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Spring compressor

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by Kblood, Dec 28, 2021.

  1. Dec 28, 2021 at 7:34 AM
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    Kblood

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    I’m changing my struts from stock to 5100 bilstein struts/shocks. I only have a macpeherson spring compressor I’m wondering if that will work on the factory springs or do I need to get a bigger spring compressor?
     
  2. Dec 28, 2021 at 7:49 AM
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    I don't recommend doing it. Find a shop. I went down that road and severly regretted it. Still ended up spending the money to have a shop do it.

    I will NEVER go down that road again. Thank goodness I didn't maim myself.
     
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  3. Dec 28, 2021 at 7:53 AM
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    Yea should work just fine, that’s what I used earlier this year. Helps if you have a friend, but totally do-able on your own. Just take your time and make sure everything is where it needs to be.
     
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  4. Dec 28, 2021 at 8:01 AM
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    I used 4 total of the o'reilly rental ones on each spring, it worked, but it is a bit scary. I'd definitely use something more stout, but other than that it's not too terrible of a job.
     
  6. Dec 28, 2021 at 8:24 AM
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  8. Dec 29, 2021 at 6:21 PM
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  9. Dec 29, 2021 at 7:54 PM
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  10. Dec 29, 2021 at 8:10 PM
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    Too many, but not enough....
    Please just pay a shop that bill and have them do it. A broke jaw or nose or reconstructive surgery is not worth it. Those kits don't even properly fit the giant wire diameter of our springs.
     
  11. Dec 29, 2021 at 8:19 PM
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    the old widow makers. I’ve swapped all of my 5100’s using those. All bent up and foreboding. I was very careful not to stare down the barrel of those things once compressed.
     
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  12. Dec 29, 2021 at 8:35 PM
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    Get yourself one of these, learn how to use it, or just pay a shop to do it for you. Doesn't matter if others had success with cheap tools. Don't risk your life and get it done the right way.

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  13. Dec 29, 2021 at 8:36 PM
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    1. I disagree that the one I posted is unsafe at all, but that's my opinion
     
  14. Dec 29, 2021 at 8:47 PM
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    They are all unsafe. Or at least only as safe as the operator. Your storing a massive amount of energy in a small space. Dangerous indeed.
     
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  15. Dec 29, 2021 at 8:51 PM
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    Ok I agree they can all be unsafe if not done correctly. I will just say it was extremely easy and felt very sturdy doing mine. Actually felt stupid after thinking it was gonna be sketchy
     
  16. Dec 29, 2021 at 9:01 PM
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    I have pondered this a few times…..for the limited amount of times that I will be changing my shocks, I MUCH prefer to pay a local shop to do this job work for me. I can install them and save the labor costs after they do the springs and still get the satisfaction of knowing I saved some $ on that part of it. I have a friend who tried to do this himself and had one of the cheaper tools. Almost literally took his face off. Swore to myself I would never attempt it after that.
     
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    Wood clamp safety back-ups for the win. :thumbsup: :eek:


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    At that point I would just let them do the whole job, since u need an alignment after also
     
  19. Dec 29, 2021 at 9:13 PM
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    i like to wrench and find it therapeutic to be out doing stuff like that. More for my peace of mind than anything else……and often saves a few dollars. Takes longer and pisses my wife off sometimes but maybe that’s part of the appeal
     
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    I hear that
     
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    Someone else posted in another thread that they bought one similar to this for around $100. Well worth it. Don’t use the rental ones. I did that twice, didn’t get hurt, but still feel stupid twice.
     
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  24. Dec 30, 2021 at 8:59 AM
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    Yup. Did mine with widow makers. You have to be confident and careful in what you're doing compressing the spring evenly as you go.
     
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    I bought two sets from Harbor Freight and used three of the screws to do mine, just go slow and NO impact gun. Lining them up properly is a pain though, pay attention to the top hat alignment.
     
  26. Dec 30, 2021 at 9:12 AM
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    LOL. I used an impact gun. I like living life a little dangerously.
     
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  27. Dec 30, 2021 at 9:12 AM
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    I found this a plus as far as lining up

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  28. Dec 30, 2021 at 9:16 AM
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    This. I love this spring compressor, not sketchy whatsoever, no bending or bowing. And compressed my springs with ease.
     
  29. Dec 30, 2021 at 9:19 AM
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    Yeah I was very impressed with it. But I get people not trusting them, I just felt it was super locked in place and hardly any resistance cranking it down
     
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    Those things scare me for sure.
    Find a local mechanic and I bet you’ll be happier.
    My shop swapped out my shocks with 5100s and uninstalled/reinstalled the entire assembly for $250. Worth every penny to me, and I am someone who is not afraid to tear stuff apart.
     
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