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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 13, 2:02 PM Thread Starter
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Right Stuff Detailing Tubular Control Arms+SS coil install HELP

Okay CT, here's the problem...Recently tore down all the front suspension and steering and replaced all bushings and ball joints etc, using MOOG rebuild kit (66 chevelle btw). So found out that the control arms were damaged around the ball joint areas, and so decided to purchase some tubular control arms from Right Stuff Detailing.

All went well installing UNTIL i got to the coil install part. How in the hell can i get the coils compressed far enough to get them into the frame hole and the "cup" of the lower control arm? Can't use a regular spring compressor because the compression screws hit the frame, a common problem i now find out. Most people just say use a floor jack, but i cant even get the spring in the lower control arm, so i may use the floor jack...Any advice would be much appreciated!

btw heres a pic of the lower arms: http://static.summitracing.com/globa....jpg?rep=False
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Re: Right Stuff Detailing Tubular Control Arms+SS coil install HELP

This is what I did. Also came up through the bottom. I had to open the shock hole up a little. You might be able to shorten the tool also..



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I see that you have the frame off the body, would it matter at all if i'm doing a frame on resto? Wheel wells get in the way at all, cause it would seems like they would. Did you have any issues getting the internal spring compressor out once you attached the spindle to the lower and upper control arms? Cause im looking at it and I am not seeing how i'm gonna get it out once its installed...
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??? I didn't use a spring comp. on my 67....used a jack and the vehicles weight. A cable/chain is a good idea for spring control, (just in case) but it was not necessary on my overhaul. I used RSD parts also and was very pleased.
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get this or one a lot like it.


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Threaded (hardened) steel rod, 2 large thick washers or plates, 3 nuts. Double nut one end of rod, slide 1 washer on and drop thru top shock hole. Washer and nut on bottom, tighten with impact or BFW and cheater bar. Easier than bruised knuckles from wrestling the compressor parts out when done. IMHO

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I see that you have the frame off the body, would it matter at all if i'm doing a frame on resto? Wheel wells get in the way at all, cause it would seems like they would. Did you have any issues getting the internal spring compressor out once you attached the spindle to the lower and upper control arms? Cause im looking at it and I am not seeing how i'm gonna get it out once its installed...
Wheel wells shouldn't be a problem just less convenient. Not a problem getting it out just the normal wiggle and giggle.

It might be easier doing it the way I didnt think to take the pic. Compress the poop out of the spring on the bench and slide the threaded rod through the shock hole and assemble. Remember you will need to open up the shock hole. Doing it this way its a little harder to get the compressor out because you have two hooks in the spring. And if you you go this route set the compressor on the bottom side of the spring. It is a bit of a pain but you will get you it. I was lucky enough to have the help of a friend.


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Okay well i got the spring between the control arms, got the jack on it and started cranking up, problem now is the car is not heavy enough to compress the springs anymore?! its got the engine and everything in there.... Its very frustrating, took me many tries to finally get ONE spring coil in place. I crank up until there is about 6-8 inches between the lower ball joint and the spindle before it starts to lift the car off the jack stands. By the looks of it, the BBC springs are about 18.5 inches decompressed and when all is said and done, they need to be compressed to about 10 inches?

How do i compress the coils further? you guys make it look/sound SO easy, these parts wont look new when i finally get them all in there beat the hell outta nearly everything trying to get it all together
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Re: Right Stuff Detailing Tubular Control Arms+SS coil install HELP

Search for the chain-jack method. Essentially you run a chain around the top of the frame and attach both ends to the front axle of your floor jack. I've used this method a few times on cars with no motors and it worked great. Be careful, work slowly, safety chain the spring so it can't fly out at you!
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