pipe springs how to get them on!?!

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hey guys
might sound like an easy Q but Ive never done it..how do i attach my springs from the pipe to the cylinder?? jus use some muscle like stretch armstrong?
cheers!
 
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long screwdriver will give you the leverage to really move it over to its place. Everytime I use pliers, I end up almost eating away at the hook for as many times as it slips out of my grasp.
 
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I use needle nose pliers but if that don't work for you take a wire and loop it around the spring hook take both ends of the wire and wrap it around the shaft of a screwdriver and then just pull like a T-handle. Hook spring remove wire.
 
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I take a short length of wire, tie one end off to the spring and the other I wrap around a screwdriver. Then, I just pull the spring on. I use the same process in reverse to remove the spring.
 

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Spring puller from RockyMountainMC.com. Best $3 I ever spent.
 

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vice grips here also, everytime I try to use needle nose or a screw driver I end up losing skin off my knuckles or forearm.
 

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76GMC1500 said:
I take a short length of wire, tie one end off to the spring and the other I wrap around a screwdriver. Then, I just pull the spring on. I use the same process in reverse to remove the spring.
What kind of wire are you using, I just cant see how this works easily? I assume you are connecting the wire to the spring at the opposite end of where its going to connect to the head?
 
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Clutch Cable & Vise Grips

I have a short (12") piece of nice thick clutch cable kinked in the middle such that it folds in half with a tight loop. I run the wire under the spring hook-end, pull it taut and grab both ends up close to the loop... clip the vise grips onto the cables without totally crushing it and I have formed a huge handle that I can easily leverage against the pipe (guarded by my hand) to pull the spring hook clear of the pipe loop. You only have to move the spring about 1/4" to get it off and maybe 1/2" to get it back on.

They make wonderful tools called spring hooks for a reason... they work. I like that the cable method because it gets me right up near the spring and no in-line high tension 6" to 9" away at the spring hook handle from pulling straight out the spring tools provide. My way keeps the drama to a minimum if the spring breaks while under tool tension. That and I just have to do things my way...