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What to do about rear springs?

I have Koni streets on the rear with the non adjustable perch for ride height. I want to lower the car. At this point, if I want to keep Konis, I have to buy yellow "sports" and smaller diameter (2 1/2 ID) springs and threaded collars to accomplish what I need.

After 15 months of construction, I am out of money, but the car is finished save for the rear springs. I just want to track it a couple of times before choosing new suspension stuff. I can't find any short stiff springs to lower the car with the Konis. So, I am thinking of cutting down some 160# stock height springs that came with the street Konis off a six conversion that wrecked.

If I cut the springs and bend the wind at the base to fit in the perch better, I will have about a 185-190 short spring. That fits pretty well with my front 22mm T-bars. I could use some advice before I do this.
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You CAN cut them...but the spring rate will be iffy. Cut a set and then see if someone has a spring compression tool that has a readout....

You could do like the low rider's do....heat or clamps.....
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Using a spring rate calculator, I can determine exactly where to cut the coils for a specific rate. What I can't predetermine quite as acurately is the drop in ride height. Maybe I'll have to use Mickey's clamps to corner balance the car.
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