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Zip Ties - AKA don't try this at home.

OK The reason I did this was because I was at home and my spring compressor was not. (I could not find my spring compressor.)


Since my springs are not stock and lower the car about 1-1/2 inches the total amount of compression I needed was very small.

It did work for me but I was very careful to never have the spring pointed at me through the whole process. In fact I am not going to tell you how I did it. If you are smart enough to make it work you are smart enough to figure out how I got the springs compressed. There is a very specific order to how you do this is the only clue I will give.

If you try this and get hurt don't blame me.






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The issue really isn't weather or not it is pointer at you if it broke- the issue is having your fingers around it if it broke. If you had your hands around the top flange and those decided to let go, it easily has enough force to nearly sever your fingers.

That being said this is something I would do.

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how are you gonna get these back to normal?
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Ohhhh man bro, scary lol, sooo what are you pulling the suspension for???
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Ohhhh man bro, scary lol, so what are you pulling the suspension for???

New Koni sports. The set I put in back in 1993 finally died. Turns out I should have installed the bump stops that were supposed to come with the struts but did not.

They are now special order and will set you back another $25 but they will prevent you from bottoming out the strut (what killed mine).
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how are you gonna get these back to normal?
???

I am not sure of the question. The springs are IBOC progressives the bottom of the spring is very soft. If you look at the photos you will see that the coils at the bottom are very close together. This is the normal spacing of the spring at this location of the spring. The upper half of the spring has very broadly spaced coils and is very stiff (why it is a progressive spring) I only compressed the bottom and the total compression was about 2 inches to spring travel total.
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The issue really isn't weather or not it is pointer at you if it broke- the issue is having your fingers around it if it broke. If you had your hands around the top flange and those decided to let go, it easily has enough force to nearly sever your fingers.

That being said this is something I would do.

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Yep. I only wore gloves and only handled them by the sides with two hands pressing the spring between my palms. On the sides of the coils not on the ends of course

I have seen these things let go and it is quite impressive!
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why not use few of those metal thing you put around intake,they are strong as hell...
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yea i wouldn't have done that with zipties. why do u do this when you can rent at spring compressor at autozone for free?
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I did the same thing in a pinch with a pair of motorcycle tie-downs. Worked well actually, but it was just to disassemble a strut and not to re-compress it.
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yea i wouldn't have done that with zip ties. why do u do this when you can rent at spring compressor at autozone for free?
Sunday night. Needed car on monday morning. I thought I had mine when I started the project.

I like the idea of using straps. I Must remember that one.
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i love zip-ties!!!
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ah i see. i think a the inner area of a big C clamp would be safer though
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Zip ties are the third piece of the space time continuum. Next to Duct Tape, Crazy glue of course.
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Desperate times call for desperate measures...and zip ties FTW!

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lol hondadustr.

i'm all for usage of zip ties. just not when my life is on the line. my front bumper is held on with zipties, as is my electrical system switch panel (gutted interior)
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how are you gonna get these back to normal?
After I got it reassembled and the weight was back on the strut.
A pair of dikes (not the female kind) was all it took.
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hate to bring this up so late, but if you had merely unbolted the sway bar from the control arm, you could have swung the control arm down and avoided the use of the compressor all together
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hate to bring this up so late, but if you had merely unbolted the sway bar from the control arm, you could have swung the control arm down and avoided the use of the compressor all together
Nope. Not true. You need to compress the spring to get it back on the strut. Compressing the spring had nothing to do with getting it out. Getting them out from under the car all you have to do is jack up the whole front end so both sides are hanging. Then unbolt both sides and they just drop down together. Everything rotates down including the sway bar. It makes changing struts in my car a really simple job. Since my car uses the inserts I don't even have to take the bottom apart at all meaning I don't need an alignment when replacing struts. I did both sides in under an hour. You spend more time jacking up the car and placing the jack stands then you do actually replacing the struts.
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I hate to admit it, but back when I first started working on cars my dad helped me to umm "secure" some springs on a strut using a coat hanger twisted around the spring. Like you I will spare the directions for doing this in favor of not harming the less mechanically inclined, but this thread reminds me of the good old days
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