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Removing front springs?

PostPost by: vxah » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:17 am

I was thinking about this very job as I have springs to paint and new dampers to fit! Some years ago I made a special compressor with thin "fingers" to go in between the coils of my +2, now I come to do the little Elan and I find the spring coils are wound the other way so the angle of the fingers is wrong for them! I was considering making a new set of fingers until I saw the disc/wheel method but, I see you have bolt on wheels! I can only find one old disc as well!!
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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:06 pm

I too didn’t have a bolt on wheel but I did have two old brake disks. It works well. I have tried the ratchet strap method and stopped fairly quickly! The threaded bar allows for a slow and controlled release.
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PostPost by: vxah » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:36 pm

" allows for a slow and controlled release" That's always a good idea! :roll: :lol:
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PostPost by: Tmac897 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:38 pm

Bombay Racing Green wrote:I too didn’t have a bolt on wheel but I did have two old brake disks. It works well. I have tried the ratchet strap method and stopped fairly quickly! The threaded bar allows for a slow and controlled release.


That sounds like the winner. I do have two front brake rotors, but they’re not in bad shape and I planned on using them again. As long as I tension/release them fairly uniformly, I don’t think I’ll run into any problems down the road.

What diameter and length threaded rod did you use?
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PostPost by: grassyknoll » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:51 pm

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Fitted using ratchets, the large ones, not flimsy ones for roof racks.

On protec damper
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PostPost by: baileyman » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:55 pm

Here is the one I mentioned. Heating the rods, I bent them, then cut and filed to make a decent hook shape, and wrapped in aluminum HVAC tape to soften the profile against the painted springs.

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threaded rod compressor in action
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PostPost by: Tmac897 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:09 pm

Looks good!
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:25 pm

I use the same method as Alanr except my steel plates are circular, they had been pipe flanges that I adapted for th purpose. You need a hole in the plate that allows the spring to be collapsed/compressed whilst removing the keep. Rather like a valve spring compressor on a larger scale.

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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:08 am

I think they were either 8mm or 10mm threaded bar. I used longer nuts (about an inch long, can’t quite remember the exact term for them!). Worked well on both my front and rear Europa shocks.

Good luck.
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PostPost by: 661 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:55 pm

My effort based on the Buckland one.
The upper ring splits to go between the rungs.
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