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Wow, HoosierZ, nice build. Waaayy better than the crap compressor I was using. 

 

I saw a guy, Mark Jenkins out of Maine, had a youtube video and used a Shankley compressor. It looked more like yours. I think all I could have done with that AutoZone special was Honda Civic coils, because it was bowing out worse than my boss's mother's knees!

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14 hours ago, HoosierZ said:

Definitely don’t rely on the normal spring compressors that parts stores have. I built my own when I put Bilsteins on my ‘08. The screws on mine are 20mm (nearly 13/16”) and the hooks are high carbon steel. I also added safety pins to make sure the hooks couldn’t slip off the springs. The parts store compressors use 1/2”-5/8” screws and weaker cast or forged hooks. 

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I pulled the assemblies off and took them to a shop and had them swap the the tophats. After watching the guy do it I felt it was money well spent. I’ve swapped springs on a small car years ago so I’ve had that life experience.

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On 12/11/2020 at 10:33 PM, Snowcamo said:

Here I was thinking it was only me this entire time... Same here more trampoline like tho. Sorta float.

Have you figured it out? I might have by accident. Revisit the strut tower bolt an tighten it again, if you couldn't torque it to specification which I think is 37 ft. lbs.  It has worked out for me which I could kick my self, plus got tired of the wife complaining. lol.

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18mm socket for the 3 top nuts, 15mm for the bottoms. My info agrees with 14LTZ...37 ft/lbs, both top and bottom nuts.

 

Every job I do, I try to gather socket size and torque so that I can keep streamlining what tools I need to bring.

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Have you figured it out? I might have by accident. Revisit the strut tower bolt an tighten it again, if you couldn't torque it to specification which I think is 37 ft. lbs.  It has worked out for me which I could kick my self, plus got tired of the wife complaining. lol.
For sure got the tq to spec. I'm betting its just these struts.

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On 12/21/2020 at 5:56 AM, Snowcamo said:

Agreed. Its utter nonsense to attempt at home. Guys claim to do it without issue. I call B.S. its down right dangerous. I went the next step up to the McPherson strut clamp and the damn spring flew out & you know that damn clamp was bent like hell.

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You call BS on anyone being able to do it at their home without issue? I call BS on your BS call. I am sure tons of people have knocked it out on their own at home, including myself. We used an air compressor to speed up the change with the spring compressors, didn't run in to issues and it was done in an afternoon. Was a little nerve-racking when compressed but went just fine, next time though if I ever have to do it again I will take them to a shop to knock it out. 

 

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Tyler... Really? You really think a auto parts store clamp wont bend. That's straight BS bro. I will not put someones life in danger. Just not gonna do that. Im not here to make things sound good. Its a shady at home diy bud. As seen it takes a stout clamp to fully compress these truck springs. That you wont find at an auto parts store. They all bend and that is the issue.

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