I live in Northern Ireland and our local vehicle inspectors (employed by the government) have been out alongside police stopping the boy racers in their lowered cars checking the security of springs, shocks, etc. On some occasions the inspectors have taken the vehicles away to be inspected and were shocked by some of the things they found – so much so they invited a local TV station in to film some of their findings. They showed a small car (I think it was a Clio) up on a ramp which had been fitted with lowered rear springs and when the suspension was dropped the shortened spring fell out. The travel of the shock absorber (which limits the extent of suspension travel) was greater than the length of the spring. This clampdown was apparently the result of a similar car which had been involved in an accident. Has anyone else come across a similar situation? Comments would be greatly appreciated.