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Anyone in CT with a spring compressor?
05-16-2017, 12:44 PM
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Anyone in CT with a spring compressor?
Hi all,

I am hoping to do a suspension lift this weekend. Does anyone in CT have a heavy duty spring compressor that I can borrow?

Thanks,
Nick

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05-16-2017, 02:33 PM
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RE: Anyone in CT with a spring compressor?
When I could not find one I used ratchet straps. Just get your face out the way when you release it.
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05-17-2017, 11:14 AM
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RE: Anyone in CT with a spring compressor?
Sounds dangerous!

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05-17-2017, 07:02 PM
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RE: Anyone in CT with a spring compressor?
+ 1 on the ratchet strap being dangerous. Is it really worth the risk saving a few bux. I would buy a decent spring compressor, maybe a even organize a group buy for one and let it do the rounds amongst the Syncronauts.
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05-18-2017, 10:10 AM
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RE: Anyone in CT with a spring compressor?
On our bikes rear shock its not dangerous. When you assemble you take up the preload tension with the adjuster screw and relieve the pressure on the straps. Undo them and then readjust the preload tension on the shock.


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05-18-2017, 02:05 PM
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RE: Anyone in CT with a spring compressor?
Nick I have always done that job without a spring compressor and just using a decent garage jack under the suspension arm. Works without any problems.

How are you lifting the ride height?

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05-23-2017, 09:57 AM (This post was last modified: 05-24-2017 12:17 AM by nickgraham.)
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RE: Anyone in CT with a spring compressor?
So I ended up just buying one from Midas - R450 for the 'heavy duty' one. It does not look very heavy duty to me, but at least it was better than the R215 one that wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes.
   

Anyway, it did the job, after MUCH effort and struggling. Following Camperholic's suggestion, it is now available to any other members that need it.

Ian, I fitted the taxi springs in the front. They are not that much different from the original front springs - 20mm taller and 2mm thicker diameter. I also painted them white because I liked the look of the GoWesty springs. At the back I have just used spacers.

   

Ian, I'd love to know how you do that job without a spring compressor. Firstly, I needed it to get the spring in. Do you undo the lower radius rod to do this? Secondly, my bus is not heavy enough to compress the spring sufficiently to get the top of the shock through the hole just using a jack, so I needed the compressor for this as well. If there is an easier way I would love to know. Took me 3 evenings to complete this job Angry

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05-23-2017, 01:30 PM
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RE: Anyone in CT with a spring compressor?
(05-23-2017 09:57 AM)nickgraham Wrote:  So I ended up just buying one from Midas - R450 for the 'heavy duty' one. It does not look very heavy duty to me, but at least it was better than the R215 one that wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes.


Anyway, it did the job, after MUCH effort and struggling. Following Camperholic's suggestion, it is now available to any other members that need it.

Ian, I fitted the taxi springs in the front. They are not that much different from the original front springs - 20mm taller and 2mm thicker diameter. I also painted them white because I liked the look of the GoWesty springs. At the back I have just used spacers.



Ian, I'd love to know how you do that job without a spring compressor. Firstly, I needed it to get the spring in. Do you undo the lower tie rod to do this? Secondly, my bus is not heavy enough to compress the spring sufficiently to get the top of the shock through the hole just using a jack, so I needed the compressor for this as well. If there is an easier way I would love to know. Took me 3 evenings to complete this job Angry

At least it is now done. I all ways look at it if I buy the tool myself versus having some one do it I would be paying the same amount only this way you have aquired a usefull tool.
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