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Old 01-25-2013, 11:44 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I've done a few sets of Swifts with low cost spring compressors, no issues.... just a little tight!
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I tried doing my springs with regular cheapie spring clamps. The Swift coils are so close together I couldn't get it safely compressed so I took it to a shop. They even had a bit of trouble. Anyways, they charged me $40 cash. I had the struts and springs out, just handed them the parts, then took them home as a complete unit and reinstalled.
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I've done a few sets of Swifts with low cost spring compressors, no issues.... just a little tight!
I think I will just take them to a shop, I doubt I will get them done for $40 though. Id rather not have a spring slip off and go flying around the garage or pinch my fingers. haha.
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I've done a few sets of Swifts with low cost spring compressors, no issues.... just a little tight!
Once I got my clamps in, I couldn't get the spring compressed enough. It pissed me off. I've lowered almost every car I owned myself and this was the first one that I gave up on and took the struts to the shop.
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I think I will just take them to a shop, I doubt I will get them done for $40 though. Id rather not have a spring slip off and go flying around the garage or pinch my fingers. haha.
It shouldn't take them anymore than a 1/2 hr. What's the average labor rate out there?
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$100/hour... Honestly Mitch, I'd be glad to help out if you want. I don't have a set of the spring compressors at home, I borrowed them from another Zedmonton Lounge member. He got them from Princess Auto and they work great!
Once the old ones are out, compressing, removing and replacing the springs takes about half hour a side with an electric impact.
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I would be all for buying the tools needed as well as beer . Do you need a table vice to do this? I would imagine it would make it significantly easier. I am still starting out my garage collection and have been buying tools left right and center, but there is always something I still need to buy. haha. The Joys of owning your first garage I guess.

Would this work do you think is it similar to the ones you used? They have a few different designs listed.

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I would be all for buying the tools needed as well as beer . Do you need a table vice to do this? I would imagine it would make it significantly easier. I am still starting out my garage collection and have been buying tools left right and center, but there is always something I still need to buy. haha. The Joys of owning your first garage I guess.

Would this work do you think is it similar to the ones you used? They have a few different designs listed.

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These are the ones I used:



I might be able to borrow them from my buddy too. He has the GTM 1.5 Supercharger in his yellow 370Z. Cool guy and crazy build! His car has been in the garage for most of it's life...

I didn't use a vice, just held on to the sides while another guy operated the impact to remove and install. I did mine and Chinook's. An air powered impact would help, my cordless unit goes thru about 3-4 batteries to do a set!
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I might be able to borrow them from my buddy too. He has the GTM 1.5 Supercharger in his yellow 370Z. Cool guy and crazy build! His car has been in the garage for most of it's life...

I didn't use a vice, just held on to the sides while another guy operated the impact to remove and install. I did mine and Chinook's. An air powered impact would help, my cordless unit goes thru about 3-4 batteries to do a set!
Ah those are only $50 if they worked good then ill go that route and pick them up. I am also going to buy an electric impact, I had one that I have to my dad before I had my garage that worked awesome. It was heavy as all hell but would get the job done. I don't have much extra room to fit a larger air compressor in the garage.

I dont understand how someone could spend a bunch of money making a car awesome then not drive it. Mine will be out every day, it will become my daily driver in the summer.
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I would be all for buying the tools needed as well as beer . Do you need a table vice to do this? I would imagine it would make it significantly easier. I am still starting out my garage collection and have been buying tools left right and center, but there is always something I still need to buy. haha. The Joys of owning your first garage I guess.

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Strut Coil Spring Compressor | Princess Auto

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I have the set in the link. Didn't work out very well. Got the stock springs off no problem but had trouble getting the fingers to fit the Swifts.
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I have the set in the link. Didn't work out very well. Got the stock springs off no problem but had trouble getting the fingers to fit the Swifts.
Good to know, I think I will try getting the other ones. Worst case it doesn't work and I take them back. Thanks for the heads up, I probably would have just got those ones. haha.
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Ah those are only $50 if they worked good then ill go that route and pick them up. I am also going to buy an electric impact, I had one that I have to my dad before I had my garage that worked awesome. It was heavy as all hell but would get the job done. I don't have much extra room to fit a larger air compressor in the garage.

I dont understand how someone could spend a bunch of money making a car awesome then not drive it. Mine will be out every day, it will become my daily driver in the summer.
A cord style electric impact would be better than the cordless for sure, extra amps.

My buddy is a perfectionist and has a demanding job too. He has done some great work on his car and it is going to be a real track monster when he is done. He has a new Challenger for a DD and works on his Z in his spare time. His 1.5 diff is a monster; darn wheel hops off the ground around slow corners! lol

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I have the set in the link. Didn't work out very well. Got the stock springs off no problem but had trouble getting the fingers to fit the Swifts.
That's why the set in the pic above works, small clamp with a locking pin. Nice and safe!
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A cord style electric impact would be better than the cordless for sure, extra amps.

My buddy is a perfectionist and has a demanding job too. He has done some great work on his car and it is going to be a real track monster when he is done. He has a new Challenger for a DD and works on his Z in his spare time. His 1.5 diff is a monster; darn wheel hops off the ground around slow corners! lol
Awesome! I bet he is just itching for that Castrol track to open south of the city. I would love to track the car, I am just scared shitless about slamming it into something especially with the power I will have to the wheels. It wouldn't take much to lose control.
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He has been to Castrol many times.... that's where he left most of his last diff.....
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I meant the new autocross track they are building right now. I cant wait to run mine down the 1/4 and see how it does. Every friday night they have street legals where anyone can go and run it. Hopefully I am not so fast that I need a roll cage, because that just wont happen. I have no idea what to expect from the car .

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