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    strut compression tool

    Any suggestions on which strut compression tool should I use to change out the struts when do a lift. Clam-shell style or the bolt with hook style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deonlj2 View Post
    Any suggestions on which strut compression tool should I use to change out the struts when do a lift. Clam-shell style or the bolt with hook style.
    Clam shell ones are meant for Honda Civic springs. It's a toy concept. For an experiment, I got a Harbor Freight one and bent it. They refunded me. The stress on the single bolt is HIGHER than the spring force because of the bolt's location. Insane.

    Get the two bolt versions with hooks AND safety feature (pins or more hooks). Get the best they offer for rental or purchase. Mine were $70-80 and I would NEVER trust my life to the cheapies. If I had known HOW MANY struts I would compress over the last six years I should have gotten a wall-mount one.

    Air tools will also save your wrenching time to tighten it down.


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    I wasn't too worried with the set I borrowed from Advance Auto.

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    Some more talk here on spring compressors here;

    Spring/strut compressor question

    Wonder if these are any good, also sold at Harbor Freight

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    article linked below may be of interest

    Strut and Shock Install - Truck Test Digest

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    Been poking around myself since I need to replace mine, and have come across a few conversations dealing with these struts. These aren't your Gimble Bros pogo-stick springs....they are basically coil-over shocks and have tremendous potiential energy when compressed.

    I found a shop to switch them out for $25 a side, providing I bring the loose struts in which is fine. I trust myself in being able to compress a spring, I don't trust the press unless it's a pimp floor press or similiar.

    From what I have gathered.....GM needed to replace their existing presses to accomodate these when the 02 TB & voy were introduced.

    Here's an interesting bulletin:

    GM Special Service Tools

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcman View Post
    Been poking around myself since I need to replace mine, and have come across a few conversations dealing with these struts. These aren't your Gimble Bros pogo-stick springs....they are basically coil-over shocks and have tremendous potiential energy when compressed.

    I found a shop to switch them out for $25 a side, providing I bring the loose struts in which is fine. I trust myself in being able to compress a spring, I don't trust the press unless it's a pimp floor press or similiar.

    From what I have gathered.....GM needed to replace their existing presses to accomodate these when the 02 TB & voy were introduced.

    Here's an interesting bulletin:

    GM Special Service Tools
    I also found a shop that would take my strut assembly and do whatever I needed done. Midas charged me $10 per strut, and I used them a few times. Unfortunately, they have closed down now.

    I have seen a cheap spring compressor come apart and the bolt go through a hard plastic waste management trash can! Be very careful, and spend the money to do it the with safe parts. I have had good experience with the set from Advance Auto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the roadie View Post
    Clam shell ones are meant for Honda Civic springs. It's a toy concept. For an experiment, I got a Harbor Freight one and bent it. They refunded me. The stress on the single bolt is HIGHER than the spring force because of the bolt's location. Insane.

    Get the two bolt versions with hooks AND safety feature (pins or more hooks). Get the best they offer for rental or purchase. Mine were $70-80 and I would NEVER trust my life to the cheapies. If I had known HOW MANY struts I would compress over the last six years I should have gotten a wall-mount one.

    Air tools will also save your wrenching time to tighten it down.

    I agree with Roadie, a friend lent me a set that bent even more than what you see in this picture. WE can rent tools here at our Canadian Tire store, you rent at full puchace price and when you return them you are refunded the full price, so it will cost you a big $0.00 for the tools, only travel time and gas.
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    You can go to canadian tire or part source, dont know if part source is in quebec

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    Quote Originally Posted by the roadie View Post

    Get the two bolt versions with hooks AND safety feature (pins or more hooks). Get the best they offer for rental or purchase. Mine were $70-80 and I would NEVER trust my life to the cheapies. If I had known HOW MANY struts I would compress over the last six years I should have gotten a wall-mount one.

    Air tools will also save your wrenching time to tighten it down.


    X2. The right tools can make changing struts not much harder than changing pads and rotors.
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