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Old 04-06-2009, 09:45 PM
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Coil Spring Compressor help??

Ok im l am not going to pay a grand for this tool. I've been looking at two different tools that seem just as good and what to know has anyone heard of these companies and is the tool pretty goo? The first tool is by El Paso Tool. It costs $189.00. The second tool is by Koch Tools and is $179.00 I tried to rent a compressor on here but i never got a responce so i really am tempted to buy one of these tools because my ride quality is horrible. I n have all my parts but i need this tool. So what do you'all think?

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Old 04-06-2009, 10:11 PM
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I just waited for a Klann to pop up on ebay and bought it. I'd be warry of a discount made-in-China tool when dealing with something as dangerous as the stored energy of a coil spring.
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:31 PM
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The first tool is by El Paso Tool. It costs $189.00.
That tool will work fine for you.
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:19 PM
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Why not get one of these?
http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=80246&group_ID=1634&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:24 AM
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I got one of those cheap ones. Works great. I have used it on one car, and two other members have been happy with using is also. The 123 had to have the hole in the car made a little larger. But they did not have a problem. Worked perfect on the 126.
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:22 AM
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Thanks everybody. Hey tankdriver, that link you sent. That does look like a good tool. But has anyone on here tried it? Do you have one does it work? And Blackestate, you had to enlarge the hole in a 123 to get the thing into the spring? Which tool was this?
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:27 AM
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I tried one similar to this with no luck. maybe if I could have gotten the ears closer to the ends, but I was not able to compress enough to reinstall the spring and still get the compressor off of the spring. I bought the cheapo klann copy and it works very well. I had to skim maybe 1/32 from the diameter of the upper tower hole to get it in and out.
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Thanks everybody. Hey tankdriver, that link you sent. That does look like a good tool. But has anyone on here tried it? Do you have one does it work? And Blackestate, you had to enlarge the hole in a 123 to get the thing into the spring? Which tool was this?
I've used it, but not on a Benz, so not much help.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:53 AM
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the Benz springs have many close together coils unlike US springs with larger, farther apart coils. you really need the right tool to compress them enough to remove and install them easily
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After doing these Mercedes springs for years with no tool, I finally broke down and bought a clam type and paid almost $200 for it. Doesn't work and I have gone back to the floor jack/lift method. Works every time.
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That tool will work fine for you.
That's the one I have, works great.
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After doing these Mercedes springs for years with no tool, I finally broke down and bought a clam type and paid almost $200 for it. Doesn't work and I have gone back to the floor jack/lift method. Works every time.

I can get them out this way, but getting them back in is a scary job, and its 10X harder than using the compressor
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After doing my W201 front springs with a workable cobbled up homemade compressor, I wouldn't dream of doing it with just a floor jack. If I were to attempt any kind of spring work without a compressor that goes up the inside of the spring, I'd secure it with a long bar or heavy chain inside it first so that if (when?) it pops loose it won't remove my face as it travels across the street. I have had this happen where I felt the breeze of the spring seat across my cheek and about 10 seconds later heard it land on the pavement across the street from my house. I got religion real quick. Don't fck around with springs. They can EASILY be lethal. Probably the most dangerous thing you can do on a car.
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:32 PM
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I used the El Paso compressor on my W123. Worked fine. Of course, I don't know whether it was loaded anywhere near capacity. For all I know, I was near death the whole time. As others have said, car springs are dangerous.
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There is not getting away from the statements of other members that the spring job is VERY dangerous without the right tool but I found that El Paso tool or Kinetik spring compressor would do the job as the
Klann compressor but a fraction of the cost.



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