Another busy afternoon in my garage yesterday. I finally got to mostly finish what I started a week ago.
With one coil cut from the springs, the rear was too high- over an inch. I cut additional half a ring (total of 1.5) and now it sits maybe a half-inch tall. I intend to bend the bottom coil to flatten it so it will seat into the cup properly. Once that's done it should sit just right.
I found this article on cutting springs
. Anyone here have experience with this? The main consideration when using heat to bend a short section of it is to prevent the entire spring getting heat-soaked which would basically ruin it.
I finished the rear shock absorber swap with the passenger side. It's a day later and my garage still has a burnt rubber funk from boring out the new bushings in the Monroe's to fit the mounting pins and grinding the original bushings off. I reduced the outside diameter of the bottom sleeve a few mm's with my lathe and it pressed into the bushing with a bench vise without much of a struggle. There's no good way to chuck the top pin without a pair of 4-jaw chucks that I don't have, so I ground it by about 1mm or so with a disc sander. Good enough for government work.