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Old 09-11-2011, 01:55 AM   #1
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no spring compressor and in the middle of an install

How did you guys get off the nut off the top of the factory spring/strut housing? I didnt get the spring compressor because they say it wasn't really necessary. HMMM...I am regretting listening to that part of the coil over install.

Any help would be appreciated. If I don't hear back I am going to have to call it a night. Sucks because I live in a condo so security is going to trip in the morning probably.
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Old 09-11-2011, 02:00 AM   #2
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Old 09-11-2011, 02:59 AM   #3
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You're going to need a standard combo wrench with at least the minimum offset below. Or you can get the one pictured behind the combo wrench which is a offset wrench that will work perfectly.




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By the way, a spring compressor will not help you with this part. If your wrench can not turn that nut, it ain't coming off spring compressor or not.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:25 AM   #5
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You're going to need a standard combo wrench with at least the minimum offset below. Or you can get the one pictured behind the combo wrench which is a offset wrench that will work perfectly.




I'm going to head to Sears to get that wrench with the high offset. Mine obviously required a lot more effort to get the nut off. But I got it off. Don't want to fight the other side too much.
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:47 AM   #6
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personally i would take some channel locks and squeeze the strut rod while loosening the nut,i also suggest air tools but whatever works
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:51 AM   #7
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That offset wrench isn't the problem. You were just fine to start with. Shouldn't require that. It's just tight. Plain and siimple. A straight wrench does just fine.

Of course you're probably done by now.
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Don't need a spring compressor, it will spring off some just do it outside and point it away from you.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:51 PM   #9
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I hope you didn't hurt yourself trying to get that nut backed off without the spring being compressed. That's a VERY dangerous thing to try.
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I hope you didn't hurt yourself trying to get that nut backed off without the spring being compressed. That's a VERY dangerous thing to try.
Not with these. Trust me. The pop was quite small. Could do it against your leg and it wouldn't hurt at all.

The tightness of the nut has nothing to do with the spring.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:46 PM   #11
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Not with these. Trust me. The pop was quite small. Could do it against your leg and it wouldn't hurt at all.

The tightness of the nut has nothing to do with the spring.
He is right. What you can do is put the lower shock bolt in on the rears. Take a 1" rachet strap hook to one side of the bolt loop over the top of spring perch and down to the other side of the bolt. Make sure to position the strap so you can get to the nut. Spool up the strap some once it's tight give it 2-3 pulls. That will take plentty of tension off. I have done more then a few like that... at least 10 cars. New springs you just use body weight to push the perch down and spin the nut on.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:06 PM   #12
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I never got over to Sears but the other side was easy. I just shouldn't be working on things like this in the AM. Plus security in the highrise didn't even car. I could have started that morning during daylight time and get the whole thing done in one shot.
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So......?

Let's see pics of the lowered ride.
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Electric impact gun. Zip off zip on...
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So......?

Let's see pics of the lowered ride.
I have them in another thread.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...01#post3751801
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