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Old 05-09-2013, 02:25 PM
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I got my front shocks off and broke down to install some 5100's. Now with them set at 2.8 the spring is a bitch to compress far enough. I tried using the hand style and it didn't work, so I took them to the hobby shop on base where they have a wall mount one. After cranking the shit out of it, the spring flew off and hit me in the balls. I damn near passed out. SO I take them to a repair shop up the street. Now they're saying that their compressor isn't big enough. So I start calling 4x4 shops and everyone's going to a big show this weekend. So now my truck is stuck 1/2 in and 1/2 out of the garage with the whole front end taken apart. This is turning into a major pain at this point. And I'm scrambling to find someone who can do it which isn't working so well either. Alright, enough venting for now. Time to ice the marbles.
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damn dude. they shouldn't be that hard to compress. I used a shitty hand one. you just need to compress it enough to get the top nut off.

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Getting them taken apart wasn't the hard part. Compressing the springs enough to get the nut on the Bilstein is the problem. Now I'm calling all over Va Beach trying to find someone who will do it today or tomorrow.
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I had to thread the nut first without the thing assembled all the way down then back it off so that when it came time to put it on with the whole thing assembled it was easier.
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mine were a bitch to get on my 07. Had to use a impact each side of the compression tool i got from Autozone. cause it was way too hard to do by hand.It made me nervous as hell but just do each side in equally.
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That sucks bud, can you get your hands on an impact? I used the same one you did I think? It worked fine. Actually I had them @ 3 different settings in a week lol. I can't believe the spring flew off and hit you, that's crazy. If you manage to get an impact, tighten each side a little at a time, maybe 5-10 seconds each side , this will help keep the same tension on the spring so it won't fly off again . One more thing, make sure you put the washer on the rod first, then spring cap followed by the lock nut. If you can, compress the spring enough so that's its not touching the spring cap, this way you can make sure the washer and nut are tight and snug.

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Well this news just got my nuts a bit shriveled as I am ready to attempt my Bilstein install. I'd rather pay someone to do it then have the sac smacked by a truck spring.
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Sucks you're havin issues, i used that same wall mount in the back room on Oceana to do mine. Matter of fact, this time next week I'm doing my buddies truck at the NNSY hobby shop...fml. What all shops did you call? I know most of the big shops are backed up till next week and some. Hell I couldn't even get an appt to get my tires swapped out till next Friday.

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Dang man, I hope you get it straightened out. Be glad that spring didn't smack you in the head. I'm sure it hurt but man those things have the potential to seriously hurt you.

Maybe I'm still a little juvenile but I cracked up when I read the part about the spring hitting you in the satchel, lol.
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After some ice on the stones yesterday all is good. I took them to Tread Quarters first thing this morning and they had them done in 20 minutes. After yesterday I was glad to pay them to do it. Got home and reinstalled them which was really easy and now it's at the tire shop waiting for them to mount and balance the 20x10 chrome Hostages with 35" Toyo's. It sits a little front high right now, but I haven't installed the rear spacers yet since they needed it this morning to get the tires worked in. After I get it back, spacers installed, and washed I'll post some pics. It should look sweet.
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