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I need to remove the front coils on a 76 Dodge B300. This was a jamboree camper with a coil wire of 7/8". I have been looking for a spring compressor but only find ones for cars or light duty pickups. When I get these out I will put lighter duty springs in as I don't have the weight over the front as I use to. I am looking for ideas or if I could trust the compressors rated for less.


A funny story here: A friend used his dad's tractor with a dozer blade on the front to compress springs against a telephone pole. He then wired them up with #9 wire and installed in his 67 chevelle.

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I just watched a video where removing the lower ball joint and letting the lower a arm down with a floor jack will let you remove the spring. Will this work on this truck front end. Thanks
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I just watched a video where removing the lower ball joint and letting the lower a arm down with a floor jack will let you remove the spring. Will this work on this truck front end. Thanks
I did this same thing changing my Nova springs, I ran a chain through the coil spring around the front cross member to capture it in case it took flight...
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Thanks for your answer. I need to fabricate my fender mounts then I will try to get them out. I plan to replace with 3/4 ton springs for a softer ride.
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I bought a generic 4-hook spring compressor over 30 years ago, they still should be less than $75. Mine is an OTC, ran me $60 back then.


I only use it for putting springs back in. On stock cars, the springs were so short I never needed a compressor. The ones in my car have ben shortened, so I need to compress them a little bit. I use nothing when I take them out, being on the clock working on cars, we took every short cut possible.
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