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Can anyone tell me if I csn remoce front springs from a ba xr6t ute with compressors? I have some super lows I want to put in but since nz is on lockdown I cant go buy spring compresors... will I be slgood without them do you think?

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are you asking if you can do it without spring compressors?

 

you can remove the struts in one piece at the front (spring and shock) but it's tough to get it out past the control arms etc without the springs being compressed.

 

should still be able to hire them from a hire place... those places should be considered "essential" along with hardware stores etc.

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I have done it many times without compressors, just use rattle gun. It is very dangerous. The new springs being lower will go on easier.

 

If you are smart you can use the cars weight and jacks to do it in the car. 

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Everywhere here in newzealand are lockdown and they arnt considering any public stuff except food an essential to us at the moment. So im guessing I need to be able to compress the springs to remove the whole strut? Also I dont have a rattle gun but I do have an air ratchet. I have some g clamps but I dont think they will do much good. Will the superlows go in easy enough with me needed to compress then?

 

So im gueesing I could undo the top center nut that holds the spring pressure while using the jack under it to hold the pressure then slowly release the jack done so my springs no longer captive then pull it all out?

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Removing the whole strut (shock and spring assembly) is easy without compressors.

Be very very careful if doing the job without spring compressors - people have killed themselves trying.

I found with new Kings BA springs, I couldn't compress them enough with spring compressors to install back onto the shock, so had to go to a shop. They said they sometimes break their wall mounted compressors doing it.

If you try without spring compressors, you need to be ok with the risk you won't be able to get them back in afterwards.

Can you order compressors online?

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Aw sh*t that's a worry cause mine are king springs, second hand ones though and I think super low not just low but I really want to be able to get them back in. As far as I know only essential service deliveries are taking place. I thought that I would completely wrap the strut up in a think drop cloth laying on the ground and undo it with a air ratchet

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Yeah mine were low, not super low. But new springs are stiffer than old springs.

With super low you might have more chance of using the car and a jack to re-assemble in the car, but yeah car is not drivable for the foreseeable future if it doesn't work.

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sounds like it'll be better for you to just wait to lower your car until you're back out of this lockdown haha

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the PCM is not meant to be removed as those bolts you're referencing are supposed to be tamper proof devices... you can get to the shock bolts from the gaps in the PCM mount if you need to...

 

if you want to remove the PCM for ease-of-use, then it's a matter of grinding a slot into the PCM bolts and using a flat-head or something to undo them.

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2 hours ago, Falconhell13 said:

Well so far im stuck on the littke headless bolt on the computer. Any ideass how to get off lol

yeh if you’re trying to get the ECU out to do springs you’re further in the chit than you think ......

 

Seriously stand back and think for a moment caption pelican tits 

 

but plus 1 for setting up the GO-PRO in HD

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Well I got the strut out easy enought but once I got it out I relised that the guy I brought the springs off has given e series springs, so I had to put the strut straight back in. Was good fun. Thanks for your help anyway guys espically you pelican pen*s

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