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Old 09/26/2008, 05:41 PM   #1
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The coil spring compression tools most commonly advertised are DANGEROUS. I recently purchased on of these from NPD and almost broke my hand. They have a tendency to 'spring loose', and if your hand is close by (as mine was) it can really HURT you.
Years ago, I had used a coil spring tool from my dad's garage made by MOOG that worked great (and safely). This week I was fortunate to find the same tool on E-bay, which I bid on & bought tonite.
If you are ever in a position that requires the removal/installation of the front coil springs - be very careful. I'd be glad to loan this tool to anyone in need of it.

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Old 09/26/2008, 07:35 PM   #2
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I found this out, too. Fortunately I didn't hurt myself. I fought that stupid thing for a couple of hours and gave up. The next day I borrowed a much better tool from someone I know and had those springs out in less than 1/2 hour. The right tool makes all the difference in the world.

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Old 09/26/2008, 08:06 PM   #3
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Same for me. The two types I've used are the external type with "claws" and the other is an internal type with "wings" that grasp the coil from the top and bottom and compress with a large screw. The later type worked better for me but both are prone to lose grip and snap the spring open suddenly. I compressed one of mine to the point that it fell out of the car and it "exploded" on the garage floor. WOW, what a quick burst of compressed energy!! No lost fingers, but ya'll are right, very dangerous. Not one of my favorite projects for sure.

Do you have a picture of the "safe" type? I'd be interested in getting something different if I have to do that job again.

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Old 09/26/2008, 08:15 PM   #4
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Here's a pic of one that is very similar to the one I used.
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Old 09/26/2008, 08:25 PM   #5
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That's very much like the MOOG that I used in the past & am in the process of acquiring. It's sooo much better than the current market cheapos. Since I'm rebuilding the suspension on the '68 convert I bought, it's an absolute necessity.
I'm too much of a computer novice to know how to post the E-bay ad to show the photos.

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Old 09/28/2008, 10:18 PM   #6
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So where do I find a good one? Are there any new ones that are any good? I was going to buy a remover tomorrow online so this couldn't have come out at a better time.

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Old 09/28/2008, 11:07 PM   #7
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So where do I find a good one? Are there any new ones that are any good? I was going to buy a remover tomorrow online so this couldn't have come out at a better time.
Try this: http://www.toolsource.com/front-coil...ourceid=nextag

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Old 09/29/2008, 07:38 AM   #8
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Joe/Christian;
That's the correct style of spring compressor. Price is kinda $tiff though. The MOOG set I got on E-bay cost me $41, but I remember them being expensive in the past.
Christian- if you would like to borrow it, I can UPS it to you after this week.

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Old 09/29/2008, 07:38 AM   #9
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FYI, I believe the type that grasp the spring on the outside are meant to be used with newer cars, struts, etc. I bought a set and the first time I used it, it let loose, pinching my hand and twisting at an angle so I couldn't get my air ratchet back on. I had to walk across the shop, dripping blood, in pain, to get a wrench to loosen it enough to get the spring and compressors off my hand. I'll stick with the internal rod type from now on.

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Old 09/29/2008, 10:25 AM   #10
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I might just need to borrow it from you Neil. Let me know when you're done please.

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Old 09/29/2008, 10:35 AM   #11
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I have a well worn internal screw type with the 2 each different length flatbar "claws" that grab the spring on the top and on the bottom. Never have had a problem with it. Works great with an air impact gun rather than the slow ratchet method.

But it seems best as a two man job. I am the one with my hands on the coil spring while someone else tightens it down. My biggest problem is on the way back in with the spring, determining the proper amount of spring to grab. To little and you can't get it in, and if to much it gets pinned in the bottom on the spring perch.... Gots ta be just right......

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Old 09/29/2008, 06:30 PM   #12
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The internal claw type is what nearly broke my hand when it popped loose. I'll never use it again. Now I've got the MOOG tool that is perfecto. I work on my cars solomente', so I need to be able to do the various jobs in that manner. (Would you believe someone once called me a hardheaded German?)
Christian - PM me with your address if you wish to borrow the spring compressor.

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Old 10/02/2008, 09:11 PM   #13
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Today I re-installed the right coil spring, and removed the left one. Piece Of Cake. I'll re-install it next week, with the new upper & lower control arms. (Peggy & I are taking a few days off and going to Cincinnati for the weekend)
Talk to you all next week.

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Old 02/22/2015, 10:36 PM   #14
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sorry to resurrect an old thread. I am having no fun installing new springs on my mustang. First I bought the inner spring compressor, and it didn't work out. I knew they were somewhat dangerous but after reading this thread I am not going to use it again. I was watching the West Coast Classic Cougar channel and came across the following tool.

http://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/s...d-Mustang.html

I bought one and it did an awesome job of compressing the spring, but the stud on the perch wont line up with the UCA. Even without the springs I have to tap it with a hammer for it to go in. I think it is an issue with either the UCA or the Scott Drake spring perch, and not the tool. I am thinking I need to attach the spring perch to the UCA first and then the spring. So, this tool probably won't work.

Does the Moog tool attach to the spring perch, similar to the West Coast Classic Cougar tool or does it attach directly to the spring?

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Old 02/22/2015, 10:57 PM   #15
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I have one like in the link below. I have used it on at last 20 coil spring removals with no problems. Just used it for two jobs in the last month. Is yours similar?

http://www.toolsource.com/automotive...s-p-91323.html
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