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  1. Novice Suspension overhaul. I though this post might be useful to those like me who are starting their journey of TR ownership. Apologies to the better informed ! I had wanted to replace the front springs and shock absorbers for a while and had been very nervous about tackling the job having read numerous posts regarding the dangers of a compressed spring. Contributors had given details regarding making a spring compressor with a length of threaded bar and fittings. Given the possible outcome if this wasn't constructed correctly I was still rather nervous about the operation and making the tool myself. I did a bit of research and came across a video by Dr-Doolin ( search TR6 spring compressor ).The video is very informative and my confidence was beginning to grow. The tool apart from lock nuts and safety pin has four holes in the plate that locate over the studs in the lower spring pan.The spring compressors offered by the major suppliers are similar but are just flat plates, perfectly adequate I'm sure but I did say I was a novice and any element to reduce the risk was a positive. Unfortunately Dooling do not have a UK distributor so heck I ordered one from Canada. Working slowly and having watched the video several times the work was completed without mishap. Couple of tips for novices like me. The new shock absorber appears too short when assembled with the new bushes and don't protrude through the upper spring socket enough. Problem solved by putting a trolley jack with a block of wood under the bottom trunnion and compress the suspension. The easiest way I found was to get the lower bushes into the shock absorber was to lubricate and and push in with a vice. P.S You experienced guys are right it is a very simple tool and fairly easy to make, however as I hope I won't be using the compressor for a while if anyone is local and looking for one to borrow, give me a call.
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