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Coilover cranking

I am about to be installing a heavy bumper and will probably need to crank my coilovers some more with the added weight. I've cranked them as much as I can. I can't crank them anymore because the upper control arm gets in the way. There is easily another 1"-1 1/2" of thread left to crank down on the coilover.

I can get at the coilover with the wrench when it's on it's own weight. But can't crank them, too much weight. When I jack it up is when the UCA gets in the way.

Has anyone ever made a jig to hold the coilover while you crank it off the truck? Or made a modified spanner wrench to get at it?

Maybe pull out the pinch bolt, get the stuff out of the way, and leave the coilover in?
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i have a piece of 1" square tubing thats 3' long that i slid over the wrench..

I know exactly what you mean by the UCA getting in the way... you cant crank too much at a time but if you get a rhythm down you get crank pretty fast.
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So a big cheater bar fixes everything?

I was worried about breaking something with it not jacked up and cranking all that weight.
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i took mine off and put them a coil putter on thingy you know the compressor thingy cranked em down and spun the nut by hand and kept doing that until i got that measurement and then made the other one like that
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a coil putter on thingy
That's some hardcore tech right there!!! lol

But I agree with matt and highroller, if the cheater bar don't work try the "coil putter on thingy". lol
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hahaha.


ya...there's special tool that trepaul used on his.....supposedly it's included with the RCD or maybe it's a universal special tool for cranking the c-o?
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hahaha.


ya...there's special tool that trepaul used on his.....supposedly it's included with the RCD or maybe it's a universal special tool for cranking the c-o?
That's the spanner wrench I've been using. I thought about trying to make one just like it but with an offset in the handle, kinda Z shaped. That way I could crank it while jacked up.

But if all it takes is a bigger cheater bar then that's what I'll do.
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Take the time to take the darn things off of the truck and do it the right way with the spanner. You're going to hurt yourself or the coilovers adjusting them on sprung weight. Don't let laziness lead to breaking parts. It sounds like you just care about how the truck looks (i.e. ride height) but you might want to check your up- vs. down-travel numbers to make sure you aren't completely messing up the ride.
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the problem with the 'coil putter on-ers'

otherwise known as coil compressors. was that they are made for struts which are much bigger, so the compressor won't fit the spring right and always ended up sliding around and clamping it down all caddy wompus.
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but if you get a rhythm down you get crank pretty fast.
woah man i don't think we are talking about that kinda crank lol.
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Has anyone ever tried welding tabs on a bench vise to make your own coil compressor thingy?
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woah man i don't think we are talking about that kinda crank lol.
bahhahahah onwed
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Has anyone ever tried welding tabs on a bench vise to make your own coil compressor thingy?
What are the springs rated? If they are heavy springs I wouldn't recommend that at all; good way to get hurt unless you really know what you're building.
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those springs are doomed lol
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oh man!!! You NEED to upgrade those coils to a 750lbs, you will be very happy.. Wont have to crank so much to get your desired height!! I love mine
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4wd? What motor?
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my 650s didn't last long with the winch on there, but then again once the snow melted and i was up beating the crap outa the 750s they didn't last too long either

its all how you drive, and how heavy that bumper really is.
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I plan to switch to 750s when these are wore out. Right now I think the 600s ride great.

I'll just have to wait and see how much the bumper and winch really effect them. The winch supposedly weighs 94 lbs and the bumper will probably weigh atleast 50 lbs.
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(get some rope on that biach)

I'm not sure how much the cable weighs (besides a lot) but 100' of synthetic line is supposed to weigh like 3 pounds!
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I don't understand why you guys are running such heavy springs.
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they seemed to work just fine for me once i got them broke in a little.
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(get some rope on that biach)

I'm not sure how much the cable weighs (besides a lot) but 100' of synthetic line is supposed to weigh like 3 pounds!
That would be great to take some extra weight off the front of the truck. I've never really looked into synthetic line before. I'll have to check it out.

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I don't understand why you guys are running such heavy springs.
I have no experience with the 750s but everyone seems to like them.

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the RCD 600s sag and soon. My hypercoil 650s seem to be sagging some as well. However, I think 750s are overkill. 650s or 700s are fine.
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and 800# are too much.
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