Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: 35.753983 N, 91.634603 W
Re: Coil Springs Removal - with a torch
The downside to using heat in that manner is that if you have spring isolators-kiss them goodbye. Also there will be lots of torch gas used because it takes a while to get the coils warm enough to collapse that much-and you'll likely have to heat more than one coil which is somewhat tough getting to the "back" sides. What I did was to use a small, endless ratchet strap. Yamaha Rhinos used to be shipped with them-they're about 1 1/2" wide and no hooks. Wrap one strap around an upper coil (with the spring compressed) and lower coil, ratched it down kind of tight and repeat on the opposite side of the spring (say...one in the front and one in the back). Then remove tension from the spring, shock removed and the coil will come out easily. If you don't need the straps again, just leave them on the springs when you scrap them. If you want them off to reuse for the other side, I used a hydraulic press to preload teh spring a little and then removed the straps-then removed tension from the spring with the press. It took a little while doing it that way (probably 30 min total for both sides-on a fox body) but it was safe, messless way to do it without using fire.
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