need help with front coil springs

Old 07-03-2010, 09:53 AM
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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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Old 07-03-2010, 09:59 AM
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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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Old 07-03-2010, 10:01 AM
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Is there a way you can anchor the body down to the floor to prevent it from lifting??
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:04 AM
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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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Old 07-03-2010, 10:16 AM
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If you have an auto part store around they should have tools you can rent.
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:45 AM
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alrighty then thanks
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:07 PM
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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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Old 07-05-2010, 12:32 PM
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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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Old 07-05-2010, 01:45 PM
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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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Old 07-05-2010, 02:26 PM
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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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