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DIY Spring Compressor

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by Cdorman, May 1, 2019.

  1. May 1, 2019 at 12:05 PM
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    Cdorman

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    **advice please**
    Installing my 5100’s next week. Pretty straight forward getting the coil over assembly off with the OEM shock. My question is, should i try to compress the spring and do the swap myself or take it to she shop? I’ve watched videos on shops using the two clamp compressors and seems relatively simple, with a hint of danger obviously. I’m just unsure of a good quality brand of compressor and possibly tips that I’m not seeing in the videos. Any comments are much appreciated.
     
  2. May 1, 2019 at 12:16 PM
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    Jim LE 1301

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  3. May 1, 2019 at 12:20 PM
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    Yeah I’m sure you can, just wondering if it’s worth doing myself? Shop in town said they will swap the shocks for $40
     
  4. May 1, 2019 at 12:24 PM
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    My personal opinion, let the shop do it versus trying to use a compressor that wraps around the outside of the spring. From what I recall when I was building my suspension last fall, the store-bought compressors would not properly fit the spring on the Tundra and felt unsafe. Ended up taking the whole assembly to our local shop who had a wall-mounted unit and they were kind enough to do it for free, and it was just overall safer for me.
     
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  5. May 1, 2019 at 12:24 PM
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    Dude, pay the $40.
    I had a spring compressor let loose on me once. No bueno!
     
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    Pay, $40 bucks is cheap insurance so you don't die. (Seriously if something goes wrong you could easy be seriously injured). Unless you have no other choice. I was lucky and had a wall mounted spring compressor here at work I was able to use. (three points of contact on the springs)

    Not worth the risk in my opinion.
     
  7. May 1, 2019 at 12:49 PM
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    You can do yourself, helpful vids on YouTube
     
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    The title of this thread could be its own Faces of Death VHS series
     
  9. May 1, 2019 at 1:16 PM
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    $26 off of Amazon. Never used 1 before. This was the first one I did20170901_153856.jpg
     
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  11. May 1, 2019 at 1:18 PM
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    I used the ToyTec method......I pay.......they do the rest.
     
  12. May 1, 2019 at 1:20 PM
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    Same with me the 2nd time, and my last! No more crappy RC coilovers!
     
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  13. May 1, 2019 at 1:23 PM
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    I like the use of the pins even know they’re useless for our fatty springs, haha, shrapnel if that thing let’s go! Your original post w that same pic gave me the confidence to do mine.
     
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  14. May 1, 2019 at 1:26 PM
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    Yeah too fat for the pins, had to force the others in between the coils to fit. It was tight fit, no movement when I started tightening them. Just went slow and steady
     
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  15. May 1, 2019 at 1:27 PM
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    This. Back when I had an S-10 that was the way everyone replaced springs. They don't have a combined spring/shock assembly to pull out. I got a Tacoma and everyone flipped out when someone mentioned the no compressor method saying you'd kill yourself by not using a spring compressor lol
     
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  16. May 1, 2019 at 1:32 PM
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    for $40 pay the shop, its one thing if you are just swapping the shock out and need to hold the spring in place, its another to try and compress them...i.e. installing a bilstien on a taller collar setting. i am not scared to do just about everything on my truck and have done this before...and it was unsettling. loosing an eye or finger is not worth saving $40
     
  17. May 1, 2019 at 1:34 PM
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    I personally think spring compressors are easy to use (if used correctly), depending on comfort level.

    On the flip side, paying some money to the place that also does the alignment is never a bad idea.

    Guess it all comes down to "what's your time worth?"
     
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    $40 is cheap and worth it IMO
     
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    Pay the $40 or do the no spring compressor route. I did that twice without issues, easy to do, safer and works well.
     
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    Im doing mine currently using a spring compressor and it works pretty well. You do have to put some ass behind them if you dont have any impacts available. Its also free. Pay the deposit to autozone and receive all money back when i return it.
     
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    See, now you’re talking crazy, I don’t think power tools are recommended regardless if you got em
     
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    I don’t see why the danger is anymore than simply being under a truck on jack stands changing your oil. End of the day if the metal fails, you’re done...suck it up buttercup. I reconcile my differences by at least coming out of these jobs with a new tool and mo’ first hand knowledge.
     
  23. May 1, 2019 at 1:50 PM
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    I'm very happy i have power tools with spring compressors. makes it so much easier to zip that long ass bolt down so then you can torque it with a wrench.
     
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    That’s one deep socket, lol.
     
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    The nut portion of the spring compressor never moves...
     
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    You’re right, my eyes were nearly closed the entire time, like that face you get when somebody points a rubber band at you, that was me for 15 min doing this.
     
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    Pay the $40.
     
  29. May 1, 2019 at 6:47 PM
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    Thanks for the all the input! Gonna pay the $40 :oldglory:
     
  30. May 1, 2019 at 6:59 PM
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    It will be the best $40.00 you ever spent, trust me. I did mine myself and wish I could have just taken them somewhere. It is simple, but with a large spring compressor and 10 minutes, someone else can do it for you. Wise decision.
     
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