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Old 09-12-2006, 05:58 PM
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front spring removal

I want to remove the front coil springs in my 55 chevy. I plan on raising the front end by installing longer coil springs. Do I have to separate both the upper and lower ball joints to get the old ones out? Will I need a compressor? Thanks for your help.

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Old 09-12-2006, 06:47 PM
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yes you need a spring compressor, and yes you do need to seperate the ball joints from the spindle.
It helps to use a spring compressor to remove them, but itsnt neccessary..
Keep a floor jack under the lower arm with just a little bit of room so when you go to whack the baljoint out it will not completly fall. Once its loose, stand back and lower the jack slow till the arms all the way down.. The spring should come out now...

You will need a compressor to installer longer coils it will make it way easier.

USE A CHAIN AND WEAVE IT THROUGH YOUR COIL AND AROUND YOUR FRAME OR HEADERS THEN BOLT THE ENDS TOGETHER, IT CAN AND WILL FLY OUT AND WILL DEFINATELY MESS YOU UP GOOD IF YOU GET HIT BY IT

dont do it if your not sure what your doing.
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Do a search on this site for "coil spring compressor"
It has been covered a bunch. Lot's of tool suggestions, alternate methods, safety tips.

I typed that in the box and got 42 threads to look at. Most deal with front ends, although some are engine threads. I think there is even a couple that deal directly with tri five chevys.
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Do I have to separate both the upper and lower ball joints, or just the lower? Thanks
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Old 09-12-2006, 10:13 PM
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Just the lower.
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On my 59-----I undid the upper
The lower ball joint is pointed down with the spindle mounted below the lower control arm.

As I have done this a couple of times--I loosen the upper balljoint but leave the nut on the pin. (jack under arm is good idea) Once the joint has broke free, I then jack up the arm, and remove the nut. I lift the upper arm before lowering the jack, 'cause the angle is better and if the jack is lowered with the upper arm still in the spindle, it may bind, and be more difficult to separate.

I can get the springs out w/o a spring compressor---but there is no way to get them back in. Need the tool to reinstall.

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