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Spring Compressor - Need Recommendation

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010-2024)' started by BobbyB, Jun 22, 2021.

  1. Jun 25, 2021 at 6:49 AM
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    T4R13

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    No compressor needed for front. Set frame on jack stands take wheels off. Floor jack under ball joint on lca. Pump up and remove strut top nut. Watch nut as u start to back it off to make sure ur floor jack is pumped up enough. Then slowly release floor jack and it will all come apart easily. And I used a ratchet strap on the back coils. Once you have don’t it a few times it’s the quickest easiest way. Just be careful
     
  2. Jun 25, 2021 at 7:52 AM
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    Be careful. You're going to set off the crazy dude in this thread again lol.
     
  3. Jun 25, 2021 at 7:57 AM
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    Hmmm, who's the crazy know it all? That's right...it's you you fucking pigeon
     
  4. Jun 25, 2021 at 9:07 AM
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    Ahh it’s ok everyone’s comfort and skill level are completely different regardless of how much documented experience you have
     
  5. Jun 25, 2021 at 9:25 AM
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    Every man, or every person does any job just a bit different. That is ok, that is how I learn. I watch how people do jobs or trial and error.

    I do not remember what I was working on, but I do remember my dad telling me to do it "this way." I was struggling at the time. I was irritated. I looked up and finally told him that I was going to do it all the other ways fist before I would try the way he recommended. They didn't work. I ended up doing it the way he mentioned. It worked and that pissed me off more, LOL! Since then, I will always consider others methods and input even if I do not follow it.

    I do enjoy fixing and getting the job done. Places like these bring more like minded people together. This is good. On the other hand I do also enjoy the back and forth of people who don't see eye to eye.

    I still use hand tools. I do most jobs on my own. I never liked the rickety look of a spring compressor and when I first tried it with the strut in the vehicle, It was so easy, I do not see any need to buy, rent or borrow a spring compressor.

    ...but if I was at your house and you wanted to try one I would definitely stay and play.
     
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  6. Jun 25, 2021 at 9:58 AM
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    Found this on sale at harbor Freight for $22 - it worked fine. Just use a little caution..
     
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  7. Jun 26, 2021 at 11:56 AM
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    What I used for my King suspension coil springs. Going from 650 to 700 springs was a lot easier and safer! You get what you paid for

    Screenshot_20210626-115534_Amazon Shopping.jpg
     
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  8. Jun 26, 2021 at 12:36 PM
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    I bought this one a few years ago. Why mess around? If you buy this you can pretty much compress any spring from any vehicle, safely. I saw my dad almost lose his head when I was a kid working in his shop. A spring popped out of those cheap shit compressors you all are talking about. The spring literally struck the ceiling of the shop and tore through it.

    https://www.amazon.com/Myers-Tire-S...sprefix=brannick+spring+compre,aps,168&sr=8-7
     
  9. Jun 26, 2021 at 1:28 PM
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    A high quality spring compressor is an awesome tool, but a simple floor jack/trolley jack can be used for a multitude of tasks. The "no spring compressor" method has no real downsides to it.
     
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  10. Jun 26, 2021 at 1:54 PM
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    Agreed. It's not that the parts store compressors don't work - my point all along is what happens if there is a failure. If the hooks or threads fail on a compressor you're in for a whole bunch of trouble. And who knows how a rental spring compressor has been treated? There's no downside to the jack method, and there's no way anybody/anything can get injured or harmed if the jack suddenly fails. The control arm would just get driven downward and the spring is still captured by the upper/lower strut mounts. That's the only point I wanted to make.
     
  11. Jun 26, 2021 at 1:58 PM
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    Totally disagree. That method is a total back breaker. I'd be done with both sides with the spring compressor while you setup and fiddle with a floor jack on the first side.
     
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  12. Jun 26, 2021 at 2:37 PM
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    Looks similar to the ones I used for my kings also

    Shankly Spring Compressor Tool (2 Pieces) - Heavy Duty Build, Ultra Rugged Coil Spring Compressor, Strong and Durable Spring Compressor with Safety Guard and Carrying Case https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071DQJG24/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_GM4GAQMBXVWVKX1FS68K?_encoding=UTF8
     
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