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    need help with front coil springs

    im trying to install my coil springs and control arms on a 80 t/a but everytime i try to jack up the bottom arm the body of the car starts to lift, any suggesions or tricks i could try?

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    You probably have no motor / trans weight to compress the springs.
    Coil spring compressor is the safest way. I have also run a chain around the frame and under a floor jack, jacking against the lower a arm. It's dangerous no matter how you do it. Lots of kinetic energy that would love to jump out and bite you.
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    Is there a way you can anchor the body down to the floor to prevent it from lifting??
    Its all fun and games till someone loses a nut!

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    no theres not, where might i find a coil spring compressor or would i have to order it

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    If you have an auto part store around they should have tools you can rent.
    Its all fun and games till someone loses a nut!

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    alrighty then thanks

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    Look in the yellow pages for a spring place.There is a place in Indy that sells springs and For around $20 they will compress a pair of springs for you and band them together.You just instal everything then reach in with some cutters and cut the band.

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    i went and got one from the parts store and got it done, thanx for the help guys

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    FYI, Harbor Freight has a cheap coil spring compressor if you only need to use one every now and then.

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    ESPECIALLY for this particular job, I would NEVER use a cheap Chinese junk tool. :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: Good way to loose your head !!
    Load it on a car trailer and tie it down to so you can use a floor jack under the 'A'arm to compress it.
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