C-Clamp as a Valve Spring Compressor


6 replies to this topic
  • swaldrop

Posted June 08, 2008 - 04:06 PM

#1

I looked around TT and found some vague info about how to get by without a real-deal valve spring compressor, but was unsuccessful in finding out how to do it exactly.

I have a c-clamp that will fit around the head nicely, but getting the spring down while exposing the keepers is a little tricky. Any brilliant ideas out there from anyone who has done it?

Thanks in advance

  • grayracer513

Posted June 08, 2008 - 05:07 PM

#2

Find a piece of PVC pipe or fitting that fits down into the lifter bores, but will also bear against the spring retainer. Cut out the front of the tube so you can access the keepers, and use it with the clamp to compress the spring. This setup is "workable" but awkward at best, and you should have an extra set of hands to help hold things together.

  • YZ125 DR650

Posted June 08, 2008 - 11:24 PM

#3

also be sure to have a magnet or small needle nose pliers to grab the keepers. I prefer the magnet

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  • grayracer513

Posted June 09, 2008 - 08:29 AM

#4

Getting them out is easy. The fun is in putting them back.

  • swaldrop

Posted June 09, 2008 - 08:34 AM

#5

Getting them out is easy. The fun is in putting them back.


Well, easy is relative as I have yet to get them out. I think I'll just order the 'right tool for the right job' and be done with it. Thanks for the tips though.

  • 02WR426Cali

Posted June 09, 2008 - 11:59 AM

#6

You can buy a TUSK valve spring compressor tool from Rockymountainatv.com for $35. It's a good cheap investment and I've read that it is a quality tool. I am going to get one when I need to work on my head (if that ever happens).

  • Markopolo400

Posted June 09, 2008 - 05:09 PM

#7

You can buy a TUSK valve spring compressor tool from Rockymountainatv.com for $35. It's a good cheap investment and I've read that it is a quality tool. I am going to get one when I need to work on my head (if that ever happens).


I have one and I highly recommend it. It's very simple, easy to use, and make working on the valves super easy.





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