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Unread 07-08-2010, 03:00 PM   #1
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Coil Spring Compressor ?

I am in the middle of my lift and can't get my new 4" springs in. I have taken everything off, but installed the new control arms because I couldn't get them in when the new springs were on. Now that the arms are in the axle wont drop enough to get the spring in.

Does anyone have experience with coil spring compressors? I assume you need a two piece setup that hooks onto the outside of the springs. My new springs have a spring rate of about 220 inch lbs. How much can these spring compressors handle?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Unread 07-08-2010, 03:14 PM   #2
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you can rent them from most chain auto parts stores. You will need the ones that are used on Struts since they mount to the spring from the outside. Before you go through the trouble of a spring compressor you might try un bolting the control arm from the frame instead of the axle. I was having the same issue you are and when i did that i was able to make it work. After you get the spring in you can hook a ratchet strap to the axle and pull it back until the control arm lines back up. Hope this helps.

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Unread 07-08-2010, 03:16 PM   #3
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i bought my strut compressors from pep boys for around $35. well worth it and makes life easy. i have already used them 3 times in less than 2 months.
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Unread 07-08-2010, 03:37 PM   #4
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I tried the ratchet strap when I was trying to get the axle end bolted up. I will try it the other way tomorrow.

$35 is not that bad if that's what I need.
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Unread 07-08-2010, 03:59 PM   #5
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Do you have the shocks and the sway bar links disconnected at the axle when you are trying to install the springs?

Are you pushing down on the axle?

Are you using a pry bar to help slide the spring in?

If you absolutely have to, you can unbolt one end of the track bar and you'll pick up a ton of axle droop then.

I have a set of coil spring compressors/strut spring compressors and I never use them on my TJ or anyone else's.
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Unread 07-08-2010, 04:33 PM   #6
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Remove TB,
Remove lower end of shocks.
Unbolt the sway links.
Jack up one side push down on the opposite.
I had to use compressors on the front of my jeep but he rears popped right in.
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Unread 07-08-2010, 04:35 PM   #7
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I didn't need compressors for my RE 4.5" springs when I first did my lift.

Like stated above, raise the opposite side and push down on the side you are trying to get the spring into.

Make sure your shocks and sway bar links are disconnected.
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Unread 07-08-2010, 05:10 PM   #8
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I've tried installing even 2" lift springs without spring compressors and I can't manage it on my rig, even though I hear a lot of first hand accounts from people on JF being able to do so w/ 2-4" lift springs.

I don't get what I'm doing wrong but I simply can't get it to work.

So when ever I've needed to do spring work I just borrow the spring compressors. Rather than fighting the spring the whole process just goes much smoother with the compressors. And yes, if you want / need to use them you'll need the ones that fit on the outside of the spring. Even then, pay attention to their orientation around the spring. As you tighten or loosen the compresson bolts they can end up getting "stuck" in the bracketry of the axles / frame. It's not a big deal, just pay attention to how the clamps are oriented.
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How about $10 . This is the one I use.....it is tough to get it in the tight area though.
MacPherson Strut Spring Compressor Set



this would be Ideal
Single Action Strut Spring Compressor
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How about $10 . This is the one I use.....it is tough to get it in the tight area though.
MacPherson Strut Spring Compressor Set



this would be Ideal
Single Action Strut Spring Compressor
I have used that cheaper one several times. ruined the first set, then made sure and put grease on the threads for the second set and they have been going good for two spring changes.
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Unread 07-08-2010, 07:16 PM   #11
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i rented a set of spring compressors from Checker the first time, but the second time i pulled the springs i just bought them. i got tired of using gas to go rent them
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Thanks for all the replies, I appreciate it. As of now, the only thing connected to the axle are the 4 control arms, front driveshaft and a breather hose. No brakes, TB, shocks, drag link, ect.

I will try the pushing one end up really far and if that wont work, I can try and unbolt the frame end of the LCAs. I have already spent 5 hours taking my arms on and off so I would be more than happy to go rent a spring compressor if it comes to that. Sounds like they normally are not needed but they make things much easier.
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Unread 07-08-2010, 07:54 PM   #13
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They DO make easier. I used Autozone loaners twice. With an electric impact I could zip the spring down in a couple minutes and pop it right in. IMHO, you wasted too much time already.
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Oh yeah remove the breather also
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They DO make easier. I used Autozone loaners twice. With an electric impact I could zip the spring down in a couple minutes and pop it right in. IMHO, you wasted too much time already.
I will see if I can get my hands on my friends air compressor and impact. I really did waste my time on this. I feel like an idiot looking at the front end for hours and not coming up with new options, which is why I love hitting up the forum.

Thanks for the help guys.
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