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DannyVtCa 02-09-2012 10:26 AM

Front Struts
I have found some good write ups on how to replace the front struts.... my question is this.... do I really need the machine wall mounted spring compressor or can you do the job with the cheap small spring compressors that you turn by hand?

jlewissystem 02-09-2012 11:23 AM

Re: Front Struts
Not sure on the size difference - i rented the spring compressor from AutoZone. You can do it by hand, but I STRONGLY SUGGEST you have an air compressor to help out - STRONGLY SUGGEST. Did I mention STRONGLY SUGGEST? :D :thumbsup:

dmlong47 02-09-2012 11:39 AM

Re: Front Struts
i did it by hand and its just a pain in the ass.... make sure you move out of the way on the last turns of the screw.

i read on here that if you dont have a lift you dont need them

you can also take it off and take it to a shop to compress it and replace the shock, then install it your self again

mzh29 03-01-2012 08:46 PM

Re: Front Struts
When my buddy and I lowered my Jeep back in july i kept asking him about getting a spring compressor. He didn't seem worried, I watched him put his foot on the strut spring on the floor and undo the nut. Now I wouldn't recommend it, but I've seen it done without any clamp/compressing tool at all.

dmsfun 03-31-2012 09:59 AM

Re: Front Struts
I own a set of spring compressors, and it is not that hard to do by hand, just takes an extra 10 minutes per strut. Doing it without the safety of a compressor, you can lose a limb or a few digits if the spring ejects.

2005JGC 04-01-2012 10:45 PM

Re: Front Struts
I had to cut the last strut I replaced apart with the torch to retrieve the spring... I had my spring compressors on it relieveing most of the tension but not all. I dont know why my coworkers were hiding behind cars *shrug*

Also consider its going to be pretty difficult to reinstall the factory spring on the strut without a compressor... maybe its not as bad with a lowering spring, but the factory spring must be compressed some to reinstall the top mount.

antsjeep 04-25-2012 12:35 PM

Re: Front Struts
I used the same set of compressors you can "rent" from Auto Zone. Granted i used an air gun to compress and de-compress the springs (saves alot of hand cranking) :D

other than that they torked perfectly to install my RC lift.

Mark492 09-12-2012 06:17 AM

Re: Front Struts
I always do with my brother as he is an engineer of autos :)

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