Here's what the compressor clamp has to attach to. It occurred to me that this is a "critical component". If the clamp fails, then the spring unloads, and the spring compressor becomes a high velocity projectile. Probably terminal!
CAUTION! The spring is still LOADED (compressed) even after removing the spring eye bolts. I know from personal experience. I disassembled the conrol arms and spring in my driveway (spring eye bolts were already removed) and I'm lucky to have escaped that task without injury. The spring let go when I removed the second bolt from the first control arm -- I should have gotten a clue that the spring was still compressed when I didn't have to hold the bolt head while removing the nut. Probably the thing that saved me is that, although I thought the spring was not compressed, I was still skeptical and kept my head and other body parts from the spring's likely trajectory. However, the last nut from the bolt keeping the spring compressed is probably still in orbit -- and this "nut" learned a lesson.Then you remove the "spring eye bolts" and lower the ends of the leaf (make sure that the car body is still supported!). Then the rest of the front suspension clip can either be disassembled, piece by piece, while it is still on the car, or you could then remove it as an assembly and disassemble it on a bench.
Ooh. Cross bow. Graphic analogy. It isn't the power of the bow, as much as the travel. Arrow (or tension bolt) through the body...GTJIM said:Yes, once some tension is up on the front spring by the device the whole thing turns into a great big, very powerful, cross bow!
It is imperative that everything is strong enough and the threaded rod anchored immovably to the center of the spring.
If it lets go then then ...........
There was no particular reason the small pieces stuck out from the main beam, other than I welded the beam spacers on after I had cut the main beam to length, and found I could make it a bit longer. The maximum length of the beam is determined by the width between the brake backing plates with the leaf fully compressed. If it is too long, it won't fit between the backing plates (or rotors) and yet still contact the spring eyes. But if the beam spacer is too short (too wide a space in between), they fall off the spring-eyes as the spring expands.soybean said:The short piece of 2x2 tubing. I noticed it stuck out a little bit. Is this on purpose, and if so how much is sticking out? I had no idea how far it stuck out, so I made mine 1/2 inch longer each end than the beam. The puller itself, I noticed the jaws were held in place by two bolts. The Matco pitman arm puller only has one. Do you think that would be sufficient? The website you had listed was down for maintenance, so I couldn't find it listed. Was it very expensive? Matco and Snapon wanted an arm and a leg for theirs.Thanks, Jarrell