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I've been lookin' around the forums but can't come up with a solid answer. To just replace the shocks (Bilstein HD), do I need compressors? Seems like I shouldn't need them, but any input would be greatly appreciated :D
 

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Yeah, Im sure it wouldnt hurt. The coil is still under tension and places alot of pressure on the upper strut plate. If you decide not to use one, be aware everything is going want to fly everywhere.
 

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Alright thanks bud. Hopefully I'll get a set of HD's in the next few months... Just wanted to know ahead of time. I'll have to find someone who has a compressor now... haha
 

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Alright thanks bud. Hopefully I'll get a set of HD's in the next few months... Just wanted to know ahead of time. I'll have to find someone who has a compressor now... haha
Pepboys has a tool loan program. I rented em for $60...return em in the same condition and get your $60 back.:teethmast
 

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Yeah I understand that haha. Just that type of compressor is what I was looking at. Besides it never hurts to have another tool lying around :D
 

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Do you an autozone around your parts? Thats where I rented mine. Others have also recommend getting 2 sets to be safer. If you do find a place that loans then out, make sure to look them over. The compressor bend a lot depending on where you position them, so who knows if they get "weaker" as they get used. I got lucky when i rented mine and got a brand new set but they were not straight when i took them back. Our springs are pretty strong and i bet the compressors are made for less stiff car springs.
 

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Yeah it sounds like most sets are made for smaller cars and the like... Might just have a shop do it, so if the thing explodes its their fault :D
 

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Get the spring compressors that at very least have a saftey locking mechanism. I wouldnt use those previously linked. For a few bucks more you will have safer demo and install.

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Tool-Design-ATD-3054-MacPherson/dp/B000OUW78O/ref=sr_1_2?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1301503545&sr=1-2[/ame]

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[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-647089-Strut-Spring-Compressor/dp/B0015UWXIQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1301503545&sr=1-6[/ame]
 

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Yup you need to compress the springs, and they are a pits. I had to use two sets of rental spring compressors from autozone......its not that bad took me two hours to do both sides.
 

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My advice is to just bring it to a shop and have them swap it out. I tried the rental sprint compressors on my Pro-4x coils (got 2 sets of compressors) and it still bent the compressors.

I've had 4x4 springs from my old Frontier bust a compressor (rental). If I didn't have ratchet straps on as a fail safe, things would have been very bad.

I brought everything over to Firestone and they swapped the struts out for $50.
 

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Not hardly worth messing with for $50, great advice!
 

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I just did mine over the weekend. I paid the shop $20 and they did both sides. Takes them about 5 minutes.
 

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Alright sounds good. I'll take the struts off, take a different car and have a shop swap them. Thanks guys!
 
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