How the heck do you get the stock front springs back on?

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    I'm needing to get my stock springs back onto the stock struts, but am having a hell of a time. Does anyone have any tips on getting them back on?

    Every which way I set the clamp ends up compressing the spring really crooked. The first picture is what it looks like with the bottom sitting flush against the perch. I could line the top up instead, but there's almost no way I'd get the spring compressed enough to get the top on. The compressor is getting really hard to turn at the point in the 2nd pic. I've gone further than that, but it required me putting a ton of force on an 18" ratchet and still wasn't compressed enough.

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    I'm guessing that it's because you're not grabbing the same number of coils on both sides. That means the top set of clamps is effectively squeezing against a softer spring than the lower set is.

    Best to fairly generously lube the screw threads with grease or assembly lube.


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    In the second pic the leg with the yellow label should be moved up one rung towards the center of the spring, I think.
     
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    Yeah so in the second picture, the left is the top of the spring and right is the bottom. I can't really move the right arm any further towards the outside because it would bottom out on the strut and I won't be able to remove the compressor. Ditto for the left (top) side of the spring as well. If I move further towards the outside, then the compressor hook would get sandwiched between the top perch.

    I've tried grabbing the top side of the spring instead of the bottom, but there's no difference. I'm starting to think this is impossible without a proper shop spring compressor.
     
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    I've done it with the cheesoid rented spring compressor from AutoZone but it is kinda tricky to position and I had the benefit of an impact gun. When I did it the second time, I took it to a shop and let them do it. Cost me 20 bucks.
     
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    You're a brave man. The amount you'd have to crank that down is pretty scary. I give up and am just going to take this to a shop tomorrow.
     
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    Haha yeah, that’s why I let the pros handle it the second time. They’ll get you fixed up.
     
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    Second picture, move the arm with the yellow sticker up one coil and leave the other three where they are. That way, both sides of the tool will be grabbing two complete coils instead of one side getting two and the other side three like you have now. Make sure that the screw is midway between the two sides (not offset toward either side).


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    Just sit on them and lock the bolt just a bit and then put it in the strut tower and assemble the strut to the knuckle and compress it from bottom and tighten bolt.
     
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