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Username Post: Need a recommendation for a good coil spring compressor        (Topic#358736)
LSS1333 
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11-07-19 01:25 PM - Post#2779735    

What is the best (safe) coil spring suppressor for someone who has never used one?

Thanks



 


grumpyvette 
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11-07-19 02:57 PM - Post#2779741    
    In response to LSS1333

https://www.harborfreight.com/single-action-strut-...

about the least expensive option that Ive used that worked reasonably well

above


if your going to do the job every few months
get something a bit more substantial



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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Spring-Compressor -Hydraul...

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Rick_L 
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11-07-19 07:08 PM - Post#2779753    
    In response to grumpyvette

The best compressor for the job - or even one that will work - is dependent on what vehicle you are working on.

Example, that HF compressor won't work on many cars, but works fine on a few.



 
Frank_T 
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11-30-19 05:46 AM - Post#2781273    
    In response to LSS1333

Ive never had success with ANY coil spring compressor. I havent used all of them, so there may be something that works for you... but I have found a much safer way to compress the spring... Have them Banded. Find a front end shop that does larger trucks and ask to have the springs banded. Basically they compress the spring and put a steel band on it. You can get one or two bands put on them. Normally I get a single band, it looks like a potato chip when you get it but it works fine. Once you get the spring in place and weight of the car on it, just cut the band.




 
dgstarr 
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11-30-19 04:56 PM - Post#2781308    
    In response to LSS1333

I rented a spring compressor from Autozone. It is actually free, you just pay a deposit and get it back. I used it on my 62 factory AC Impala SS with stock HD front springs. Changing the front springs is not an easy job, but it worked.



 
paulo57509 
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11-30-19 11:35 PM - Post#2781319    
    In response to LSS1333

It's kind of late to be chiming in, but the only compressor that I've had good success with are the Ken-Tool compressors for MacPherson struts.

https://www.kentool.com/product/macpherson-st rut-c...

What makes these better than cheap compressors is the screws are Acme threaded. They take axial force better than a conventional "V" thread. The compressors don't have the tendency to wrap itself around the spring when you're tightening the screws.



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5Larry7 
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12-01-19 01:09 PM - Post#2781339    
    In response to LSS1333

I have tried some spring compressors, but the one I have the best result using a long piece of threaded rod with an eye bolt on one end and through the eyebolt I put a shock absorber bottom attachment that I took out of an old shock. Then attach the eyebolt end with the old shock part to the A frame through the spring and then through the upper shock mount with a solid washer. Then turn the nut on the upper end of the treaded rod until the spring is compressed enough to get the ball joint into the spindle. Occasionally I have had to disconnect the inner pivot points of the lower A frame, then compress the spring, attach the lower ball joint to the spindle, then re-connect the A frame to the inner pivot points.



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