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Spring Compressors Slow
Posted by: Adam Fuson @ 2007.12.07.0401

Bremer had invited me to his garage nearly every weekend for the past 4 months to do auto repair. Finally a few Saturdays ago I met Bremer at his place, and we endeavored to swap his springs for shorter, stiffer springs. I brought a few pneumatic and hand tools as well as a spring compressor, which I had purchased from Harbor Freight, when Bull and I replaced the suspension on the Previa. Bremer and I removed wheels and brake lines to get to the struts without much trouble, though a few things slowed us. With one front strut completely removed we began to compress the spring with the Harbor Freight spring compressor, but it took a long time and could not be positioned conveniently. Finally, we noticed that to remove the strut mount from the strut we would need a pass-through-socket. So we went to the nearby Lowe's and bought a socket set. However, when we returned and continued with the spring compressors, we got one in a bind and basically killed it. So back to the stores we went, this time to Harbor Freight at Beechmont, where I bought some ratchet straps and C-clamps, but unfortunately there were no spring compressors. Bremer checked Big Lots, but they did not have them either. We thought about the situation while splitting a platter of 64 Chick-fil-a nuggets on the return drive to Bremer's house. Also on the way, we stopped at my house and got some more tools.

Back at Bremer's garage with more tools and energy, Bremer commandeered my ratchet straps and started cranking down on one of the springs. They held without any problem, and Bremer easily removed the strut mount. Then he un-ratcheted one side at a time and removed the spring safely from the strut. I don't think this would work so well, if the spring needed lots of compression, as it may be difficult to release the tension controllably, but for these short struts it was perfect. Extra ratchet straps would give more control adding and releasing tension, and their speed in this task is exquisite. Two main mistakes were made during this project. The struts were not sufficiently tightened to the strut mounts, which was very obvious by the sounds the car made when moving and easily fixable by tightening. Secondly, the shoulder-bolts which control camber were not marked before removal. There are two bolts which bind the strut to the control-arm. One of the bolts has an asymmetrical shoulder, which controls the camber angle and might have been marked for consistency in re-assembly. However, after altering the suspension, the car should be re-aligned anyway.

 


bremer @ 2007.12.07 0835
  Posted at 4:07AM, Fuse you should really get some sleep.

will @ 2007.12.07 1254
  i think he needs a hobby from his hobbies

Fuse @ 2007.12.09 1739
  http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=414023&highlight=wpn111

will @ 2007.12.10 2013
  recognize this ip?

Ned @ 2007.12.11 0029
  What is that IP?

y'all seen the new website?


John adams @ 2007.12.11 1443
  yeah I saw it and tried to call you about it but you didn't answer your cell phone. Looks great.

Ned @ 2007.12.13 0927
  Oh yeah, I saw that you called. I figured it would be too early in the day to call you back.

John adams @ 2007.12.13 1947
  I'll be back from the 24th-30th. Is anyone going to be around?

Ned @ 2007.12.13 1953
  Not I.

Ned @ 2007.12.15 1615
 

Nothing says Excitement like Spring Compressors.



Ned @ 2007.12.17 1330
  Where's your mind Katherine?

Ned @ 2007.12.18 0942
  Bears!

http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20071218/NEWS0103/712180421

http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/C2/20071214/NEWS01/712140308/


john adams @ 2007.12.18 1642
  http://creekistan.blogspot.com/2007/05/godzulla-2007.html

Katie @ 2007.12.20 0407
  http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php?id=312084283 this needs to be the next project that decavirate tackles! perhaps, though, any future project should not only somehow incorporate bikes, computers and energy but SAILING as well!

Ron Paul Support @ 2007.12.20 0919
 

go to sleep @ 2007.12.25 0051
 

Katie @ 2007.12.25 0218
  Santa would probably have the best luck visiting Decavirate at about 7 am ... Late enough that even Adam would have fallen asleep after a long night of watching YouTube videos and reading articles about Ron Paul and sailing, and early enough so that Callahan wouldn't have called quite yet, requesting that he come immediately because the basement flooded. Or they need help finding the 'send' button for e-mail. Or because the server died. Or ...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

will @ 2007.12.25 1656
  i just don't get it.

Ned @ 2008.01.04 2253
  Happy New Year to you, el Fuse.

Katie @ 2008.01.17 1357
  Hear ye, hear ye!

All are invited to meet at Krishna (on Calhoun in Clifton) at 5pm for Adam's birthday. We will take our food to eat somewhere on UC's campus - perhaps DAAP - and then maybe head back to Decavirate.

Talk to Adam if you would like to carpool from Decavirate ... otherwise, we'll see you at 5pm on Sunday!

will @ 2008.01.18 0023
  daap? really? i wouldn't mind getting away from daap. how about at my apartment?

fuse @ 2008.01.18 0059
  That sounds reasonable to me...what is your address?

bremer @ 2008.01.18 0723
  Fuse, you should not make an electric car, make an air powered car ----- http://www.plentymag.com/features/2008/01/driving_on_air.php

Fuse @ 2008.01.18 2000
  I recommend calling your order in to Krishna 513.961.2878 to avoid waiting in their smallish 'dining' area. Should we eat at Will's apt or Bremer's house? What is the address of your apt, Will?

Charlie @ 2008.01.23 1047
  Ron Bennington (on Ron Paul):I'll tell you this - I am very excited that he says, 'if elected I'm gonna lean over and grab that steering wheel of the United States of America and jerk it into oncoming traffic.'

@ 2008.01.23 2129
 

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