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    Posted: May/28/2019 at 5:34am
hi, just got my 79 Spirit back from paint shop car looks great. However, as with a lot of Amcs it sits a little nose high, not much, but enough, maybe an inch. I don't want to lift the rear, or "slam" the car in any way, just level it out (its a 50k original mile car)
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cut  1/2 of a coil out of front springs?
or...???

wheels will be the factory Turbocast IIs (14x7)   215/60/14  front, 235/60/14 rear   
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is the front really high? or is the low rear from sagging springs? they are 30 years old.

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hi, I think the front is where its supposed to be, the rears LOOK ok, yes they are 40 years old, but car has only 52k original miles.  lot of AMCs seemed a little nose high when new. I guess I could get new rear springs and rearch them 1/2" or so over stock, but they ain't broken, so I don't want to fix them:). plus I like the rear ride height.
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The rear springs sag on Spirit models.Then later on when you drag race the passenger side snaps.Makes a bang inside the car you will never forget
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You could drop the nose 1 5/8" with lowering plates. Probably give your Sprit it a nice stance!!
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Mine was nose high, i cut 1 loop out of the springs, lowered about 1-1/2ins.

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Cut the coils. I went with 1 coil on newer springs but you could start with 1/2 coil.
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In the wise words of the late UnclJohn, cut off 1/2 coil. I think he is the 1st person that have heard this from, from way back in starting here.

Though, be sure your rear leafs are good, or at least the right height your happy with.

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Originally posted by AMXRWB AMXRWB wrote:

...later on when you drag race the passenger side snaps.Makes a bang inside the car you will never forget

Heard that!
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I too noticed my '79 Gt was sitting high and like you said, this was standard stance on most AMCs. Since I had the driver's fender off, the spring was visible. So I took my Dremel and cut off one bottom loop. Let me caution you that I did this with the wheel off and the lower arm hanging in mid air. This lessened the tension on the spring. Watch where you put your hands and especially your fingers. I had to use several cut off wheel but it did a fine job. When the loop cam off, I had to cut it in half to get it out. One loop was perfect! And it sat exactly where the original end sat in the perch. Did the other side the same way but with the fender on.

I had put 15" Turbocast wheels on the back so I needed a little lift so I added air shocks (here comes the naysayers) and took the rear up 3/4" just enough to get fender well clearance.

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