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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 14, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Valve spring compressor

I saw this Proform valve spring compressor and it looks very easy to use and is less than $50.

Does anyone know of a better/cheaper tool ?

I think I'm going to buy one unless someone knows of a better one !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9hOnbs9xwc

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/pro-66784/overview/

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Re: Valve spring compressor

I have it and it works very well just as shown. But if you are just going to be removing the spring to check it for being bad (not holding spring tension) use this one instead as it allows you to check the spring pressure on the head.



http://www.summitracing.com/parts/mo...Fc1Z7AodXRQAQg

I have that one as well as a Rimac bench top spring height vs pressure checker;



that I use to set up the heads and then just check pressure after that to keep from being surprised by a broken spring later. I also run dual to triple springs on all BBC heads as they tend to eat valve springs and having two extra springs helps to prevent sucking a valve (which is how I lost all but two motors while racing).

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Thanks Dave ! I believe I will order that compressor.

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Pretty facncy. I just used one of these and it works well.


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Pretty facncy. I just used one of these and it works well.

That looks like this one :
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/otc-4573/overview/

Is it very hard to rotate and tighten down ?

I'm thinking you only have to compress the spring about 1/4" to release the keepers.

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I saw this Proform valve spring compressor and it looks very easy to use and is less than $50.

Does anyone know of a better/cheaper tool ?

I think I'm going to buy one unless someone knows of a better one !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9hOnbs9xwc

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/pro-66784/overview/
I have the profrom compressor as well, very easy to use and easy to get the locks out. It made quick work of installing shims to get the installed heights correct.

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I have the profrom compressor as well, very easy to use and easy to get the locks out. It made quick work of installing shims to get the installed heights correct.
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Some people commented that the fingers might need to be slightly bent to make even contact on the retainer.

Doesn't sound like a big deal. I have a BBC with 1.55" OD springs.

Did you have to bend yours or modify it to make it better ?

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I did not have to modify anything - installed beehives with 1.186" diameter. You should be fine.

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That looks like this one :
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/otc-4573/overview/

Is it very hard to rotate and tighten down ?

I'm thinking you only have to compress the spring about 1/4" to release the keepers.
Used this compressor to remove my triple spring on a bbc. Little tight but collapse enough to get keeper out.

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Re: Valve spring compressor

I was looking at this one also, but was worried last set on drivers side was the brake booster going to give me clearance issues.


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I think I have one somewhere that's just made of U shaped piece of stamped steel that bolts to the rocker stud. You pull up and the spring compresses.
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