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Old 03-28-2009, 10:34 PM   #1046 (permalink)
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A trick that mechanics use is to twist up a few strands of baling wire and then string up the spring while the weight of the vehicle is on it.

Then lift up the vehicle and the spring should be shorter.

Are you using a pair of spring compressors from the outside, or one from the inside? I just changed the rear springs on a Crown Victoria and there was a hole clean through the top perch for the tool to go up into.

I suppose you could also use some metal bars and a piece of allthread to compress the spring, just cut the all-threaded rod down until it fits into the space you have.

Also on cars with semi-independant rear suspension you can get a lot more travel with both rear wheels off of the ground, as the beam acts as a spring trying to keep both sides the same.

That battery tray looks super professional now, that is great.
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