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Coil compressor

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Elliotttr35, May 11, 2017.

  1. May 11, 2017 at 8:20 PM
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    Elliotttr35

    Elliotttr35 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    hello all!

    I've been searching TW for the past hour or so trying to find a brand of
    Coil compressor someone has used with success on a 16 Tacoma. I have the following coil compressor and figures it would work but it doesn't fit (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000...e=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=2EM5369MHFYA2ERJAEMY&th=1).

    If someone has a brand they used with success and would be willing to share, I'd be very appreciative.

    Thanks!
     
  2. May 11, 2017 at 8:23 PM
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    Hiluxski

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    I just learned a trick and it worked perfect not using a coil spring compressor use your truck , there's a video floating around here on how to do it and I watched it and it worked perfect better than any spring compressor . use the lower control arm and leave the shock mount it in the upper mount just take that nut off and lower the lower control arm and it comes right out it's so easy it's wonderful.reassembly is a breeze if you're putting any spacers are changing the coils just put it right back together put the nut back on done
     
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  3. May 11, 2017 at 8:25 PM
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    Elliotttr35

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    Thanks @Hiluxski! I saw that video as well, I'll give it a go.
     
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  4. May 11, 2017 at 8:28 PM
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    Ugh. I hate those things. I've gotten those to work... but it's super sketchy.
     
  5. May 11, 2017 at 8:36 PM
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    Link please
     
  6. May 11, 2017 at 8:44 PM
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  7. May 11, 2017 at 8:45 PM
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    Thanks :cheers:
     
  8. May 11, 2017 at 8:50 PM
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    Used that method a week ago. Works great.
     
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  9. May 12, 2017 at 7:21 AM
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    I wouldn't recommend those OP they can be very dangerous.
    I've used the wight of the vehicle to compress\decompress springs for many years before the videos were made and it's worked very well for me on non strut suspensions also. Lot safer!

    Cheers
     
  10. May 12, 2017 at 8:17 AM
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    I did a write up on this you can view from my sig links below.

    Another option is to find a little tire shop in the hood you can offer 20 bucks to use their wall mounted style compressor
     
  11. May 12, 2017 at 8:45 AM
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    This method of using the trucks weight is very effective. There's no way I'd used the 2 piece screw in ones mentioned in the OP. If you aren't comfortable with the truck weight/floor jack method you can always find a local repair shop and have them assemble the struts for you, I can't imagine the labor on it would be too bad.
     
  12. May 12, 2017 at 9:06 AM
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    I suggested this to someone the other day. Hood shops are a valuable resource, saved my ass a few times.
     
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    I'm glad I saw this. I've used the above compressor a few times before and was always scared it would break!
     
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    I'm gonna either do the weight of the vehicle on the vehicle way like in the video or just pay someone to compress them for me. Not worth the risk.
     
  16. May 7, 2020 at 7:48 AM
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    Has anyone tried using the bottle jack that comes with the tacoma to compress instead of using a floor jack? Just asking as I don't have a floor jack and want to replace my shocks myself.
     
  17. May 7, 2020 at 7:58 AM
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    I wouldn't do it. Those jacks are a worse case scenario type thing, they aren't stable at all and when you lower and have to raise that lower arm it will put quite a bit of side load on the jack. The factory bottle jack will just tip over, not to mention I doubt it has enough length to actually be able to do this.
     
  18. May 7, 2020 at 8:05 AM
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    Plain Jane Taco

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    I've used them for years....dozens of times on all manner of springs. Never an issue.

    That said...using the truck's weight trick is certainly easier...at least for this particular vehicle
     
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  19. May 7, 2020 at 8:10 AM
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    This works. Just remember to go slow. If you have a floor jack that can slowly be released, that helps to go slowly. That's how I've done it.

    Edit: Also, I get that coils are sketchy all around, but the rentable coil compressors seem extra sketchy as they hold the tension of the coil. With the weight of the truck method, you'll only be handling the coil once it's not under tension anymore.
     
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  20. May 7, 2020 at 9:03 AM
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    I’ve used my shop press numerous times for compressing the coilovers and separating the top plate. C3D87530-75D6-4C71-9632-98C2CC066276.jpg 57115E0B-F9B2-41F1-990B-010FD4698FF6.jpg
     
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