Date registered: Aug 2005
Location: Rockford, IL
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Here it is...DIY spring pad swap
After doing plenty of searches and reading Linh's DIY spring pad swap, I thought it sounded a little complicated to just change spring pads (no offense Linh). So I experimented with various tools and techniques and this is what I came up with.
Let's start with the materials you will need:
First, visit your local autoparts store and rent a spring compressor. There are two types of spring compressors you may find but it is important to rent the one shown in the picture. It is important to also note that most autoparts stores will rent the spring compressor and refund your money when you return it. Next, visit your local hardware store (ie: Home Depot, Lowe's, etc) and find the parts shown in the picture. These parts can be found in the plumbing aisle.
Ok, now for the good part. Detach the clamps from the spring compressor and find the clamp that is threaded.
Remove the protective plastic piece from the swing arm and feed the threaded clamp through the swing arm hole and into the middle of the spring.
Here comes the tricky part. Feed one end of the clamp through the spring and twist it into you get the other end of the clamp through the other side.
Once you get both sides through the spring, rotate the hooks downward until both hooks are positioned on the spring itself.
Now take the spring compressor rod, fed through the parts you pick up from the plumbing aisle, feed it through the hole in the swing arm, and screw it into the clamp.
Start tightening the rod into the clamp and the spring will lower so you can remove and replace the spring pad.
Alright, your half way there. When you're done changing the spring pad, loosen the rod so the spring returns back to its original position. Removing the clamp will also be tricky but be patient. You'll have to feed both sides of the clamp through the spring again and rotate it until the hooks are facing up. Pull one clamp to the top of the spring until you can get the entire clamp in the middle of the spring and let it drop down through the hole in the swing arm. Doing this the first time may take about a half hour but once you get the hang of rotating the clamp to get it in and out, the other wheels will be quick (keep in mind that the front spring pad swap may take a little longer to rotate the clamp because the inside diameter of the spring is not as large as the rear). If you run into any problems, feel free to PM me.
Last edited by wmr120; 04-30-2006 at 07:23 AM.
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