1987 Mercury Cougar
This is the car I have to work with so I am going to try and make it into something. It is a loaded anniversary edition in excellent shape with a 302 V8 so I will try to turn it into a fun ride. I would like to lower it an inch or two but not sure of the total impact. Can I just cut down the coil springs and if so will this cause changing a lot of the rest of the components such as the strut length and steering mechanism? There is not a lot out there about these cars, only the mustang fox bodies. Appreciate your input on this.
The ’87 Cougars & Thunderbirds have not yet been fully embraced by the aftermarket but in time that is sure to change. On many cars spring coils can be cut to lower a cars drive height, although caution should be exercised in doing so. Never use a torch to cut springs as the heat will relax the spring tension in the rest of the spring. A cutoff wheel and an air blowgun work best for simultaneous cutting and cooling. It is best to cut a little and test; you can always cut more.
NOTE: When shortening springs the ride will become stiffer and harsher, as there is less spring to absorb road bumps. NEVER use a torch to lower suspension components. Many garage enthusiasts have simply placed a torch on coil springs to relax them, however you have no control on how much is lowered and the springs become more brittle once cooled.
Once your springs are cut, no additional work to the rear of the car is needed, however the front will need a front-end alignment. I would encourage you to discuss your project with your alignment shop before cutting springs to address any of their concerns during the spring shortening process.
Wrench Safe, Mark