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jackp0t 03-09-2010 07:54 PM

spring compressor help
 
hi all
where can i get a cheap spring compressor
ive check canadian tire but there selling it for 74-120$
also
a buddy of mine told me before you can rent a spring compressor is this true?

thanks in advance

LenovoTurbo 03-09-2010 08:43 PM

Yes you can borrow a spring compressor at Canadian Tire. If i remember correctly, you need to put down a refundable deposit.

jackp0t 03-09-2010 10:46 PM

Hey do you remember how much? Deposit etc
thanks
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iRomey2 03-10-2010 12:24 AM

^ Go to Burnaby Auto Parts.
It's $10 per day to rent and unless you rent on a Saturday (in that case, you get Sunday free because they're closed then).

LenovoTurbo 03-10-2010 08:04 PM

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Originally Posted by jackp0t (Post 6852358)
Hey do you remember how much? Deposit etc
thanks
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I don't remember, just go ask them or give them a call.

minivan_don 03-10-2010 08:27 PM

princess auto. $20-25 i think.

not totally needed imo. i lowered my friends del sol last weekend and didnt even use the spring compressors he bought.

jackp0t 03-15-2010 07:59 PM

hey i called canadian tire and you basically pay the value of the spring compressor and when your done they give your money back
so its basically free
but it sucks that they dont rent jacks/ stand

!SG 03-15-2010 09:26 PM

depends how low the new springs are that are going in.

if u are putting oem springs back on, good luck doing that without a spring compressor.

each spring is designed to hold probably more than 500lbs, so unless you are seriously that heavy and able to put that much weight on top of the strut to compress the spring down, you will need a spring compressor.

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Originally Posted by minivan_don (Post 6853810)
princess auto. $20-25 i think.

not totally needed imo. i lowered my friends del sol last weekend and didnt even use the spring compressors he bought.


minivan_don 03-15-2010 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by !SG (Post 6861669)
depends how low the new springs are that are going in.

if u are putting oem springs back on, good luck doing that without a spring compressor.

each spring is designed to hold probably more than 500lbs, so unless you are seriously that heavy and able to put that much weight on top of the strut to compress the spring down, you will need a spring compressor.

was able to put the del sol tien spring on by hand ... ive been hitting the gym alot lately :p

stock springs on my dads civic, i lined everthing up, put the lower mounting bolt in (but not tq'd it), and then used the jack to push the controll arm up to the point where shock was snug and i could put the upper nut on. no problems. did this a few day ago.

im not saying my way is right and yours is wrong ... im just telling you how i did it without a spring compressor. i could care less if someone wanted to buy/use one.

!SG 03-16-2010 06:12 AM

ohh, u used the cars weight to assemble the top hat onto the spring, and uses a jack to compress the whole thing while it was on the car, and threaded the top nut via the trunk...

well the tein spring is easy cuz its shorter than stock oem spring.


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Originally Posted by minivan_don (Post 6861729)
was able to put the del sol tien spring on by hand ... ive been hitting the gym alot lately :p

stock springs on my dads civic, i lined everthing up, put the lower mounting bolt in (but not tq'd it), and then used the jack to push the controll arm up to the point where shock was snug and i could put the upper nut on. no problems. did this a few day ago.

im not saying my way is right and yours is wrong ... im just telling you how i did it without a spring compressor. i could care less if someone wanted to buy/use one.


minivan_don 03-16-2010 02:41 PM

yeah, sorry i should have explained it better. i had 2 jack stands holding the car up in the rear. i hand treaded the bolt on the bottom of the shock and had the spings hat alighned. i then used the jack under the control arm to slow move the shock up thru the holes, so i could put the 2 14mm nuts on and the 14mm nut on the top of the shock.

i also took another 14mm bolt out near the brake drum which connects the lower control arm to the spindle/brakes. i only did this so i could remove the spring.

Leopold Stotch 03-16-2010 04:11 PM

Lol you're a brave man removing springs without a compressor

Last time I borrowed a spring compressor from canadian tire. It was the metal type that compresses the spring like a vice, it was too large to fit between the coils of the springs!
I've seen some slimmer ones which seem to work better. Good luck doing it yourself!
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minivan_don 03-16-2010 06:35 PM

i cant say its the safest thing to dissasemble the springs without a spring compressor but it worked. i had my friend stand on the bottome of the shock whille i had 1 foot on the spring. no immediate danger but theres a small chance you could get hurt.

babydubz 03-16-2010 07:46 PM

so just to confirm, Canadian Tire still rents out spring compressors? do they have it all locations?

godwin 03-17-2010 12:49 AM

They don't rent, they loan (you leave an ID / credit card etc behind).. No, the loan program is only available at certain franchises (eg Maple Ridge and Langley are owned by the same franchise owner) so call ahead their parts / service desk and ask.

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Originally Posted by babydubz (Post 6863198)
so just to confirm, Canadian Tire still rents out spring compressors? do they have it all locations?


babydubz 03-18-2010 12:27 AM

cool thanks, guess i'll have to call ahead. anyone know of a Canadian Tire locally that has it (ie Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond)?


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