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    Default Clamshell spring compressors. Safer?

    Gonna be picking up tools soon. Are these "better" than the screw down ones?

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    Default Re: Clamshell spring compressors. Safer?

    There is danger with any spring compressor. The "safest" one I ever used was a wall mount one, but that being said I have used the "screw down" ones multiple times without an issue.
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    Default Re: Clamshell spring compressors. Safer?

    Read the reviews on the HF one B4 U buy.
    not what it looks like

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    Default Re: Clamshell spring compressors. Safer?

    Thanks. The HF one says to grease the eff out of it, I dunno. I guess I could buy two sets of the screw ones and still save a little money.

    I searched wall mount spring compressors and came across this off ebay. Thoughts? There's some others on that same page.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Coil-Spring-...38.m2548.l4275

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    Default Re: Clamshell spring compressors. Safer?

    Get these. If you had 3 it would be ideal.

    Ideally you want them on the diameter line but that isn't going to happen.
    The mounts will be in the way but it is easy to figure out the maximum available smash spots.
    If the new struts have an allen screw end use that and an offset 21 box wrench to tighten the nut.
    Taking the nut off use an impact.

    I bought a set 5 years ago and they have payed off in convenience.
    I can't remember how many times I have used them on my car.

    Grease the threads completely before use. I just use a channellocks to crank them down.


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    Default Re: Clamshell spring compressors. Safer?

    Don't be wimpy just a little careful obviously.
    But really, there is nothing to worry about.
    Keeping the mount and spring in position while loosening the compressors is the biggest janky challenge.
    Do it once and you will be a pro.

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    Default Re: Clamshell spring compressors. Safer?

    Alright. Probably grab some Amazon ones or see if they got loaners in town depending on time frame.

    Looking forward to getting a few things done this storage season.

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    Default Re: Clamshell spring compressors. Safer?

    I have issues with the screw down ones fitting the rear struts properly. That one from ebay looks promising. not a bad price either
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    Default Re: Clamshell spring compressors. Safer?

    They fit fine.
    It's the mount in the way that make using a Channellocks easier to turn them.

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