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Front spring removal from shock

For my '99 LT, I bought new Hyper Pro front and rear springs and easily swapped out the rear. I rented their spring compression tool. It came with adapters. I can't figure out how to remove the front spring using adapter. The round adapter compresses both the spring and the top cap of the shock assembly so I can't get the cap off to release the spring. I checked with Hyper Pro and they said to compress and remove the spring from the bottom, but that doesn't make any sense to me. Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 16 Old Dec 5th, 2014, 4:42 pm
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If you compress spring there is a ring at the top of the spring with an opening it will come off the shaftso spring goes off top
There is a small ring that bottom spring seat sits on if you remove it spring etc will slide off bottom
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Thanks. I literally just got back from figuring that out on my own. But you are exactly right. What confused me was that to remove the rear spring, you compress it from the top. To remove the front spring, you compress it from the bottom. Those pesky German engineers strike again!

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Here's a photo of that clip that needs to be revealed, then removed in order to remove the front spring from the shock.
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Great info. I am getting ready to do this job myself. Need to source a spring compressor as well. The one you show looks pretty specialized compared to the finger type I have used in the past.

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Great info. I am getting ready to do this job myself. Need to source a spring compressor as well. The one you show looks pretty specialized compared to the finger type I have used in the past.
I replaced the OEM front and rear springs on my LT with the HyperPros. I took the easy way out, and took the shocks off the bike, and to a local tire shop to swap the springs. $40 later, they had them done!

I had to call around a bit to find a shop that could do it; Big O Tires did it for me.

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I had to call around a bit to find a shop that could do it; Big O Tires did it for me.
I'll have to talk to Les Schwab and see if they will do it. Not many choices in our small town here in the Olympic Peninsula.

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The folks at Hyper Pro will rent you the spring compressor tool and adapters for $20. That's the one shown in my photo. Worked like a champ.

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The folks at Hyper Pro will rent you the spring compressor tool and adapters for $20.
Thought they told me $30 and return shipping when I ordered the springs. I wasn't ready to change the springs out at that time though.

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Klaus sent me an email saying it was $20. When I talked (on the phone) with Dee at the office, she said it was $30. I sent her a copy of Klaus' email, and they charged me $20. Either way, it was a great tool to use, although their printed instructions were lacking in clarity.

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Klaus sent me an email saying it was $20. When I talked (on the phone) with Dee at the office, she said it was $30.
That makes perfect sense to me know since I didn't ask Klaus about it. Dee mentioned they had a compressor they rent out for $30 plus return shipping (I am assuming I would also need to pay shipping to me since it isn't being rented with the shipping of the springs now.)

Do you know if it will fit in a USPS Flat Rate Box? I've been getting nailed on shipping charges lately. Go to the shipping place with something I think will be $10 - $15 to ship and find out it is about double! Don't know if the difference is I used to live in WI and now I live in WA so some shipping distances are further.

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I received the springs and the compressor tool in the same box. I saved the box and used it to re-send the tool back. It's too big for any of the flat rate USPS boxes. I sent it "priority 2-day" and it only cost $10.15. I told the guy behind the counter to send it "the least expensive way possible" and that's what he came up with.

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Re: Front spring removal from shock

For those that don't want to rent the spring tool there is a drawing in the Technical files section titled LT special tools. Included in that pdf file is a drawing for a spring compressor.

http://www.bmwlt.com/files/albums/us...LT%20Tools.pdf

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[QUOTE=BMWCharlie;1170561I sent it "priority 2-day" and it only cost $10.15. [/QUOTE]

Thanks for the info Charlie. I am assuming I would also need to pay for shipping to get it here since it is not shipping with the springs. I may look at what materials will run me to make my own per the drawing. Will have a little time invested to make it but then I have it. Other option is to see if I can borrow a finger style compressor. Dee did say a finger style would work but may scratch the paint of the HyperPro springs. I wondered if a few rounds of electrical tape on the coil where the finger makes contact would protect it.

The compressor from HyperPro looks like a much more simple pattern than the one posted. I've never had the shocks off so I don't know the purpose of the cutout section off the circle pattern on the pattern posted. HyperPro just looks like a holesaw and drill would be needed.

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Thanks for the info Charlie. I am assuming I would also need to pay for shipping to get it here since it is not shipping with the springs. I may look at what materials will run me to make my own per the drawing. Will have a little time invested to make it but then I have it. Other option is to see if I can borrow a finger style compressor. Dee did say a finger style would work but may scratch the paint of the HyperPro springs. I wondered if a few rounds of electrical tape on the coil where the finger makes contact would protect it.

The compressor from HyperPro looks like a much more simple pattern than the one posted. I've never had the shocks off so I don't know the purpose of the cutout section off the circle pattern on the pattern posted. HyperPro just looks like a holesaw and drill would be needed.
The cutout is to clear the hydraulic fitting for the preload adjuster at the top of the rear shock.

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From the picture posted of the rental from HyperPro, is there a different plate for the rear than the front?

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