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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:13 pm 
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What is the best way and safest to reinstall coil on top of control arm. Most Coil compressors parts get in the way of putting it back on the vehicle. The Saab special tool looks great but I am in New Zealand so no chance of that. I am reinstalling the coil spring as the last owner bent the left top control arm.
Any advice help or tips would be much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:12 pm 
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Something like this will do the trick

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1000kg-Macph ... Swa2lZiXgn

Removing brake disk and unbolting top balljoint gives more room to work


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:40 am 
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Car Model: 1992 900 2.1
Where are you in NZ? I have had a couple of 900s that have had spring swaps here in Auckland.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:27 am 
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I'm in the market for a yoke-type compressor as we're hoping to do some work on Girlysaabfan's "Rusty" T7 project soon. This one looks interesting.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-1-TON-10 ... Swz3JaHpl8
Has anyone here tried that sort of thing on a C900 front spring? It looks like it would fit in the wheel-arch quite well.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:32 pm 
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BillJ wrote:
This one looks interesting.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-1-TON-10 ... Swz3JaHpl8
Has anyone here tried that sort of thing on a C900 front spring? It looks like it would fit in the wheel-arch quite well.

I've ordered one so we'll see how it goes.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:06 am 
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draken wrote:
Where are you in NZ? I have had a couple of 900s that have had spring swaps here in Auckland.


In Hamilton, so do you still have them & did you do them?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:09 am 
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BillJ wrote:
I'm in the market for a yoke-type compressor as we're hoping to do some work on Girlysaabfan's "Rusty" T7 project soon. This one looks interesting.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-1-TON-10 ... Swz3JaHpl8
Has anyone here tried that sort of thing on a C900 front spring? It looks like it would fit in the wheel-arch quite well.


After putting my post on I figured a way to do it with a compression tool.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:11 am 
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I've always done them with a couple of the hook-type compressors but it scares the *** out of me every time as I've found it impossible to get the compressors opposite each other.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:59 pm 
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Done another pair of springs this very week with the style i've mentioned above. No drama apart from a wasp wanting to offer an opinion :shock:


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:40 am 
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Not that far away then. I had it done by Hans at Saabspecs. I can't recommend him highly enough.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:08 pm 
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BillJ wrote:
BillJ wrote:
This one looks interesting.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-1-TON-10 ... Swz3JaHpl8
Has anyone here tried that sort of thing on a C900 front spring? It looks like it would fit in the wheel-arch quite well.

I've ordered one so we'll see how it goes.


Thank You :D


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:12 pm 
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draken wrote:
Not that far away then. I had it done by Hans at Saabspecs. I can't recommend him highly enough.


Yeah have met him, no longer doing much Saab stuff works for Audi garage. Have done them now
by compressing from 1st or second coil down and compressing to 27 cm. Thanks for help


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:12 pm 
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BillJ wrote:
BillJ wrote:
This one looks interesting.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-1-TON-10 ... Swz3JaHpl8
Has anyone here tried that sort of thing on a C900 front spring? It looks like it would fit in the wheel-arch quite well.

I've ordered one so we'll see how it goes.

I've just tried it out. The smaller set of jaws is just a bit too small. The large jaws would fit the spring but are hard to get into the gap in the suspension tower. Then the ram doesn't compress far enough to get the jaws onto the coils. There is only about 3" of stroke and no adjustment so you have to adjust it by using up some of the stroke. I can't see how it could be made to work on a 900, let alone other cars, so I think it'll be going back.

Meanwhile I need to get hold of another one sharpish since we're doing work on the T7 this weekend. People seem to have had success with the screw-type compressors like Mr. Haynes posted above.
Mr. Haynes, have you used that particular compressor on the 900? Otherwise, I remember a previous thread where someone recommended one they had used.
Doh!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:27 pm 
This thread perhaps?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:44 pm 
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Yes, that was the one. Reading it now, it looks like only Mr. Haynes has used them on a 900 but if they worked fine for him then they should be OK.
Did you get a set in the end, Melle, or did you not bother since they won't fit a 96?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:05 pm 
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Done four fronts recently on 900's, much easier and safer than the traditional jobbies. The middle size jaws fit fine as long as there are no covers on them.
Also used on struts when not had workshop machine handy


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