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Old 05-25-2006, 02:55 PM
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Coil spring compressor

Where to find a GM / or good coil spring compressor?
I need one for mounting the front springs on camaro (Z 28 stronger springs) subframes.
I used the cheap type compressors, with the two hooks and one broke the other flew of and i ended up with a hole in my hand (and i thought that was a woman thing ?)
I mean the type with two disc like rings and a big spindle that go inside the coil spring.

Hope somebody has this tool for sale.

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You're making it harder then it is. I have never used a "spring compressor" to install springs in any of my GM cars. If you let the lower control arm droop you can set the spring inside and, with a floor jack under the LBJ, jack the lower control into place to assemble the loose ball joint. You do need to have the front end high enough to do this and PLEASE use jack stands...
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What Astroracer said. That's the way mechanics do it around here. Quite a bit faster also. The wifes nephew and I changed lower control arms in the truck the other evening in less than an hour. Set the spring in MAKING SURE IT IS LINED UP PROPERLY, jack up the control arm, and you are good to go.
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Thanks guy's

This is the way to go with a complete car.
But the last time i build three 55 to 59 pickup chassis (the camaro frontclip)
and when there is no motor/trans/cab and all on it ,it wont work because the chassis is to light.
So here the reason for looking for a sringcompressor.

Or any other tips of coarse.

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Ahhh... I see.
A couple of things you can do.
I have never done this myself but a friend of mine did this with his F1 truck with a TCI MII front suspension. He ran a piece of threaded rod through the upper and lower shock mounts with big washers and nuts on both sides. He tightened the nuts to draw the spring down.
Another option would be to make a cable or chain to go over the upper arm mount and "under" your floor jack. The cable will hold the frame down while you jack the spring into position.
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Because of where you're located the threaded rod might be your best option. I doubt you can go to the local auto parts store and borrow a spring compressor like we can here.
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Because of where you're located the threaded rod might be your best option. I doubt you can go to the local auto parts store and borrow a spring compressor like we can here.
What he said..All that tool is is a large threaded rod with some means to trap the spring..running a long rod from the lower control arm to the upper shock mount with some big washeers makes alot of sense to me..wish I had thought of it..

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I did my third gen springs with a compressor from Harbor Freight,
I used it several times and in the end the threads gave out.
The weight of the car will not compress the spring, even shorter ones from Hotchkis that I fitted.I have another still in its packaging.
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my friend owns a spring shop when ever they do front coils they use the floor jack method and if there's a problem ,,,like to much spring length,,they put the spring in a press shorten it then put strong metal banding on it only temp. install it ,ball joint nut ..then cut the band works great..jb
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From the pics in the shop manual , it is a tool very similar to this one.
Any body any experience with this brand?
And dont know if this disc size is ok.

As far as a treathed rod goes, i was /am busy with making one, but realy dont want a accident like before again, need my hands to make a living.

The rod i liked to use is 20MM/aprox 3/4" and some steel cut discs with a trust bearing and some longtread nuts.

The dealerships overhere dont have these tools (dont need to ,do it the jack way)

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I used the floorjack method as described before a few times. For a while when I did the coils on unweighted chassis I would chain the frame to the jack. What a PITA.
Then one time I had a spring eject itself, Probably my own fault but nevertheless, it was a somewhat violent event.
Then I bought one of those tools with the hooks. Those things suck.
Then I made one with threaded rod. I have used this one probably 20 times and as long as I keep it greased up good it works ok. I made a better one with an ACME threaded rod but it seems to have disappeared, so I am back to this one. (I will make another one with better rod soon, and not lend it out) I don't remember why I made it that long. I'm sure there was a reason.
Since I have used the threaded rod type tool I don't bother with the floorjack way anymore.
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Duplicated the original style spring compressor.
Works like a dream, unbolted two coil springs in about fifteen minutes from a camaro frontclip.
No hasle, nothing scary, no jacks, chains or anything else.

Wish i made it earlier.

Will post some pics later on.
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The correct compressor is sold by OTC and is the dealer supplied tool for both FORD and GM.

Too many people have been seriously hurt by makeshift methods. It isn't worth the argument, but the warning has to get out there for the new guys.
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Old 06-04-2006, 02:26 AM
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Hello Duke

Cant find the right compressor by OTC.
Only find the ones that goes via the outside.This one has to fit inside the coil.
And don't worry I was a toolmaker years ago.

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i have learned that no matter what type of spring compresser you use ,,you must be care ful...a couple of years ago ,i was changeing a strut using a snap-on strut spring compresser that bolted on the strut,something went wrong and the spring hit the gutter on the second floor..i believe i could have had one side to tight to soon..regardless ever since i use a short piece of welded link chain,and i hook it to something to make sure that never happens again.on thing that i like is a lot of partstore chains,will rent or loan special tools to do a lot of these type of repairs,and like Martha says thats a good thing.jb
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