Most cheap spring compressors that you buy/rent at auto parts stores (I have a set that works for my other cars) either don't fit between the coils, or they're designed for a larger diameter spring than what's on an MB.
And after further consideration, I don't think the 1500 lb compression capacity of the hydrolic unit would be enough to compress the spring adaquately. Or if it is, then you would always be operating at the tool's maximum capacity -- probably not a good idea. Think about it, when the car is applying 800 lbs to the spring, it's hardly compressed. I don't know the formula for figuring out compression rate, but I know from experience that when you get a spring almost to max compression, it feels like it takes alot more than twice the force to twist the bolts on the spring compressors.
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'93 Volvo 940 Turbo Wagon (263K miles/a family truckster with spunk)
'99 Kawasaki Concours
'85 Jeep CJ-7 w/ Fisher plow (226K miles)'93 Volvo 940 Turbo Wagon
'53 Willys-Overland Pickup
'85 Honda 750F Interceptor
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Last edited by tvpierce; 01-11-2003 at 08:45 AM.