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    Default Suspension Spring compressors ?

    For a 306 front strut suspension, I'm just wondering if people had a preferred style of spring compressor to be used on the macpherson strut ?

    I have my spring compressors I bought 30 years ago, but they were crap then and I'd imagine they'll still be crap now They are the single 'arm' on each end of a bolt style, and had a habit of slipping round the spring to meet up with the one on the other side and doing nasty things to my nerves and my fingers.

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    Anyone have a preference for a particular style / brand ?

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    The ones with a pair of horseshoe shaped forks, and a single geared rack, are good.

    Typical example.

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    Holy overpriced workshop equipment Batman ! For $1,599.00 I'd expect someone to come out to my house and do the work as well !

    Maybe I should add to my original request that they should be priced appropriately for the 'Home' handy person !

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    Hire one, or sublet this particular job. The unit shown, is rather dear!

    Laser, Sealey etc all do one at about 480 w/20% VAT so presumably this is Chinoiserie also sold by another brand here (T&E?) - what do Toolforce offer?

    PJ810 just had his coils compressed with a trusty old Blue-Point one that I think is now long discontinued. Gets shared between three workshops.

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    I have a pair of thread types, however, each thread has a LH side and RH side (you turn by a spanner from the middle), like a turn buckle. No idea where you'd get a set, but certainly a quality tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N5GTi6 View Post
    For a 306 front strut suspension, I'm just wondering if people had a preferred style of spring compressor to be used on the macpherson strut ?

    I have my spring compressors I bought 30 years ago, but they were crap then and I'd imagine they'll still be crap now They are the single 'arm' on each end of a bolt style, and had a habit of slipping round the spring to meet up with the one on the other side and doing nasty things to my nerves and my fingers.

    Anyone have a preference for a particular style / brand ?

    Cheers

    Justin
    the single arm ones should have a clamp as well that holds them 180deg from each other

    personally i don't use them to pull a strut apart as generally the strut is in the car and you have a perfect tool in the car as a spring compressor

    i'll admit i haven't pulled a 306 strut apart but 504/505/604 struts a plenty and always used the car as a compressor
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    AutObarn had threaded rods with two fingered claws at the ends, half inch socket drive. Fairly quick to use, non slip. A pair will do the job. $55, bit more at Supercheep.
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    sounds like this then :



    I currently have these :



    and they slip and slide everywhere - not in a nice way !

    I never knew there were so many options....



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