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Old 04-03-2019, 09:00 AM   #1
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Spring compressor choices?

Good morning, guys!

For whatever reason, I still don't have access to search the forums, so we get a new thread that's probably been covered before.

A long time ago, I replaced the suspension on my 2001 ZX3 with an aftermarket Eibach kit. I remember that the spring compressors I rented from the parts store were much too large and I ended up being required to apply for a Darwin award by modifying some of my existing tools to work.

I'm about to switch out the suspension on a 2002 ZX3 and I'm sure I'll run into the same issue, and no longer have the cobbled-together parts. Has anyone run into this? Any advice on which type to purchase/rent? I see that there are a myriad of choices out there.

https://www.amazon.com/Shankly-Coil-...-1-spons&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/Selectec-Macp...-2-spons&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/ABN-11-5-Stru...ps%2C-1&sr=8-3

https://www.amazon.com/Shankly-Sprin...ps%2C-1&sr=8-9

Any advice is always appreciated.


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Old 04-03-2019, 09:26 AM   #2
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Well for my rears, i had to use this kind:


That being said, i had to use an impact socket between the washers to get it to compress enough to pry the spring out. It would be far easier if i could just remove the lower control arm but mine didnt want to do that.

I cant offer suggestions on the fronts, i always had preinstalled springs on the strut and was able to just swap them whole.
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Awesome! I'll look for those. As far as an impact socket between the washers... You mean a pickle fork?
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Yeah, i put the hook parts as high on the spring as i could, ran the center through the center hole on the lower bucket of the LCA. Then the pickle fork through the lowest part of the spring, i had to use the impact socket as a spacer between the washers in order to get enough compression on the spring to pry it out of the LCA. With the strut unbolted, i was able to get enough leverage to pry out the spring. Probably not the best explanation but its how i did it.

Not fun though, worried about the spring breaking free the whole time but it worked. Perform at your own risk.
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