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    How much do you have to compress the front springs for safe removal.

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    How much do they cost? about £30 before discount from Halfords but I'm sure you can get them for less. I used the car to compress the spring last time I removed it because I did not have compressors with me. I don't recomend that by the way.

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    2 people I know use the aim and fire method without compressors, I'd rather keep my features in the correct positions and use a £30 set, although I think another method maybe to undo the top nut whilst on the car under load and then as you jack it up it should gently seperate? Never been tried and dont advise it but the idea is now out there
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    I heard someone recently broke his face trying to remove springs a quick and easy way................ not for the faint hearted me thinks

    it could take your head off- or at least redesign it for you :-o

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    I think he asked how much compression is needed rather than the cost of the tools.

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    You just need to compress them enough so they're no longer pressing on the strut. Then you can undo the top nut and remove the spring seat safely.

    Not that much is probably the answer you're after. But definitely use proper spring compressor tools, not a bit of rope, big pliers or your hands

    (in the bad old days, when lowering springs meant cut or shorter springs, rather than softer, progressive springs, you'd often find they just rattled about once the weight was off the wheels anyway!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by plasma View Post
    2 people I know use the aim and fire method without compressors, I'd rather keep my features in the correct positions and use a £30 set, although I think another method maybe to undo the top nut whilst on the car under load and then as you jack it up it should gently seperate? Never been tried and dont advise it but the idea is now out there
    and I was witness to that first method ....
    as Dean said not recomended

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    Defo need to compress I have changed some with tie wraps before and it's dangerous very dangerous I was changing one on a Nissan pathfinder the other week and the jack slipped the spring took off mental speed and put a dint in a fence lol
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    I got my compressors for about £10 for the pair.

    They're not particularly good and can be a pain to fit, but at least they're safe!

    I've done the "levering the strut with 2 pieces of wood jammed under a workbench" method before and wouldn't again!

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