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    Does anyone have either the actual item or diagram and measurements for the special tool to compress front springs on an R8/10?

    I seem to recall it's a threaded rod that fits up through the middle to the shock tower, with some sort of plate underneath the lower control arm that screws up and compresses the spring. I'd like to make one if anyone has any details?

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    Are these helpful? The wingnut is the same as used on the T.Av. 238-02 tool, indicating the threaded rod is a fairly coarse thread.
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    Yes, thanks Simon.
    The second drawing does give me some ideas to work from.
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    When you have perfected it, there may be orders......

    I've always done it by using the standard jack under the inner, lower pivot and undoing those bolts carefully, using the car's weight to keep the spring compressed, then slowly winding down the jack. You need the car high enough that the jack can come DOWN far enough to release the spring compression. The right tool would be a bit more sophisticated!

    We're in Kalgoorlie, nearly home from the Muster, with a bit over 8,000 km on the R8 since leaving Perth. Going well so far.

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    I'll try loosening those bolts John, that's not a bad idea.
    The problem I was having was that as I tried to compress the spring with a trolley jack, it was lifting the front of the car off the axles stands before it was compressed enough. I brought 12x15kg boxes of biscuit shortening home from work yesterday (it was being thrown out), so I now have more weight to put in the boot and try again. In fact as I was loading it up, I could feel the rear end lifting so it's close to the tipping point!
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