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Old 10-14-2004, 11:35 PM
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I need to rebuild the front end on my CD but I don't have a spring compressor. I guess what I'll do is buy the compressor and do like Pep Boys, AutoZone and the rest do. You send me the full retail price (USPS money order), use the tool (typically 10 days), send it back and I send you your money back minus a rental fee.

How does that sound? I guess the rental fee would depend on the number of times the tool can be used. Is that fair? I know I'd gladly spend $30-50 to rent the compressor rather than buy it. Oh yeah, you break it, you buy it.

Any ideas?

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Old 10-15-2004, 06:21 AM
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Performance Products has a limited tool rental program, not sure if they offer the spring compressor though. Try them @ 800-243-1220. It's worth a shot.
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Old 10-15-2004, 06:59 AM
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Thanks for sharing, if I need that tool I would be happy to take you up on it.
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That's a fair offer - those who fully intend to use it and return it should have no problem putting a deposit up front
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These guys made their own home brew compressor for their alfa. Looking at the merc compressor it doesn't look all that complicated. Maybe you could build one for your merc, then share the plans with the rest of us..... Indy

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Old 10-15-2004, 01:02 PM
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I need to rebuild the front end on my CD but I don't have a spring compressor. I guess what I'll do is buy the compressor and do like Pep Boys, AutoZone and the rest do. You send me the full retail price (USPS money order), use the tool (typically 10 days), send it back and I send you your money back minus a rental fee.

How does that sound? I guess the rental fee would depend on the number of times the tool can be used. Is that fair? I know I'd gladly spend $30-50 to rent the compressor rather than buy it. Oh yeah, you break it, you buy it.

Any ideas?

Craig
Good luck. I've been trying to do the same thing with my SirTools compressor for a year but it never gets past the talking stage.
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Old 10-15-2004, 01:15 PM
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tool rental

I was at an AutoZone store recently, and they loan tools out. I think it's free as long as you're buying a product that requires the tool. For example, if you buy new shocks/springs from them, they'll loan you the spring compressor. I think you can also rent the tools for a nominal fee regardless of purchased items. Perhaps other auto stores do this as well?
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Old 10-15-2004, 01:27 PM
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Good luck. I've been trying to do the same thing with my SirTools compressor for a year but it never gets past the talking stage.
Well there ya go. Now ya dont have to go out and buy one. Rent RLeo's

Can we get the moderator to put a sticky thread at the top for people like RLeo that have special tools they will rent out?
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Old 10-15-2004, 09:45 PM
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R Leo- I'll rent the compressor from you. Just tell me how much and I'll send it, and tell me what the fee will be. Done deal.

AutoZone and the rest will rent tools for free, you don't have to buy anything. Basically you buy the tool, use it and return for a full refund. They don't have the correct spring compressor though.

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Old 10-15-2004, 10:51 PM
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Cool, I am getting ready to do a full rebuild of my W116 front end, its not bad yet tie rod ends are getting loose, you can feel it pulling and pushing on them but not otherwise, Will do the whole front end for piece of mind. But coil spring compresor.....................................gonna keep you in mind if I can't get something local.
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Old 10-16-2004, 12:14 AM
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Cool, .....gonna keep you in mind if I can't get something local.
Do a search in here about spring compressors. From what I have read anything NOT MB approved as a compressor is a disaster waiting to happen. Lots of practical expereince about that in this forum.
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Old 10-16-2004, 02:51 PM
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Do a search in here about spring compressors. From what I have read anything NOT MB approved as a compressor is a disaster waiting to happen. Lots of practical expereince about that in this forum.
Believe me I know, I have sen those posts. I also can't afford to pay a mechanic with those tools to do it.

But I do believe in doing it in a safe manner.

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