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Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:47 pm 
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Just wondering, is it possible to change front springs without spring compressors? Can ratchet tie downs be used? I ask as it is pointless buying spring compressors for something I will only be doing once! Plus the money can be better spent elsewhere...

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Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:53 pm 
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There are lots of dodgy ways you 'can' do it, but your running the risk of causing yourself sever injuries should something go wrong.

essentially you need something to keep the spring compressed when you undo the top nut of the struts.

so yes, you *could* use them, but be damn careful.

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:04 pm 
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Good point, don't feel like damaging myself doing it. Still, don't want to spend $50.00+ for something I'll only use once.....

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:41 pm 
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Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:45 pm 
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fordebgt93 wrote:
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Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:01 pm 
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from memory i got a pair of spring compressors from supercheap for a bit over $20.

you can always try and sell them afterwards, people are always needing them, beats having a spring spoinging around and taking out your dog.

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:18 pm 
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from memory i got a pair of spring compressors from supercheap for a bit over $20.

you can always try and sell them afterwards, people are always needing them, beats having a spring spoinging around and taking out your dog.
Tried supercheap up here and they were $55.00 and crap quality.

I have an offer to borrow some now so no dumb things from me :)

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Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:05 pm 
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Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:18 pm 
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you can do it without a spring compressor.

buy an overpriced complete spring/strut assembly :wink:
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Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:42 pm 
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Buy it from supercheap, use them, clean them, take them back and get store credit.

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:48 pm 
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LOL @ FordFairmont - I like your thinking... :)

I now have a set to do the job thanks to fordebgt93. Will have them all done sometime this weekend in time for the K frame with struts to go back into my wagon.

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Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:00 pm 
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if you get some, make sure they're double jaw.

the singles are pains in the a**

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:17 am 
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[quote="krisisdog"]Buy it from supercheap, use them, clean them, take them back and get store credit.[/quote]

thats wat id do call me cheap but hey either that or hock em on ebay

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:18 pm 
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I bought a set over a decade ago and i was tempted to think i wouldn't need them again. They ended up in storage for nearly a decade and then i started mucking around with falcons and i've used them heaps. Worth buying, and yeah, double jaw doesn't slip around and is thus easier overall and safer.

 

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