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Would you trust this coil compressor?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by mjl, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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    mjl

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    Hello,

    I'm about to install the 5100's on my 02 tacoma this weekend, the only place I could find that sell coil compressors was princess auto (which is known for its cheap tools) Would you guys trust this or should I take the coils somewhere and have the struts swapped in a shop?

    [​IMG]

    Thanks,

    FYI I've used a very similar unit that I borrowed from Canadian Tire years back without problems but that was for a Jetta
     
  2. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:47 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Yes, I used that style on my Tundra springs.
     
  3. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:49 AM
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    YotaDan

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    No. But they do work. So be careful
     
  4. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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  5. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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    I wouldnt trust it. You can get a better compressor from Harbor frieght for under $50.00.......
     
  6. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    You got lucky. :cool:
     
  7. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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    MJonAgs32

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    I used something like that with my lift. i changed my lift 3 diff times, all using that compressor. it works, but without air tools, its damn near impossible. good luck and be patient

    it was more like this
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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    Skill..........:cool:

    They went in the trash afterwards.
     
  9. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:54 AM
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    You haz no skillz.....c'ept for fishing....I'll give ya that....:cool:
     
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    advance autoparts loans out better ones for free. i think it's just a $50 deposite that you get back when you bring the tool back
     
  11. Jun 16, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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    I bought a used set on eBay that looked beefer than those for a total cost of $15. The bolts flexed as I was cranking them down and it looked a little scary. If your in doubt about using them take them to a shop and avoid the worry. The instructions for these spring compressers says not to use air tools, but we did and nothing adverse happened. I used a set without air tools one time and my fore arms looked like "popeye" the sailor's after the endless cranking with a 1/2 ratchet.
     
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    OK thanks,

    They also have this model that I just found. Think it's any better?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Those look like the ones you can rent from autozone. Very heavy duty and safe.

    [​IMG]
     
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    This one is better:

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    And this is better yet:

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    I tried with the suicide sticks after i realized how dangerous it really was and how time consuming, i just took them in and got them swapped for 40 bucks...no regrets.
     
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    Bish please...........:quickdraw:
     
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    I would'nt even wanna be within 50 feet of that first one:eek:

    That looks like it might be able handle a spring from my mechanical pencil
     
  18. Jun 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM
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    They are not ideal but I have used that type of spring compressor twice.

    You do need a air compressor and impact wrench. Just tighten one side a bit, then the other side, and back and forth.
     
  20. Jun 17, 2010 at 6:30 AM
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    I used a similar one to this from NAPA. I'm pretty sure you have NAPA in Canada. The one I rented was a little beefier and came from their KD tool line that is geared toward commercial garages. You can see one side in the upper center of this pic:[​IMG]

    The drive nut was 15/16" and I used regular old hand tools. Time consuming, yes, but good exercise. HINT: Lubricate the threads with 30w.
     

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