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So I was taking off my exhaust the other day and I don't have a spring tool. After some thought I figured out a great way to get them off safely without damaging them.

string trimmer line and leather gloves!

just get a 3-4' section of string trimmer line, feed it through the hook on the spring. Now wrap the string around your hand so that it doesn't slip through. You can then pull on the spring with one hand and guide it off with your free hand. The trimmer line is very tough and held up great for me.

I have used pliers and screwdrivers before but that is dangerous (slip and hurt yourself or sled) and also damages the springs. This worked MUCH better and was quite easy.
 

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Sounds like a good idea, ive always used a nail bent into a hook with the head squeezed into a pair of vise grips as my exh spring remover tool. String trimmer line sounds like it may be a little safer.
 

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Im well aware they make a spring removal tool at a reasonable price to. For me the idea of coming up with my own way to remove them was more less just a i don't have one already and i need my exhaust off now. No time to wait for shipping on the tool.
 

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dont forget to put a line of silicone on your spring after you install it [thumb]
 

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i usually use tie wire. same princaple just another option
 

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Bmxican said:
dont forget to put a line of silicone on your spring after you install it [thumb]
What for?
 

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Bmxican said:
dont forget to put a line of silicone on your spring after you install it [thumb]
Im curious about this. I have not heard of that before. Whats the reason for silicone?

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helps reduce the vibration on the springs making them last longer
 

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i just took a broken screw driver. heated it up with the torch flatened it a little bit and bent it for the hook. but this sounds like a good idea too. way faster
 

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littlemel said:
Bmxican said:
dont forget to put a line of silicone on your spring after you install it [thumb]
What for?
decreases the amount of vibration passed through the spring. supersonic vibrations. stuff that makes bolts loose after time.




MuscleD said:
I just grab them with my hands and pull.
no you don't.
 

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MuscleD said:
I just grab them with my hands and pull.
You have bionic grip if you do. I highly doubt you can.
 

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or maybe his springs are sprung, are too long and can be taken off easy:p
 

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shadetree was advertising the same springs from polaris in their catalogue, my uncle went there on his way back home one day to pick some up, the guy handed him a piece of wire that looked like it got wrapped around a pencil and said here you are. he said he could bend them in half with one hand so they were useless. i dont understand why a company would try to sell junk like that.
 

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I use these...



http://www.harborfreight.com/spring-hook-95757.html And I usually give one to everyone who's sled I work on.
 
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