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Old 01-29-2013, 11:13 AM   #2
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Go to a machine shop and use a real spring compressor that holds the valve like a big C-clamp from the backside of the head.

The toolbox type spring compressors (I have a couple) are a big pain to use because the valve can still move in the guide instead of being locked down.

I can assemble a whole head in the time it takes to do one valve spring with a hobby-quality valve spring tool.
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