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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 10, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Installing Coil Springs

Hey guys I just finishing my front end rebuild, I have alot pics documenting installing the front coils, unfortunately I dont know how to post pics, can someone teach me about posting multiple pics...
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I hope someone does. I'd like to see them.

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Hey guys I just finishing my front end rebuild, I have alot pics documenting installing the front coils, unfortunately I dont know how to post pics, can someone teach me about posting multiple pics...
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JC,
The first thing you need to do to be able to post those pics.....get a free photo hosting account from www.photobucket.com. You will upload your pics there and you then attach them to your posts here using the

button using either the IMG /IMG code or using the direct link method. Get that photobucket account then practice posting pics in the Test Drive Forum.

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Re: Installing Coil Springs

If the pics are on your computer you can attach them by going advanced and useing the paper clip.

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Re: Installing Coil Springs

ok lets try this'

I picked this tool up from Oriely's part number 67050


you wont need the fork


remove this clip, but not the washers


also your going to have to loosen the pin on the small leg(but not to loose), you'll be removing that leg when your done in order to remove the tool from the spring


insert the tool thur the shock hole, make sure washers are on


small leg goes in the inside(closest to the engine, make sure your spring is properly seated on top, now start compressing this tool is really well made, i didnt use a chain and I didn't feel I needed one. continue to compress your spring until it clears the arms spring pocket


with a jack raise your lower arm, and use a pry bar to push the spring in place, connect your spindle tighten your balljoints and start uncompressing your spring, now remove the tool.that's it your done, i'm doing the drivers side on monday i'll take some pics of removing the tool from the spring....
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Good job

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thanks Doug and 1969 prostreet, for your info on posting pics.
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thanks Doug and 1969 prostreet, for your info on posting pics.
You're quite welcome JC!!!! Glad I could help as I'm going to be doing a spring swap and disc brake upgrade on my '69 in a couple of weeks so your pics will be very useful to me....thank you for posting them .

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Re: Installing Coil Springs

Ok, I have a few questions here...

I'm installing new front coil springs and aftermarket, tubular control arms on my '67 Camaro as well.

My questions are...

The stock coil springs that I purchased (eBay) have a "tighter" wrapped coil on one end and a more "loosely" wrapped coil on the other end. Which end goes up into the frame and which end goes into the lower control arm spring pocket? There are absolutely NO markings what so ever on the springs.

Also, I noticed in your photos that you have a red insulator in your lower control arm. Do you have one up in the frame spring pocket as well? Is it absolutely necessary to have these insulators? My tubular control arms didn't come with spring insulators, but the springs are coated with some sort of plastic/rubber coating.

Any information would be greatly appriciated as this is my first suspension rebuild!

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Ok, I have a few questions here...

I'm installing new front coil springs and aftermarket, tubular control arms on my '67 Camaro as well.

My questions are...

The stock coil springs that I purchased (eBay) have a "tighter" wrapped coil on one end and a more "loosely" wrapped coil on the other end. Which end goes up into the frame and which end goes into the lower control arm spring pocket? There are absolutely NO markings what so ever on the springs.

Also, I noticed in your photos that you have a red insulator in your lower control arm. Do you have one up in the frame spring pocket as well? Is it absolutely necessary to have these insulators? My tubular control arms didn't come with spring insulators, but the springs are coated with some sort of plastic/rubber coating.

Any information would be greatly appriciated as this is my first suspension rebuild!

Thanks!
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This thread was a few years old...but

Stand the spring on end....whatever end stands it straightest is the top.

The isolators are not required, but sometimes the steel on steel will create creaks and groans which the isolators help stop. You may be fine for a while (or longer) since they're coated ?
I've only used them on the bottom, when I did.

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Re: Installing Coil Springs

I don't mean to hijack this thread but since it has to do exactly with the title I'll ask it anyway. Is it possible to install springs without a compressor? I took them out using a floor jack under the control arm but I understand that the angle of the control arms might make it too tricky (dangerous?) to put back in the same way.


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Re: Installing Coil Springs

Are you sure the springs you have are for a Camaro? Tighter wrapped at one end (as in A LOT tighter - like a beehive) then you may be looking at an A-body rear coil spring. The tighter end on an A-body fits the spring perch on the axle.

Got any pix of said springs?

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I don't mean to hijack this thread but since it has to do exactly with the title I'll ask it anyway. Is it possible to install springs without a compressor? I took them out using a floor jack under the control arm but I understand that the angle of the control arms might make it too tricky (dangerous?) to put back in the same way.


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I've always had to use a spring compressor. If the springs that came out were very old (like originals) then they were probably pretty compressed and that's why the front end didn't jump when you separated the ball joint.

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I don't mean to hijack this thread but since it has to do exactly with the title I'll ask it anyway. Is it possible to install springs without a compressor? I took them out using a floor jack under the control arm but I understand that the angle of the control arms might make it too tricky (dangerous?) to put back in the same way.


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You can and we've done it on unmounted bare subframes using a chain and a jack. If this is your first go at this then use a compressor.
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I've done in half a dozen times and no spring compressor.

Just be sure to safety chain it incase things go wrong.

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