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Old 04-23-2012, 12:39 AM   #1
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Default My new favorite tool

I am terrified of cheap spring compressors. This one is the god almighty. I have never felt so confident in a spring compressor before, and it was so easy to use. For anyone out there thinking about getting one, I highly recommend it. Made installing springs/shocks a breeze. It is very heavy duty, and handles small and large springs. Its made by Schwaben. Unfortunately it is made in Tiawan, but i promise this thing is high quality.






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Old 04-23-2012, 01:04 AM   #2
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Thanks for the review, it does seem much stronger than other similar types.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:19 AM   #3
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I like my Clamshell Spring Compressor.


http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CGYQ8wIwAg

They really work well.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:35 AM   #4
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That Schwaben unit looks just like the one VW-Audi keeps in all their shop tool cribs. Kind of cheesy of them if you ask me, I'd rather see a wall mounted strut tool like the Branick tool or the OTC tool with gear reduction in a pro shop but it does work well.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:29 AM   #5
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Ya I hate spring compressors as well, most of them look like they want to slide off and they start to bend once you realy get tension on them.

Im suprised the model your using only closes on one side, but it does look heavy duty. Nice buy.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:02 PM   #6
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This one doesnt slide off at all. It holds on tight. It also has lips inside of the big spring "pads?" that help it fit a variety of different sized springs.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:17 PM   #7
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I spy an E30 front end getting new bilstein sports. Then again I recognize the screen name.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:57 PM   #8
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Looks like what we had in the BMW program I was in. I really like using these!
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:27 PM   #9
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That one looks like it has enough beef to counteract only being driven from one side to keep the spring from wanting to spring out the side.

That being said I need to get one of those clamshell ones. Easier on Jeeps and coil sprung vehicles where you can't take the whole thing out. And with lots of suspension travel it takes tall jack stands and even a pry sometimes (not fun) to get springs in and out.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:31 PM   #10
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I would buy these if they weren't $200. =)

I don't change my springs enough to make good use of this.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #11
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Also looks similar to the Volvo OE one. The Volvo one is hydraulic though.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:17 PM   #12
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I spy an E30 front end getting new bilstein sports. Then again I recognize the screen name.
You are correct!
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:05 PM   #13
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I need to yank the front springs in the 96 jeep as the bump stops need to get replaced again.

So I need to decide which spring compressor I need to purchase. Doing springs once a yr is a royal PITA and so far I've been lucky with the one I have, but it's time to upgrade....
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:11 PM   #14
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those look pretty interesting....

And Higgins, what year is your C4? Mine's an '85.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:36 PM   #15
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I have a few strut changes coming up in my future. Looks like I'll have to seriously consider this.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:00 AM   #16
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I wonder how that would work on the front coils of a 3/4 ton truck with a diesel? My Cummins weighs approx 950#, so the front coils are monsters.
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