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I just wanted to share a little experience I had yesterday. As I posted earlier, I recently put Shock Therapy springs on my 2X. Yesterday I had to remove one and fix my screw up. That's another story. I have changed many springs over the years on various vehicles so I know how to do it and how to be as safe as possible. So what I'm going to say, although very obvious, its just a reminder, you never know.

Yesterday I removed the shock and proceeded to compress the springs with no issues. I made the correction to the shock and began to reassemble it. I hooked up the spring compressor and got to work. Well, you know what's coming...Yep, one of the compressors broke under a full load. I have used this same compressor several times including the most recent job, but still its pretty new.

Well let me tell you, that sum bytch went off like a cannon. the shock itself when thru my wooded work bench, bent the metal leg on the bench and sent pieces and parts all over the place. something shot up and went thru the bottom of my kayak that hangs above the bench.

As I said, I have done this many times and I know to be extra cautious. I always insure things are pointing away from my body and I never reach over the end of the shock. I always work to the side of it.

Fortunately my caution paid off and other than a piece of something grazing off my hand, nothing came close to hitting me. I could not imaging the damage that would have caused had it hit my chest or my face.

All this to say, no matter how much experience you have, no matter how many times you have done this in the past, PLEASE be extra careful. You never know when a tool may fail or something unforeseen happens. I'm guessing this could have easily been fatal. But luckily, it just cost me a pair of underware.

BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS!!!!
 

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Added Bandit tender springs on my 21 1000x live valve last weekend. Had a cheapie Pittsburgh Tools spring compressor lock up when under load. I tried a 1100 lb/ft impact and it still would not remove the compressor.

Very dangerous. I used other compressors to compress more to remove locked up compressor. I could have easily sheared it under the pressure applied.

Spring compressors are no joke. Easy to get hurt.


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A good reminder for all of us to be careful in the shop, and always wear eye protection when grinding, using a wire wheel, or welding. And gloves to keep those pesky sparks and steel slivers out of our pinkies.
 

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with all due respect to everyone, I swapped all 4 tenders and just took the locknut all the way up and used a spanner to painfully loosen and tighten the nut on top of the springs. Took a lot of 1/4 turns, but always wanted that nut in place to hold everything together.
 

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with all due respect to everyone, I swapped all 4 tenders and just took the locknut all the way up and used a spanner to painfully loosen and tighten the nut on top of the springs. Took a lot of 1/4 turns, but always wanted that nut in place to hold everything together.
That works fine for changing tinder Springs. But when you’re replacing The entire spring package it doesn’t work the springs are far too long.
 

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That's a cool idea if you're working on small ATV shocks. Pretty sure its not going to be that easy on a 300 or 400 lb fox coil.
Just a disclaimer.... I HATE HATE HATE doing it this way. Scares the crap out of me! I would HIGHLY recommend using a spring compressor. If you don't have one, you can usually rent one for super cheap at any local auto parts store. If you're left with few other options....be very careful when doing the ratchet strap method in the video above. It makes me anxious and pucker up every time. Its like staring at a jack-in-the-box...as you slowly turn the handle. :ROFLMAO:
 

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Just a disclaimer.... I HATE HATE HATE doing it this way. Scares the crap out of me! I would HIGHLY recommend using a spring compressor. If you don't have one, you can usually rent one for super cheap at any local auto parts store. If you're left with few other options....be very careful when doing the ratchet strap method in the video above. It makes me anxious and pucker up every time. Its like staring at a jack-in-the-box...as you slowly turn the handle. :ROFLMAO:
You should really take that vid down. The liability alone would scare the shit out of me. If someone gets hurt using that method, it is a lawsuit waiting to happen, I can just see it now...

Plaintiff: "SuperATV instructed me in a video ON YouTube to do it that way and I lost my finger/hand/arm/whatever"
Jury: "$1,000,000 award granted!!!"
 

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You should really take that vid down. The liability alone would scare the shit out of me. If someone gets hurt using that method, it is a lawsuit waiting to happen, I can just see it now...

Plaintiff: "SuperATV instructed me in a video ON YouTube to do it that way and I lost my finger/hand/arm/whatever"
Jury: "$1,000,000 award granted!!!"
Oh I know....I've brought that up before. Plus, that video is every bit of 10 years old. Its outdated. I've done it that way too many times to take any more chances like that. All it takes is one time. It makes me anxious just thinking about it.

Again...... Please use a spring compressor if at all possible! :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: You can rent one at any auto parts store.
 

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2 of the first 3 posts involved spring compressor failures...
That is true. In may case I was working with a 300lb spring and compressing it several inches. probably well over 1000# of pressure on it. I have no way of knowing if the failure was because the compressor failed or if I had it misaligned or what. Meaning I have no idea why it broke. But I can guarantee I would never use tie downs to compress a 300# spring.
 
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