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HOW CAN I TELL if the coil springs have been cut in my truck because it was lowered and always vibrate when running and jumps a litle bit

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I have done a lot of custom trucks and when u cut the springs it is the worst thing u can do to it !! but if they have been cut all u have to do is jack up the truck and take one of the front wheels off and grab one of the springs and try to move it with your hands if they have been cut there be a lot of play after the truck has been jacked up and the weight is off the springs!!!

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