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Old 03-13-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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Spring Compressor?

Any suggestions on what spring compressor to buy. Amazon has quite a wide range in prices.

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Old 03-13-2013, 09:37 AM   #2
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Don't! You can do a free rental from most of the major auto chains. They charge your credit card but then credit you back once you return them.

With that being said, we don't use them anymore. It's much easier to get the jeep high enough where you can let the axle droop and get the spring off that way. Spring compressors are a pain in the balls and scare the hell out of me.

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don't! You can do a free rental from most of the major auto chains. They charge your credit card but then credit you back once you return them.

With that being said, we don't use them anymore. It's much easier to get the jeep high enough where you can let the axle droop and get the spring off that way. Spring compressors are a pain in the balls and scare the hell out of me.
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Thanks for the advice.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:49 AM   #5
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I used to use one when lifting TJs but JKs seem to have plenty of travel without.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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I put a 2.5" RK lift on my JKU and spring compressors weren't needed.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:47 PM   #7
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Just taking everything lose and drop the axles far enough that the springs will just slide in.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:33 PM   #8
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I bought a set from Harbor Freight and didn't even end up using them during my lift install. Like others have said, the axle drops down. Just make sure to unbolt the brake line bracket from the frame so you can get the travel you need without stressing the lines.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:06 PM   #9
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Did my front last night 3.5, rented one from autozone, as everybody said didnt end up using it
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:23 PM   #10
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$5 cargo straps from home depot worked SOOO much better than the compressor I bought. I also didnt feel bad about cutting them when I was done. Just put one on each side and be sure to not let them slip. I lifted 3.5 inches and was using jack stands to keep the Jeep off the ground, couldnt get the axle down far enough.
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$5 cargo straps from home depot worked SOOO much better than the compressor I bought. I also didnt feel bad about cutting them when I was done. Just put one on each side and be sure to not let them slip. I lifted 3.5 inches and was using jack stands to keep the Jeep off the ground, couldnt get the axle down far enough.
Wow! You need some taller jack stands!
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Sorry man but that $5 cargo strap Jerry rig is scary as hell.

I've torn the hooks right out of those racheting straps just tying a dirtbike down, they're not strong at all. I'd guess 250lb max rating? Maybe less.

Rent some or buy some automotive spring compressors and keep all your fingers.
Even the HF ones work well with a impact driver.
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Wow! You need some taller jack stands!
I sure do! but it worked, and really well at that. It was my dads idea actually. I dont think ill do it any other way. my compressor that I purchased was the type that goes inside the spring and wouldnt work with the bumpstops in the way.
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Sorry man but that $5 cargo strap Jerry rig is scary as hell.

I've torn the hooks right out of those racheting straps just tying a dirtbike down, they're not strong at all. I'd guess 250lb max rating? Maybe less.

Rent some or buy some automotive spring compressors and keep all your fingers.
Even the HF ones work well with a impact driver.
thanks for the input, but I am capable of knowing the safe operating limit of a set of cargo straps. It wasnt like I had to compress them that much.

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