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Old 07-23-2015, 06:00 PM   #1
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Spring compressor for strut/shock spring installation

Will this internal coil spring compressor work?

I like the idea and it is currently on sale.

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No because the front strut will be in the center.
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Used one similar to this when we did my springs.

http://m.harborfreight.com/macpherso...not%20provided


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No because the front strut will be in the center.
Thank you for pointing that out!

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Used one similar to this when we did my springs.

MacPherson Strut Spring Compressor Set

Thank you for the suggestions. That's a good price.


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You're not the only one Liv. I rented one from AdvanceAuto when I did my springs. The counter guy insisted the inner coil compressor would work... I think he was the stock boy covering while the real guy was in the bathroom. I picked up a cheap compressor like the one shown above. Advice: if you don't have a compressor, borrow one and go buy a 1/2 pneumatic impact gun (they are like $40). It will save you MAJOR time and suffering in tightening and loosening the compressors.
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Also, grab the spring as high up, and as low down as you can. These springs are massive, I was literally almost grounding my compressor out before I was able to get the spring off.
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You're not the only one Liv. I rented one from AdvanceAuto when I did my springs. The counter guy insisted the inner coil compressor would work... I think he was the stock boy covering while the real guy was in the bathroom. I picked up a cheap compressor like the one shown above. Advice: if you don't have a compressor, borrow one and go buy a 1/2 pneumatic impact gun (they are like $40). It will save you MAJOR time and suffering in tightening and loosening the compressors.
Excellent suggestion. Rent compressor + buy a cheap air gun.

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Also, grab the spring as high up, and as low down as you can. These springs are massive, I was literally almost grounding my compressor out before I was able to get the spring off.
Thanks for the tip. It's good to know this before hand.
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What do you think of the alternate method of decompressing the front spring before removing it from the car? As shown in this video starting at about 50 sec.




Looks like he has to push the control arm and rotor down more and seems to put some strain on the brake hose.
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That's really cool. You don't need a spring compressor in this method.

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What do you think of the alternate method of decompressing the front spring before removing it from the car? As shown in this video starting at about 50 sec.




Looks like he has to push the control arm and rotor down more and seems to put some strain on the break hose.
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I didn't use a spring compressor when I did mine. I just set the assembly in the grass and stood over it as I used my impact gun to remove the nut. It just pops off. As long as your face isn't over it your fine. I put it in the grass so it really couldn't go anywhere, and it didn't.
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