I agree that a typical coiled extension spring spec includes a pre-load for fully retracted length, so it should be in the spring description.
Until then, give the initial spring length according to what the spring length would be for zero tension if the coils did not interfere.
And remember that for large deformations the extension and compression loads are not exactly linear anyway. As the spring changes length the leverage on the coils changes with change in spring diameter so that k increases as the coil diameter decreases.This thread is inactive and closed by the PTC Community Management Team. If you would like to provide a reply and re-open this thread, please notify the moderator and reference the thread. You may also use "Start a topic" button to ask a new question. Please be sure to include what version of the PTC product you are using so another community member knowledgeable about your version may be able to assist.