You've got the right idea with the springs. I used to have a link to using a bathroom scale and tape measure to rate springs. Thought it was from offroad.com/dirtbike. Maybe you find.quote:Originally posted by gearheadE30
True, shims are reversible. Once I get it all apart I'm going to check the rest length (I know it isn't tension but its as close as I can get in my garage) and see how close it is. I'll have to see what it looks like and then go from there on shimming/cutting. The ride height and sag are about right though right now, and the last thing I want to do is raise the front end more with shims. But yeah, you're probably right. I may just try shims as first and see how that goes. I can always take it apart again later.
And no, you can't weld a spring. The heat will cause it to lose tension, thus making it not much of a spring anymore.