yes, it's a bad idea. just because you got away with it before doesn't make it right then or now.
the rear springs are not straight up and down cyllindrical coils. they are egg-shaped with smaller diameter coils at the top and bottom. if you cut off the top or the bottom it won't fit on the perch correctly.
i can't remember if the front springs are like that, but i believe they are...and it really doesn't matter. if you can't cut the rears, why cut the fronts?
if you cut them with a torch or other heat based process, you can damage the temper of the spring, making them either stiff, brittle, or soft.
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Q: What's the difference between a bolt and a screw?
A: First, you screw. Then, you bolt.
Last edited by golden chicken; 03-14-2011 at 09:41 PM.