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    Default What Type of SPring Compressor to use??

    I'm fixin to put a new sets of shocks on my Tundra and I was wondering if anyone could advise me what type of spring compressor I will need for the front springs? I've see a couple of different types on ebay or a buddy of mine said I could also rent one from my local auto shop.

    Any help is appreciated!!

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    Rent a set from Autozone for free. You want the kind that is mounted on the outside of the spring. If you want to feel safe rent two sets. Using one set may scare you a bit when you start to compress the spring. The rod will start to bow outwards like this ")=(" If you have a compressor with an impact gun, it'll make the job go a lot faster.

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    Harbor freight has them cheap too. Something like $9/pair. /Mike
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    I posted my shock change result in the TRD forum where we ordered our shocks from. I'm almost certain the first compressor set I used was purchased maybe ten years ago from Harbor Freight and I've used it many times on Toyota car and Maxima struts. You should have seen what it did when I tried to use it on my Tundra front shocks. The threaded jack shaft bent like a saddle as I got close to the amount I needed to release the top plate. As it bent it allowed the spring to stretch back out. I couldn't even release the pressure on the jack screw it was bent so much. I ran up to AutoZone and bought (every rental/borrow tool I ever used was hammered) a much heavier constructed set of compressors. I had to use them to retain the spring while I cut the two Harbor Freight compressors off with a hacksaw before the whole works went flying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longwoodklon
    Harbor freight has them cheap too. Something like $9/pair. /Mike
    Exactly. Heres the link
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    You might want to buy 2 sets, cause with just 2 on they kind've bow pretty good. It will work, I just did it for safety and for $10 it was worth the safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triggs75
    Exactly. Heres the link
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    You might want to buy 2 sets, cause with just 2 on they kind've bow pretty good. It will work, I just did it for safety and for $10 it was worth the safety.

    Chad
    I did two Tundras using the spring compressor from Harbor Freight. The spring compressor did bow but did not break. My suggestion is save the bucks, just be careful when using it. I posted some pics of the springs on the compressor a couple of years ago. I'll locate them and post the links so you can view them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LGL002
    I posted my shock change result in the TRD forum where we ordered our shocks from. I'm almost certain the first compressor set I used was purchased maybe ten years ago from Harbor Freight and I've used it many times on Toyota car and Maxima struts. You should have seen what it did when I tried to use it on my Tundra front shocks. The threaded jack shaft bent like a saddle as I got close to the amount I needed to release the top plate. As it bent it allowed the spring to stretch back out. I couldn't even release the pressure on the jack screw it was bent so much. I ran up to AutoZone and bought (every rental/borrow tool I ever used was hammered) a much heavier constructed set of compressors. I had to use them to retain the spring while I cut the two Harbor Freight compressors off with a hacksaw before the whole works went flying.

    Larry
    For anyone that'll like to see what can happen using a spring compressor too light for the task I posted a couple pictures in my gallery. The one compressor I had to cut the tang off the clamp to remove it as I couldn't place the newer clamps opposite one another with it still in place. The amount of compression wouldn't allow the newer tool space for insertion. Fortunately the shock inside the coil limited the amount of inward bend the coil could go. The other one I had to leave in place until I used the newer clamps to compress the spring, change the shock, install and tighten the top cap and release the spring tension. Then I was able to twist it out of the spring coils. Needless to say I was very lucky that the spring didn't come unlatched and send spring or tool parts flying everywhere in my garage.
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    Sorry for the delay, got busy with stuff behind the scenes....

    HERE is a compressed 4x4 spring to be loaded on a Bilstein shock with the spring compressor from Harbor Freight.

    I do want to add two things:

    1) You must have an impact wrench and air compressor to be able to rack these babies down slowly. As you can see in the photo the bow on the spring compressor.

    2) If you decide to do it, be extremely careful! If these get loose they could cause some damage or pain!

    If you do not feel comfortable doing this, you can go to various places and have someone else do it.

    Good luck!
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    Those Harbor Freight spring compressors are TOO cheap.

    I have similar spring compressors, but they never flex noticeably. And, I have three to use at the same time. Much better.


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    Default Great responses!! Thanks!

    Thanks for all the great advise! I really appreciate you guys taking the time to help me out. I think I'll try out the 'free' rentals at my local auto zone and see where that gets me. I'll post my results once I'm finished.

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    Default Replacing Tundra Shocks yourself

    Could you please post those pics again? IM curious as to what Im up against



    Quote Originally Posted by Possum
    Sorry for the delay, got busy with stuff behind the scenes....

    HERE is a compressed 4x4 spring to be loaded on a Bilstein shock with the spring compressor from Harbor Freight.

    I do want to add two things:

    1) You must have an impact wrench and air compressor to be able to rack these babies down slowly. As you can see in the photo the bow on the spring compressor.

    2) If you decide to do it, be extremely careful! If these get loose they could cause some damage or pain!

    If you do not feel comfortable doing this, you can go to various places and have someone else do it.

    Good luck!
    Dan

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    My experience with the Autozone rentals was that one set was not capable of compressing the spring on my 4X4 so I had to go to Checker and get a second set. (These "rental tools" get used a lot and were not in very good shape to begin with) I absolutely agree with the previous post that suggested you take it to a shop somewhere if you are not comfortable with this process. Things could go horribly wrong if one breaks or slips off the spring, and the whole mess comes apart.
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    Default Re: What Type of SPring Compressor to use??

    I'll dust this thread off because I have a similar question.

    Does anyone have any experience with a "clamshell" type spring compressor? I'm wary of using those $10 threaded-rod-and-hook jobs from Harbor Freight. I replaced the MacPherson struts on my Dodge Colt 25 years ago using such a tool and the things scared me to death.

    Ideally, I'd get one of those hydraulic type compressors, but seeing as I will probably only do this once, I'm not sure it is worth $150. So I'd like to go with the clamshell if it works well. Harbor Freight has a clamshell for about $40.

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    Default Re: What Type of SPring Compressor to use??

    im about to lower my tundra and have to replace the front spring perches. after lowering a few cars with struts in the past (using rented compressors) im not even going to attempt to do the tundra struts. ill pull them out of the truck and take them to a shop with the proper wall mounted compressor. im not going to kill myself over the $30 they will charge.

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    Default Re: What Type of SPring Compressor to use??

    I recommend spend the extra coin and get a brand name spring compressor.
    I installed my Wheeler coils myself and when removing the stock coils the threaded studs were bent so bad it was scary,then when you add the beefier wheeler coils it actually gets dangerous!!!! I did get one wheeler installed with the cheap compressor but it actually broke while installing the 2nd one so I had to get my friend who works at a dealer help me with that one(his work has a really nice wall mounted compresser )

    again it's too dangerous to go cheap IMO........ get a brand name not some chinese made crap......

    p.s. when it broke it almost trashed my strut because only one side was holding it and the part of the strut that goes up through the top plate almost got bent(i was lucky it didn't)


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