Drop-in Springs or Cut the Stock Ones?
The bike in question is a '96 XLH883.
I don't want to spend the extra money on a complete lowering kit since I want to eventually make the bike a hardtail, but I'm thinking that the front needs to come down some. Come to think of it, I have the Profile Low rear shocks/springs made by Fox (they were on the bike when I bought it). Anyway, I'm thinking of either cutting the existing springs or buying a drop-in kit like Progressive's P/N 102000. I do have a bit of a bump to get over getting into and out of the driveway (stupid rounded curbs that don't dip down for the driveway), but when I used to have an '07 FXDC with Burly's Slammer Kit I barely scraped the kickstand spring, and that was really only if I didn't slow down much. So, here are my questions:
1. If I decide to cut the springs I have, what all is involved in the process? I'd like to run a little pre-load if I go this route, so I'm not sure if I'd have to add spacers or helper springs, or...? And then there's the ultimate questions...how much to cut off?
2. Option 2: go with the drop-in kit and bring it down about 2"...would this look off kilter with the rear shocks? (I think they only bring the rear down by about 1")
3. Is there another alternative I have not come across?