Tools Recommended Spring Compressors?

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  1. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Hello..

    I am thinking of getting a set of spring compressors to add to the 'toolbox' for the Accord but I'm unsure what kind to buy for the seemingly extra long and strong Honda springs.

    I guess my options are the rod type
    OEM 25550 Strut Spring Compressor - Amazon.com

    Or the more expensive clamshell type
    OTC 6494 Clamshell Strut Spring Compressor : Amazon.com : Automotive

    Any experience of spring compressing anyone? Priority is safety over cost. Obviously there is the option of letting a garage do it but I prefer to gain the tool and experience even if it is initially a bigger outlay.

    Cheers


    Andy:Thumbup:
     
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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Andy I would personally go for the first one because I have used them , but you have to be sure you wind in both side equally the second one look more elaborate and seems to compress the entire spring evenly.

    what suspension work are you planning to do ?
     
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  3. Doc Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I've used the 1st type as well. I didn't have any issues with safety. As Ichiban said make sure you wind them evenly.
     
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  4. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Cheers guys....

    I am not planning any specific spring work, well other than my 6th Generation when the need arises. I will be staying stock/OEM not going into lowering etc like to keep my car totally standard and OEM unless you have any good experiences with other kit.

    Can you buy a complete assembly OEM or otherwise? Just thinking about doing the work and maybe time, tools and labour against the cost of a complete assembly could be cost effective long term.


    I do like the look of the clamshell in operation...

    [video=youtube_share;lX7U47F8S9I]http://youtu.be/lX7U47F8S9I?t=2m55s[/video]
     
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  5. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Sorry Andy for not responding to this earlier just been manic with the forum issues lately. After seeing that clip have to agree its very cool provide you have pneumatic tools and compressor. Ideally for workshop for a quick turn around but for a hobbyist and DIYer the additional cost of extra bits may be extreme.
     
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  6. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    No worries at all CJ.

    I'm definitely in the hobby/DIY category, but am a bit of a tool junkie too. Was really just a generally opinion as I start maybe stepping up from the typical DIY tool bag to the next level so to speak.

    Thanks again ;-)
     
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  7. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Tool junkie uum with similar tastes!! :Wink: once you get the tool bug you only go for pro stuff which is the best way but it ££££££££...
     
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  8. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    I never did get around to buying a spring compressor, but have been looking again then came across this DIY solution :Laughing:. Something for @SpeedyGee to fabricate ;-)

     
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  10. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Not tried them @andy83

    I was looking again at a similar styled compressor, but using hydraulics rather than a screw for the compression, a bit like this one...
     
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  11. andy83 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    think that might be risky unless air compresses it slow...
     
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  12. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Yeah, I'm guessing there is an element of control however I'm looking more at hydraulic (didn't notice that was an airline lol)

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  13. andy83 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    now that don't seem bad idea dad Spring-Compressors are the old sort what u tighten with spanner and socket..
     
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  14. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Yeah I think the further you can keep yourself, hands and fingers out the way of that loaded spring the better :Niceone:

    I do like the spring restrainer in the vid I posted earlier. From the diagram it looks like a wire sling with a carabiner setup simply hooked through the spring and around the piston.

    400kg-wire-rope-sling-c-w-soft-eyes--lengths-1mtr-to-10mtr-. 23_image_523_1.
     
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  15. andy83 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    mate just a though what about 2 pairs of spring compressors or if you have room get a floor fitted 1..
     
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  16. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Don't give me ideas Andy :Smile:

    I have access to a floor standing one which is similar to this :-

    floorstanding.

    I borrow it when I need to, comes with a chain that you use as an additional safety guard incase the spring slips out somehow.
     
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  17. k20a3 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I use these from machine mart. They are much safer as they have locking clips which stop the danger of the tool popping off when under load.


    Well made and a good price. I use them with pneumatic tools so there is little side pulling motion when tightening them up....
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