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Old 07-09-2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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Default Front coil spring removal

Is it possible to remove the front coil springs from a 1996 Mustang without removing the upper A-arm?

The way the spring looks tucked up into the shock tower it looks to me like even with a spring compressor there will not be enough room to get the old spring out.

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Old 07-09-2010, 07:37 PM   #2
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It will come out. If you had to, I would remove the spring perch before the UCA.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:37 PM   #3
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I can't say for a '66 (that's what I'm assuming you meant). My '68 springs came out easily using an OEM brand compressor. I bought mine but I believe AutoZone gives them out as loaners. It may look tight but the springs compress quite a bit.
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Old 07-09-2010, 08:30 PM   #4
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You've got to take off the outer shock tower to get the spring out.
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Outer shock tower out, spring gone, UCA still on.
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Once you get the outer shock tower off the spring compressor will fit inside fine and you can get the spring out safely with a spring compressor, just DON'T use a cheap compressor. If you can't buy one go and rent or barrow one from a garage or Auto Zone. I borrowed one from a a local store for $5 and I will barrow it again when I put them back in.

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Old 07-09-2010, 08:32 PM   #5
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It will come out. If you had to, I would remove the spring perch before the UCA.
You've still got to take the spring out before you take out the spring perch as the spring sits on the perch.

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Old 07-09-2010, 08:53 PM   #6
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I can easily remove the perch while spring is still in, if compressed (can't think of a reason why I would have to though) and I have never had to remove the outer shock tower to remove the spring.
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It is a lot easier if you do remove the outer tower though.

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I didn't have to remove the outer tower, nor did I remove the perch. Then again, perhaps the '68 is different.
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i just replaced my springs on my 65. I took the outer shock tower off and removed the spring perches by removing the bolts with a grinder to get the clearance i needed. But i have seen it done with out doing any of that, it all depends on the compressor you use. The one i had wouldn't compress the spring enough due to the stud of the compressor hitting the spring perch. I later solved this problem with making a spacer for the compressor so i can compress the spring completely.
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If you use the proper, safe tools you really need to remove the upper arm. It's two bolts, might take an extra 5 minutes. Small price to pay for your safety.

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