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I am going to be installing new coils this weekend and am wondering if spring/coil compressors would damage a coil?

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-15-2010, 08:43 PM
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I didn't think you even needed to compress the springs... DROOOOOP!

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You can get them in by just letting everything droop, but to answer your question: no, using the spring compressors won't damage the coils.

I've used both methods, and letting everything droop is actually easier. The compressors are a pita to use.

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You can get them in by just letting everything droop, but to answer your question: no, using the spring compressors won't damage the coils.

I've used both methods, and letting everything droop is actually easier. The compressors are a pita to use.

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And dangerous if you don't use it properly. My dad saw a spring let loose from a compressor and shot across the guys yard. Luckily no one was in the way. They weren't sure if it was human error or if the compressor was at fault but they didn't want to use them again after that. Like everyone else said, just drop the axle far enough to slide them in. Be careful that you don't over extend the brakelines though. If you have to, just unbolt them from the chassis to give you more room.
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I had to use a compressor for my recent lift...I couldn't get enough droop...even with the drive shaft disconnected at the axle. I used a strut-type compressor and an air ratchet to do the turning. Worked out just fine. You can borrow one from Parts America/Advanced Auto for free. Very easy.

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