Originally Posted by Technic
If everything in both illustrations are exactly the same except the nut position, once you lower the car the spring will compress to the same steady state height regardless of either setup.
The ride height will be determined by the spring itself and the shock/strut base position (the "sleeve" where the bottom of the strut is inserted) as previously explained.
Ok cool I guess that makes sense, but how about in the extreme case if the uninstalled strut has a top mount that is compressing the spring even more than the normal weight of the car would when it's installed? This would the car to be even lower right?