Originally Posted by the suicidal eggroll
What EWG is this? I've never had that problem with my Tial 44mm
Anyway, swapping springs started to become such a PITA on mine (since like you said, you have to basically stand on the EWG to compress it enough to start the bolts), that I just bought a bunch of bolts from McMaster that were the right thread pattern, all different lengths. The longest ones are about 5" long and can thread without compressing the springs at all. Those let me compress it about an inch, then I swap out three of them for ones that are an inch shorter, they let me compress it another inch, etc. After about 5 steps I'm able to swap in the final bolts that can seal it up all the way.
It takes a little bit of time swapping bolts in and out as the EWG compresses more and more, but it's much less fist-through-the-wall inducing than trying to do it "normally".
I've used a drill press(no bit) to compress the EWG and BOV when putting them together and taking em apart. Works good