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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-11-2012, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Need to change some struts on family members cars.

Using these looks unsafe
http://www.amazon.com/OEM-25550-Stru...=pd_sim_auto_1


This looks much safer (and 4x the cost but I don't really care about that). Will it be too cumbersome to use?
http://www.amazon.com/OTC-6494-Clams.../dp/B0002SRHU6

I want the safest and easiest to use solution. Saving plenty of money on the job, but I'd rather invest in high quality tools.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-11-2012, 01:20 PM
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I have the ones from the first link. Worked fine for me, only problem I had is on my truck I went to 8" lift springs so I couldn't snap the pin through to keep the spring from popping out. If your smart about it tho you wont have any issues. Used them multiple times with no mishaps.

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the first one looks cheap. There are better quality out there.

the2nd, is a professional tool company


I like the strut compressors that you mount to the wall. Those are starting at 300 dollars for a used one


You can always bring your struts to a shop and have them change the springs for you.
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Just go to Autozone and rent their tool. They give you 30days to bring it back.
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If you can find a shop that will do just the labor. Most shops I've been to wont work on your car unless they buy the parts. Its a liability issue, that part could of been defective and unknown to anyone and they could come after the shop with a lawsuit saying they installed the part wrong.

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Just go to Autozone and rent their tool. They give you 30days to bring it back.
AutoZone does the same thing. You pay a deposit when you pick them up, and then it's refunded when you bring them back. I just "borrowed" a FWD hub puller and a slide hammer to do my daughter's front wheel bearings tomorrow.

Here's a link to AutoZone's loaner tools. Click on the suspension link, and then the strut link.
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Like others said, Rent the Autozone tool or go to a shop to have swapped out.

I have done both...

Autozone I believe rents these
http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Desig...ompressor+tool

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I have no problem doing the work myself, but want the safest possible tool. The top tool to me looked safer. The other ones are probably ok but I don't need an injury or my savings on this job go out the window. I'll also call around to local shops and see if any will work on it.
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I have used that top link tool probably a dozen times, no problems, no scary moments. I have set if you want to use them and dont feel like renting from Vatozone. Remember, your trying to compress it to coil bind, just enough to take the pressure off the strut mount.

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I live in Libertyville, and I have a good one. Haven't used it since I worked on 240Z's.

I'll give it toyou for $50, you pick up?

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