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Lowering your prelude by superheating the springs

Has anyone lowered there prelude by superheating the coils until the weight of the car compacts them down? I'm trying to lower my prelude but it's not worth it to buy coil overs. I'm just wondering if anyone has done this method before or knows how to do it. Please give me some good feedback. Thanks
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Re: Lowering your prelude by superheating the springs

Bad, Bad, BAD idea. You will compromise the existing heat treatment and make the springs weaker.
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Re: Lowering your prelude by superheating the springs

using torches or super hi-current, i see nothing wrong with either method. take video and write up plz.. neighbourhood transformer should haz enough juice..
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using torches or super hi-current, i see nothing wrong with either method. take video and write up plz.. neighbourhood transformer should haz enough juice..
Coil springs are heat-treated to remove the internal stresses caused by winding the wire (even metal rod the thickness of springs is called wire), and to harden the surface. Heat the spring through enough to compress, and you'll both bremove the heat treating and change the characteristics of the material. There's a good chance the springs will collapse, and you also run the risk of making them brittle.

Don't do this. Seriously.
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Re: Lowering your prelude by superheating the springs

That's why I wanted a video as part of his homework.. especially the hi voltage method!
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Re: Lowering your prelude by superheating the springs

do it the right way or don't do it at all
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I'm trying to lower my prelude but it's not worth it to buy coil overs.
This is why people laugh at Honda owners.

Cheap/broke/hacks trying to play big boy games, with big boy toys. Cut corners, hack it up, bodge it, fudge it...


If its not worth it to you to do it right, leave it as it is.
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Re: Lowering your prelude by superheating the springs

if you end up doing it please document everything for us. we haven't had a fail thread in a long time.
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Re: Lowering your prelude by superheating the springs

Don't encourage him on this one -- fail threads are hilarious when it's just mechanical, but this could get someone hurt.
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Re: Lowering your prelude by superheating the springs

Lol, I know nobody is going to tie in to their neighbourhood main to pulse a good 32 mW thru a coil... but it would make a good vaporizer, need cotton tshirts
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