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What spring compressor are you using? Need advice

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by wmitch352, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. Jun 3, 2019 at 12:10 PM
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    wmitch352

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    Need to pull out my COAs and compress the spring a few turns. The rental from Autozone doesn't seem to fit even close. Added picture of my COA and the rental for reference. Wondering what you guys are using to get between the coils. Any and all input is appreciated.

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  2. Jun 3, 2019 at 12:15 PM
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    Where are you located? What is the spring rate? Are you trying to use it while the shock is still on the truck?

    The rental you have pictured does work for factory springs but I wouldn't trust my life with it on any aftermarket/performance application.
     
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  3. Jun 3, 2019 at 12:17 PM
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    I use 3 of those compressors pictured for my kings. It will mark the powder coat on your coils, and it takes some work to get them in but they do fit.
     
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    located in central FL, 650# spring. Not using while on truck.

    Currently looking at this option strongly.

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    If it doesn't have ACME threads I wouldn't recommend
     
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    Had the same dilemma. Ended up taking mine off the truck and went to a local shop. They swapped coils for me for $40. Highly recommend this method.
     
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    I second this. The $40 it's going to cost is not worth loosing your teeth or any extremity of your body. If you're not swamping springs often there's no point in spending money on the proper tooling either.

    I use this personally.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LB61TGQ
     
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    you guys have a damn good point here. $540 is a tad out of budget range haha. I really only need to offload enough tension to crank them down a little (not removing the spring) so I need something narrow enough to slide in but safety is always priority number one. Had a close call last week doing the ECGS bushing swap so I've already used up one life working on this truck. Thanks for the input fellas.
     
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    you right...

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  10. Jun 3, 2019 at 2:22 PM
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    I'd help you out but I'm on the west coast so shipping would exceed the value. Best of luck!
     
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    Jack the wheel up, hit the threads with PB blaster, and start cranking. I just did my 700# King's with zero problem
     
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    Not the recommended way if you have a single pre-load ring.
     
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    i used those types of compressors when assembling my 6112s. unfortunately it was a sunday and no shops were open and my truck was already apart - 30 minute job took 3+ hours. hydraulic press at a shop is definitely the way to go with these COAs that have fatty shocks.
     
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    I just ran into this problem as well. I had ordered some 5100's but didn't elect to have them assembled. The toytec springs I had gotten are pretty beefy and struggled finding anyone that would compress them for me. Tried renting a pair of compressors like in your original post and while I was able to assemble my coilovers I couldn't get the damn compressors off once assembled. The jaws were too large. I ordered the shankly compressors you linked and everything went great. No problems with assembly and jaws are skinny enough to get in and out of heavier springs. To many people seem to be afraid of spring compressors. Take your time and it goes quite smoothly. Pay someone to do it and the next time you need it done you have to pay again. Buy the tool once in my opinion.
     

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