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Has anyone found a reasonably easy way of pulling (and putting back) the exhaust springs. My 200# plus frame has a tough time getting enough pressure on them with a standard T handled spring puller.

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http://www.harborfreight.com/pick-and-hook-set-7-pc-69592.html

 

Big hook for exhaust springs, little hook for carb springs (actually, I put the springs on THEN put the throttle and choke arms on, and vis versa. much easier)

 

The other picks are useful for checking paint cracking by lightly digging in and seeing if it's just surface marks or something more serious. If it's just surface stuff, then just use nail polish to fill it back over.

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There must be some difference in these springs. There is no way I could use your method Anticept.

The chain or cable methods are worth a try, though.

Thanks.

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I use a 12" pair of needlenose pliers. I cut some small groves on the inside of both jaws to ensure a good grip on anything. I put the pliers in sideways on the spring so the handle is sticking straight out and then just use a little weight to push downward to either remove or install them. I have had several friends try this and most all did it without any issues. You are using more weight than muscle.

 I think the hooks may work well if you could get a straight pull on all the springs. I use a small set of needlenose pliers for the carb springs.

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A method I have used numerous times to install and remove springs is to take a tongue depressor and cut or break it into a bunch of pieces. Start at either end of the spring, and slip the pieces between each of the coils. This effectively lengthens the spring, usually to the point that it can be easily removed or installed. This also does not mar the spring as some tools can do.

Does not work for compression springs though.

 

Doug Hereford

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Clever with the tongue depressor pieces.

 

For compression springs, you can use a spring compressor, or for redneck engineering, use twine, zip ties, or ratchet straps :)

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That video is pretty much how I do it, but with chain and s-hooks.

 

Whatever works.

 

But my springs are a lot more robust than those in the video, or that fellow is a LOT stronger than me!

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I think Roger has told me that there have been two springs used. One much stronger than the other. Mine are real bears to remove. I also have them in places where a long screwdriver, by itself, would not fit. Thus the safety wire.

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I'm telling you a 12" pair of needlenose pliers works great. I'll try and remember to take a picture of mine tomorrow with the notches I cut in the jaws so no matter what I gripped nothing would slip. With these you can use your weight and no spring is up for that.

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Has anyone tried the spring install/remove tools used on the old automotive drum brakes?  Seems like that might work well.

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Here are pictures of my 12" needlenose pliers with the grooves cut in the jaws with my trusty Dremel tool cut-off blade. The grooves keep these from slipping. I use them for grabbing fire sleeve and or hose and exhaust springs. Grab the springs on the bottom so the needle nose stick out to the side of the engine and parallel to the floor. Now just squeeze them and lean on them with a little weight and the spring is either off or back on. If you have something you can grab straight on then that works too. These have been indispensable for hose changes.

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