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Valve Spring Compressors (5 replies)

Bruce
12 years ago
Bruce 12 years ago
Bruce
12 years ago
Bruce 12 years ago

While struggling to put my valves back in the head I could help asking myself why I had not dumped the valve spring compressor and bought something that actually worked . So now having made the decision to replace it i need to know from you all - Who sells the best valve spring compressor , how much and where can i get it .
Mine is a pressed steel version similar to the one in the mini spares . The problem is that the distance between the adjustable fork and the rotating pad on the linkage is too big such that it starts to buckle as the spring is compressed. Also I have to use a socket on the valve . Then I find the the lever ratio is too short and hence I cant compress the spring- too much load . I end up using the socket then with a slight compression continue to wind in the pad to compress the spring all the time trying to stop the whole assembly buckling- madness:(. I guess I want something like a forged steel version similar to a G clamp. Where do I get it ?Thanks in advance Bruce

Graham Bichard
12 years ago
Graham Bichard 12 years ago

I used the smaller size available from Halfords - the first one I bought went ping! The second one I exchanged it for is still going strong, so I guess the first was just a bad'un! You do still need a bit of strength to get the lever over centre, but if it was necessary I'm sure you could rig up an extension piece on the lever.
If you've got a trade card, they're quite reasonably priced too!

Miniholic
12 years ago
Miniholic 12 years ago

I have a sykes pickavant one. Can't compare to any others as its the only one I have used, but its quite sturdy and there was no flex when fitting the uprated double valve springs that came with a Kent cam kit.

AMS
12 years ago
AMS 12 years ago

I use a Sykes Pickavant version with no probs as well.:)

Bruce
12 years ago
Bruce 12 years ago

Sykes Pickavant- Mine twists !!

[quote=AMS;92310]I use a Sykes Pickavant version with no probs as well.:)[/quote]
Hello all - thanks for all the replies . I'm surprisedthat you recommend the Sykes Pickavant as thats the same item that i have . Mine twists as load is applied . In its free state the two ends are out alignment . You may say that I should just replace it but in my view it has no lateral stiffness hence the serch for a btter version. I though I would show you the compressor in operation . Note that in one view I have shown the socket as there is insufficient travel on the thread to compress the springs. and as you can see its dicey if case the whole lot springs out . So where is the forged version ? - not one of the riveted plate steel items that I already have :confused:. Comments please Regards Bruce:cool:

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