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Old 09-30-2012, 04:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there anyway to remove front springs without the actual Merc spring compressors because I do jot have acess to them unfortunately thanks in advance
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, there is, but it's a little bit dangerous. The basic concept is using standard coil spring compressors and putting a jack under the end of the lower control arm, jacking it down slowly. You have to be careful because standard coil spring compressors like to move around on these springs, what I did last time was wrap a ratchet strap around the top of the spring and upper spring perch several times to keep the spring from going anywhere in case it snapped loose. You must be extremely careful while doing this.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks mate might just see what other unswars pop up first cheers


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Unless you want to risk grave injury or even dying, just shell out the extra $180 for a MB spring compressor from Ebay.
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and I'm not even sure that the control arm trick would work too well as I have had a 190 in the air at a junk yard with the shocks removed, no sway bar, control arms hanging down as low as they could ever go, and wailing on the springs with a hammer and they still would not budge. (not that I condone that, we were there to take the shock mounts and I wanted to see how hard it would be to release the springs while everything was a loose)

Takes about 5 min per side with the proper compressor, it's safe, and you can recoup 90% of the money spent on the compressor by reselling it on here or the rev when you are done with it.... removing the spring without the proper tool is very dangerous. You could be seriously injured or even killed if that spring flies out at you. Is your life, or even your arm worth saving $200?
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and I'm not even sure that the control arm trick would work too well as I have had a 190 in the air at a junk yard with the shocks removed, no sway bar, control arms hanging down as low as they could ever go, and wailing on the springs with a hammer and they still would not budge. (not that I condone that, we were there to take the shock mounts and I wanted to see how hard it would be to release the springs while everything was a loose)

Takes about 5 min per side with the proper compressor, it's safe, and you can recoup 90% of the money spent on the compressor by reselling it on here or the rev when you are done with it.... removing the spring without the proper tool is very dangerous. You could be seriously injured or even killed if that spring flies out at you. Is your life, or even your arm worth saving $200?
Yeah, that's why I use standard coil spring compressors so tension is off the control arm so I can pull the spring out. Again, this was a hack-job method, and just my "redneck" way of doing it.

Final words: Buy the correct compressors. Your life will be infinitely more pleasant.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok thanks guys for giving me some advice I'm still looking in to it but will most Likly buy my compress


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Old 10-01-2012, 01:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Ok how bout this does anyone in new Zealand preferably south island near Nelson have a mb spring compressor I can hire please


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Old 10-01-2012, 02:00 AM   #9 (permalink)
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you may want to also try the UK forum... Mercedes 190e
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Ok y is that mate?


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