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Spring Compressor help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Lentsnh, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. Jun 1, 2009 at 6:30 PM
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    Is there any easy way to use one?

    Are there any tips or tricks that I need to know before using one?
     
  2. Jun 1, 2009 at 6:31 PM
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    know what it is rated for and make sure it can handle the tacomas coils (if thats what you are using it for)
     
  3. Jun 1, 2009 at 6:31 PM
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    What kind are you going to use?
     
  4. Jun 1, 2009 at 6:35 PM
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    The ones you can rent at auto parts stores are generally too weak to handle the tacoma coils
     
  5. Jun 1, 2009 at 6:36 PM
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    Really....... What would you recommend?
     
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    I have herd they can be very dangerous if not used properly. If you are putting on new shocks just take the springs and new shocks to a machine shop or a suspension shop to press them on for you. Then just put them back on your truck.
     
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    If you're unsure of how to use one then I would personally take the springs to a suspension shop and have them do the work for you. A compressed spring stores a lot of energy and it's not worth losing a finger or a limb over.
     
  8. Jun 1, 2009 at 6:37 PM
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    Honestly, I don't think you should attempt it if you haven't at least assisted someone in the past. You can be seriously injured. A better option would be to take them off your truck and bring them to an auto shop and pay a few bucks to have them done. The shops use the heavy duty (usually) wall mounted ones and are much safer.

    3 posts in a row saying the same thing. You think we might be right? lol
     
  9. Jun 1, 2009 at 6:40 PM
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    if these are the type your using, i would STOP RIGHT NOW!

    i bent the hell out of the spring compressor by trying to use it on my springs! I took mine to a repair shop, and they charged me 15 to change the coils on both struts. FWIW
     
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    I think I'm just going to take mine to a shop and have them installed on the shocks. Especially since i'm upgrading to the OME885's that are a heavier rate than stock. You should probably do the same.
     
  11. Jun 1, 2009 at 6:42 PM
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    hahaha Yeah. But who would do that? I mean would a tire shop/store do it for me?

    How long does it usually take for them to change out the shocks? How much money is this going to cost?

    I was planning on doing this as cheaply as possible
     
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    Any shop that does suspension work. Just call one close to you and ask.

    Like the post above said, you're looking at probably $20 or so. But I'll ask you this: Are you fingers worth $20 to you?
     
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    I use the compressor at our Auto hobby shop on base. It's made to compress struts/springs for strut replacement. Works like a champ.

    I'll also add, if you've never seen this done, DO NOT do it with them rental compressors...way to dangerous.
     
  14. Jun 1, 2009 at 6:47 PM
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    ^Exactly. I can't stress enough that you should let a pro do it.
     
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    Let me try

    LET A PRO DO IT

    :D
     
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    I havent even started I wanted to see what you guys think.:) I wouldnt touch those at all. They look too sketchy.

    Yeah Im just going to stick to my OEM coils. Just change out the TRD crappys to 5100s. I will eventually change them to 885's but my wallet wont allow that right now:(

    Yeah I would like and keep everything on me the same. :)

    now $20 for both? If thats all then I have no problem taking it to a shop.
     
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    I never really liked the thought of RENTING a spring compressor after all the bad things Ive heard about them.

    I'll let a PRO do it:D;)
    :laugh: :laugh: I got it:)
     
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    I can't imagine a shop charging much more. The shop around the corner from me quote me $25. It's very quick to do with the right equipment.
     
  19. Jun 1, 2009 at 6:53 PM
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    I dont think they were too quick with Chris and Packer:rolleyes:.

    But yeah Ill ask around tomorrow and get quotes. Thanks Wilson

    about an hour?
     
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    so easy a hot chick can do it. with the right equipment.:D


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mt1UBTp0zk
     
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