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Old 04-06-2008, 11:40 AM   #1
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Question Valve spring compressor tool

I need a valve spring compressor tool to get my valves out of a 2.0L wrx. The heads are off the block and i need to get these out so i can send my heads to the machine shop. What tool and where do i buy this at? I got a loaner from autozone but it wont work with the way these heads are setup.

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Old 04-06-2008, 12:02 PM   #2
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get one that reaches around the head. such as, one side fits on the valve face, there is a large arm that reaches around with a sort of lever, and the other side fits on the the retainer. I bought a crappy one that fits in your hand and had to mess with it to get it to work. get the reach-around! yes, I'm aware of that connotation...or is it denotation?
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:58 PM   #3
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nevermind i got them out using my grandpas old method. i remembered. Im not reusing the valvetrain so i put a socket on the top by the keepers on an extension smack the extension with a hammer and voila the keepers pop out releasing the spring.
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:14 PM   #4
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nevermind i got them out using my grandpas old method. i remembered. Im not reusing the valvetrain so i put a socket on the top by the keepers on an extension smack the extension with a hammer and voila the keepers pop out releasing the spring.


That's good. How do you plan on getting the new stuff back in?
I rented one from Checker that reached around, but I had to take a piece of 3/4" PVC sprinkler pipe, and cut the flared end off (about 2 inches). I then cut through the piece lengthwise and took about 1/4 of the side off. It fit perfecty snug in the tool, and then I had an opening to work with getting the valve keepers in/out.
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:28 PM   #5
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not worried about that at the moment the heads are going to be dipped and ported so i wil take care of that later.
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:31 PM   #6
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Old 04-23-2008, 03:07 PM   #7
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I had a reach around tool for working on v8's and used some conduit and made a extension that bolts on the spring tool and it works great. I think it is 1 inch conduit. I cut four small rings (about 3/8 wide) and then cut two of them in half and then welded the halves on the outside of the other two rings with about 1/8 hanging over the edge. That made a cup that fits the retainer real tight. Then I took two straps about 2 1/2 long x 1/2 wide about 1/8 thick, and welded the straps inside the rings on each side, that makes the opening to get to the keepers. Then I welded a washer on the other end of the straps to bolt it to the tool. Look at a factory made tool and copy it.
Whatever you do don't use a tool that will scratch the inside of the bore for the buckets.

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Old 04-23-2008, 04:22 PM   #8
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use to use one of the arm ones...then went to a blue point, rail/fulcrum one....now I usea peterson valve and guide machine with locking press...
basically a drill press that locks into place
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:05 PM   #9
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bought one from sears for ~25 bucks.
i use 22mm 1/2 socket to put the valve keeper
back on with hemostats..
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OTC tools. Part no. OTC 4572.........ebay

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Old 04-23-2008, 10:21 PM   #11
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^^^ That looks similar to what I made using a bigasz C-clamp and a small length of broomstick with the end hogged out to allow me to place/remove the keepers.

I tried PVC tubing but once I get grease on my fingers or on the retainers....it eventually finds it's way to the bottom of the tool and slides around too much. The wood seems to work pretty good, but isn't the most robust once the end is hogged out.

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Old 04-29-2008, 04:22 AM   #12
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Has anyone seen a compressor that uses a gear drive system instead of the more common lever type.
I have seen a picture of one but have never been able to find a manufacturer.
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