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Old 03-30-2009, 09:45 AM   #1047 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by nubie View Post
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.

When you tore down the forklift, (yes I know that was ages ago), you should have seen some really heavy duty tie straps. (plastic zip ties, wire ties, etc..)
Using the trick from Nubie but with those hydraulic ties (what I call them at work cause we mostly use them to keep hydraulic lines put), is how I change springs when necessary.
After you are done you cut the ties and release the spring.
Just remember to cage the spring adequately while it is still under load from the vehicle weight.
These things hold up thousands of pounds and can be dangerous.
Better to over compensate than to head for the ER.

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