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Old 05-21-2015, 03:40 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Jamie65 View Post
Use this safe method from other posts and save your hands and fingers.

Replacing HWH Spring
A very good method, for sure. I have to spread the spring about 3" or so to get the hooks to attach on both springs.

I don't have a vise to perform the one method posted earlier, so I was toying with a ratchet strap method to spread the coils and insert the wood shims.

I also looked at spring compressors that could be rented or bought and just flip the curved coil fingers to spread instead of compress.

The method you posted is a variation of that and I really think it may be the safest. I do think that I will go with a shorter threaded rod configuration and insert the angle stock pieces at one end and no further than 2/3 the spring length. This may make the removal of the tool easier.

Also, I now have a tool to use over at some other time.


I'm going to do it this weekend and I'll take pictures...

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Old 05-27-2015, 04:21 PM   #16
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Well, I was able to build the spring expander tool and get all four springs replaced on the front lift jacks.

This is without a doubt the best and easiest way to perform the replacement.

My coach has the type of system where the foot of the jack just falls off the ram when the springs are removed. So, I needed to buy parts to construct two spring expanding tools to make this job a snap. Once the springs are expanded to the correct length, I just hooked one spring end on the foot and then the other so the foot hung about 1/2" from the ram. Got into the coach, turned the system on and hit the down lever on the front rams and the ram met the foot and the tool fell right off.

Now, I did use a cut off wheel on my drill motor to cut the old spring hook off on one of the springs and went from there. With the springs in the stowed position, I did have a little bit of stored energy that flung the little hook a bit when cut. But, use safety glasses or any other precaution and you should be good.

Very nice result.

I'm ordering the rear springs asap and should be able to knock that job out in a couple hours, tops.

Thanks very much to all for the great ideas...

I will post pictures later, as my cell is almost dead and I don't have the power to upload them to photobucket.

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Here's the picture of the tool after expanding the spring to the length I needed.

My only tip would be to add nuts to the ends of the bars to contain all the parts together. If you don't, you may risk losing nuts/washers in the dirt or grass.

Also, the nut on the end serves to lock the bar in place while you expand the spring with a wrench. That was a big help for me, so I didn't have to hold the bar with my fingers.

Oh, another tip is to just use a hammer to pound the angle iron between the coils. Worked like a charm...


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