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Offline Jo-BOB

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Coil Compressor
« on: April 05, 2013, 07:12:32 PM »
Does anyone out there have a heavy duty spring compressor?

I just ordered the OME coilovers, and need to be able to compress the springs otherwise ill need to take it to a shop and have them compress the spring for me.

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Re: Coil Compressor
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2013, 07:19:35 PM »
Does anyone out there have a heavy duty spring compressor?

I just ordered the OME coilovers, and need to be able to compress the springs otherwise ill need to take it to a shop and have them compress the spring for me.

When I got mine I rented one from Autozone and they couldnt do the job, for $50 at PepBoys left them do it, it took them an hour.

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Re: Coil Compressor
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2013, 07:24:00 PM »
I was looking to get coilovers put on on the 21st when the mod day happens. That isnt too bad for the compression from pepboys, but I dont have a second car to drive the coils over thats why I was hoping someone had a spring compressor so that would eliminate having to take the coils to pepboys or some other shop.

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Re: Coil Compressor
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2013, 09:00:07 AM »
If you ordered the HD springs the rental coil compressors will not work. You will need a wall mounted setup like the ones at pepboys, 4wheel parts, etc. Even the LD springs are pretty robust. I'd just pay for someone to do it for you... It's safer that way.
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Re: Coil Compressor
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2013, 09:37:48 AM »
Coilovers usually refer to the spring and coil spring assembly (fully assembled).  Did you buy coil springs separately from the shocks?  If they are separate, then, yes you will need to compress the springs to install the shocks.

When I bought my AC coils, I had a local shop (C&R Tire) compress my springs in their wall-mounted spring compressor.  Springs is one thing I chose not to mess with.  IMHO, the portable spring compressors are not that safe, and I will never use them.
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Re: Coil Compressor
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2013, 11:06:01 AM »
If you can pay somebody to do something for a reasonable price that would not be safe for you to do, then pay someone to do it. 
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Re: Coil Compressor
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2013, 10:14:44 AM »
I've got a spring compressor that I picked up from Harbor Freight... That thing has almost killed me twice! It's great being able to move your own springs, but it is a frustrating job without a high end compressor that's strong enough, thin enough, and versatile enough to spread compression evenly across the spring so they don't bulge in the muddle and then not get caught on the new shock once it's put back together. Not to mention the force a compressed spring can put on those tightening lugs is enough to drive them through a wall if the threads don't hold.

When one of my clamps failed when my dad and I were working on the suspension, my dad didn't realize he had the shock pointed right at me and I ended up with a spring and cap assembly that shot off and missed by face by less than an inch. That was an adrenaline moment ;D

So it's not impossible if it needs to be done, but take precautions, and spend the money to get good tools.

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Re: Coil Compressor
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2013, 02:54:22 PM »
what would be a reasonable price to ask to get my coils compressed?

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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2013, 04:07:22 PM »
I called 4wheelparts they were IIRC $100+, I called PepBoys in Mesa and they charged me $50 it took them an hour.

You have to have your stock shocks off and then you take your stock ones and the new ones you bought in and they take the top off your stock ones and press it onto your new ones.

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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2013, 04:17:58 PM »
That sounds like the best deal to me. 
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Re: Coil Compressor
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2013, 04:25:58 PM »
$50? The time alone that it takes to remove the springs makes that worth it. I'd go that route too ;D

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Re: Coil Compressor
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2013, 04:28:40 PM »
$50? The time alone that it takes to remove the springs makes that worth it. I'd go that route too ;D

Yeah I was surprised at the price also, it took an hour which we all know shop time per hour is definitely higher than that, I wasn't complaining especially after what 4wheelparts quoted me.

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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2013, 09:23:09 PM »
That sounds like a good deal. With the shop compressing the coilovers do I need to let them know that I want an 1.5"-2" in lift. Or will the coil automatically give the lift?

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Re: Coil Compressor
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2013, 09:34:05 PM »
That sounds like a good deal. With the shop compressing the coilovers do I need to let them know that I want an 1.5"-2" in lift. Or will the coil automatically give the lift?

On the OME's you ordered they are not adjustable, the lift is coming from the fact that they are longer than the stock coilovers, the lift is not exact, that's why they estimate anywhere from 1.5"-2" of lift.

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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2013, 11:11:17 PM »
I see, thanks for all the info and help with this. I appreciate it.