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Old 12-19-2006, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Highlifter spring install w/o special tool

I wasn't able to get the spring compressor tool when I picked up my Highlifter springs. Here's what I did. Be careful, take your time, realize this isn't what ratchet straps are for and proceed at your own risk. Hey, it worked for me and I love my new springs.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I started by supporting the rear of the Rinny and removing the wheels.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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then I removed the lower through bolt
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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pull the spindle and lower portion of the coil-over away from the upper control arm.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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remove the bushing caps and push out the metal bushing. this will free up the bottom of the coil over.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I didn't find a need to remove the top of the shock from the Rinny. Leaving the top bolted up meant that I didn't have to worry about holding the shock.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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uh oh, here's something that shouldn't be done...this is how I turned a ratchet strap into a band clamp. (band clamp would have been less awkward) I threaded the loose strap thru the ratchet loop so I wouldn't have to hook the hooks together-would have been too long and not enough squish.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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threading of the strap-uh, band clamp- between the spring and shock.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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alternate and tighten both straps until there is some seperation. you might need to pull down on the shock as it will tend to follow the spring.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I had to push this rubber bushing out of the way to slide out the retainer washer.
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