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Most dangerous thing I've done in my garage?

I don't know why I was so damn intimidated by this rig. It must be all of the horror stories I've heard about guys mangeling their fingers while working with compressors on thier coilover Jeeps.

The Tiger comes off the island sprung for little girls....and I'm not a little girl. The new (old) spring came off a '97 CBR XX. It has permitted me to go from MAX preload to MIN and also dial out almost all of the excess damping I had plumbed in to help the over-worked spring that was in there. This is going to help alot when I get this girl back into the hills.

Most people over on Tiger1050.com agree that anyone over 170lbs will find the new Tigers under-sprung. I may be down to 245 now but will be back to 265 quickly once I get off the cardio kick and back to the weights.






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Had to do the front struts on my dads 04 toyota tacoma.... had to compress them a good 4 inches before they became loose... those were some HAIR RAISING MINUTES!

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It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of wiring a "simple" motorcycle has.

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The only dangerous part looks to be the hose clamps, yikes!

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The only dangerous part looks to be the hose clamps, yikes!
+1! That is a darwinian award winning setup. Who recommended that?!

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Next time, load up the truck and head down. I have a 20ton hydraulic press that is just a smidge safer than your setup!

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I had a spring compressor come off the 620lb springs I was installing on my 69 mustang one time, the spring clipped my left thumd as it rocketed across the garage floor, I was afraid to even look at my thumb thinking it was probably laying somewhere on the other side of the garage with the little coily rocket ship. Spring compressors scare the bejeebers out of me.


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+1! That is a darwinian award winning setup. Who recommended that?!
Those were used to disassemble the XX shock which required zero compression to unscrew the preload dials. The clamps simply speed up the process and had very little load on them, literally 2 or 3 turns past hand tight on the screws. Using the actual compressors on the tiger shock (for both springs) was the real pain.

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Those were used to disassemble the XX shock which required zero compression to unscrew the preload dials. The clamps simply speed up the process and had very little load on them, literally 2 or 3 turns past hand tight on the screws. Using the actual compressors on the tiger shock (for both springs) was the real pain.
Ahh you just posted that pix to see if we were paying attention.
Doing my cage's struts I couldn't compress it them enough with a custom tool (spring too small) so took it to a shop with a press, best money I ever spent.

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The spring compressor i got at the auto parts store for my dads tacoma was actually pretty nice, instead of having hooks it had 2 u bolts that went around the spring and got bolted on to the bracket that a big ole bolt n nut ran through. Twaz unnerving to see those big bolts slightly bent during the process.

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