Removing coil spring

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  1. MP81

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    It was the lower ball joint holding the control arm in place, despite being popped loose. Once I lifted the spindle up and off the ball joint, the control arm was able to drop all the way down.

    That spring, with chain around it, mostly decompressed, popped out real good when I kicked the control arm all the way down to remove the last little bit of compression. I was glad I had the chain. It wouldn't have done any damage to me or the car, but it wouldn't have felt good if it hit me.
     
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    Normally if i don't plan on re-using the spring I leave everything in place and just cut the spring with a grinder> spring is not going anywhere. When i worked for a u pull it yard years ago we just torched the spring in half, made life a lot easier.
     
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    I drop them at the control arm bushings without a spring compressor.
     
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    I can't believe all this over getting a spring out especially if you are going to replace it with a new one. Just get a cutting torch and cut the sucker out, done over in less than a minute. Just go to and junk yard in the LA area and see how they do it. They are cave men but fast cave men. Year ago I bought a 350 small block from them and I said how do I know It's any good? And they said one momento and then they started it right there in the dirt and were revving it and the dirt was flying all around, and the motor was rocking around on the ground in the dirt.
     
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    I got the spring out two months ago.
     
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    Lol! On a side note dropping them from the inside is way easier with a hoist but I've done a couple hundred sets. Retired mechanic.
     
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    Odds are once you get a look at those bushings you're going to be replacing them.
     
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    I replaced the control arms with GW tubulars - those bushings were toast.
     
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    Some of the aftermarkets you'll never get the spring back in without a spring compressor.
     

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