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Hi there,

my 1997 e280 avantguard sits high at the rear and quite low at the front...

i checked the spring pads today and i have number 5 at front and 3 at rear.

ive ordered a set of number 1's for all 4 springs.

i think the pads will make the front sit ok but i think i might need to cut the rear springs to get the right height.

after reading through the forums at the weekend...guys recommend cutting just half of the end coil to be ok.

but if i cut half of the end coil will the spring still locate properly in the recess at the bottom arm?

is it common for the avantgarde models to be low at front and higher at rear?

here is a quick pic.

 

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it's a little uncommon for cars to have larger wheel gap in the rear. most of
the time, as you look at any car, front engine vehicles have larger gap in
front. who knows why your's is that way.

how did you settle on 1/2 coil as being the amount to cut?

no, cut the top end of the coil, not the bottom. yes, you want to ensure that
the bottom will continue to index in the LCA groove. that's why it makes more
sense to cut from the top.
 

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after using the search i read on this forum somewhere....

that half a coil was the max to cut off to still be ok to drive.

i reckon a whole coil would be the right height.
 

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If you like the way it currently sits in the front.............why not just remove the #3 pad from the rear and add the #1 pad and see where to go from there?? You might need to cut, or you might not! Just a thought :)
 

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Since the rubber spring pad rotates easily in its upper cup you may cut anywhere. Just place the bottom end at the indent in the lower arm and rotate the rubber pad so the upper indent aligns with your cut. You will see when you pull it out how the pieces fit together.:thumbsup:
 
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