Spring Compressor Safety

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Old 03-09-13, 06:14 AM
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Spring Compressor Safety

I just ordered a clamshell-style coil spring compressor and was wondering if anyone has experience with this type of compressor. I originally purchased the cheap two-piece type but they just don't see very safe so I've decided to go with the clamshell type. I will be compressing the front coils of a 2004 Toyota Tundra, which I'm assuming are a bit stiffer than those of a car. I have a cordless impact wrench and I'm hoping it will suffice. I'm most concerned with compressing the springs and whether I should do it myself or take them to a shop. I'd rather do it myself, but not at the risk of life or limb. I've already bought the tools to do it and the shocks are adjustable so it would be nice to have the know-how.
 
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Old 03-09-13, 06:25 AM
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Is this for a one-time repair/upgrade or something you'll use repeatedly? Not worth the money/time/effort if it's a one-time use.
 
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I've needed one a couple times in the past and since the shocks are adjustable, there's a good possibility that I'll be adding more lift later. It was only $50 so not bad at all.
 
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Replacing struts - YouTube

not bad. very pricy. But I had some major issues using conventional compressor on small car struts, say - Civic, as there was no clearance between shock and coil. Was total pain. This looks much more convenient.
 
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$50? Where you got it from for $50? Listed for $170 plus shipping. I'll buy one for 50 green ones myself.
 
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Found it. Seriously, is it even real? All else list them for at least 0ver $130.

OTC Automotive Strut Tools | eBay

I don't get it. He has that compressor for $52, then exactly same one - for $279. Beats me.
 
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No clue. That's not the one I bought. It was red.
 
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Care to share where you got yours from?
 
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Well, let us know how goes it. I am somewhat not sure on how well it works on say sedans. That "up to 7 inches" throws me off. Have no idea how wide springs are in our Camry and Rx300.

Ok, you have me. Measured Rx300 rear spring - dead smack 7 inches. That's the largest strut we have.

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No problem. I think I'll hold on to the cheap 2-piece compressor kit and use them in conjunction with the clamshell as a fail-safe. And maybe even a couple ratcheting tie down straps in case something goes wrong. Maybe overkill, but better safe than sorry.
 
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I think it comes with an O-shaped safety brace. That red ring looking thing. You should be fine. It's just so cheap. Like I said, everyone else has them for at least $135. But it appears to be quick and easy tool.
No worries, if something happens, I am a good prosthetist.
 
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Old 03-21-13, 06:07 PM
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You don't even have to buy a spring compressor

You can go to Advance Auto Parts and rent one for @ $49, then when you return it within 90 days, you get your money back. Can rent as often as you want. Basically your cost is 0.
 
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Advance auto only had the cheap(er) 2-piece compressor. I don't feel safe using that type. I ended up buying a clamshell compressor, but it wouldn't fit because one of the hooks was facing the wrong direction.
 
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