I'm reading through http://www.pinrepair.com/em/index2.htm in detail and it's suggested multiple times to cut springs shorter to increase tension, even for something as finicky as AS relays:
"Test the AS relay again. If the movement of the moving arm is still sluggish, remove the AS relay return spring and cut off TWO "loops" off the spring (and then bend the last "loop" of the freshly cut spring up 90 degrees.) "
On the other hand, I've heard from others that its best to replace with a new spring.
Cut or replace? What do you recommend and why? (thanks for your votes and comments)