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Once (in my youth) a friend and I were assembling a strut with a coil-over spring with one of those crappy five-dollar compressor tools.  I looked away for a second and there was a bang followed by silence.  The spring had come loose and knocked my friend’s hat off while blowing by his face.  Since then I lean towards stronger and more stable spring compressors — like the Strut Tamer from OTC.  It’s large, heavy-duty, and not going to lose its grip at an inopportune moment.

The Tamer will work with almost any straight, conical, or offset spring, and it sports a four-point locking jaw system that securely holds the spring in place. The stand’s and open-ended design lets you can position the strut easily — both in and out of the ‘Tamer — and two wheels allow you to tilt the stand back and move the entire unit to the work area.  During compression, the wheels lift off the floor, and four no-slip rubber pads keep the stand firmly in place.

The arms adjust in and out and up and down in order to accept many sizes of springs from ranging from 2-1/2″ to 10″ in diameter to from 2-1/2″ to 24″ in the vertical.  To compress the spring, you turn the ‘Tamer’s long 3-bar handle located on the top of the unit.

To keep the strut assembly straight during compression, the tamer has a center screw that floats from side-to-side. 

The bad news: it costs a lot more than $5.  Street pricing starts around $470.  Maybe we’ll just uninstall the struts and take ’em down to Midas.  We hear they’ll remove and install springs on the cheap for carry-ins.

Strut Tamer [OTC Tools]
Street Pricing [Froogle]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]

 

6 Responses to Strut Tamer: The SAFE Way to Remove Coil-Overs

  1. Rick says:

    I’m having a case of deja vu here. I could swear we discussed this item already.

    In any case, the message bears repeating- Don’t cheap out on safe and proper spring compressors. Those springs can be dangerous… Especially you guys in pickup territory. 🙂

  2. Rick says:

    I’m having a case of deja vu here. I could swear we discussed this item already.

    In any case, the message bears repeating- Don’t cheap out on safe and proper spring compressors. Those springs can be dangerous… Especially you guys in pickup territory. 🙂

    Also, the Midas near me refused to go near my spring/struts.

  3. nrChris says:

    Rick, you do seem to be experiencing deja vu deja vu.

  4. Chuck Cage says:

    Rick: I think you’re thinking of this post, in which we totally agree with you. 🙂

  5. Rick says:

    Sorry for the double post.. that’s what happens when your DSL is down and you need your toolmonger post anyway.. I was reading and responding from my cell phone.

    Chuck – You’re right.. I knew I had heard the one about the $400 spring compressor – Now that I can actually see the whole post on one screen – I see that this one is a floor model, which might be a better deal for people if they don’t want the strut tamer from that other post taking up wall space. I like the fact that you can wheel this around the car as you work too.. no need to walk across the shop, etc.

  6. Have been searching for some decent information on this for awhile now thats for the great article.

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