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    I needed to double the length to hook it over where it needed to be... there was no way i could stretch it with pliers or a screwdriver etc so i used this little trick



    wedge washers, money or whatever in the spring to stretch it out. problem solved
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    or... you could buy a bigger one

    thats still pretty clever though
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    (Original post by didgeridoo12uk)
    or... you could buy a bigger one
    lol
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    (Original post by didgeridoo12uk)
    or... you could buy a bigger one

    thats still pretty clever though
    its the OEM part for the specific job. its as short as it is due to the range of movement and the tension needed
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    (Original post by crazyjoyce)
    its the OEM part for the specific job. its as short as it is due to the range of movement and the tension needed
    ah fair enough then. what's it being used for?
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    its a center stand spring for my motorbike. there's another spring that goes inside that one to hold it off the road

    the whole lot flew off when it touched down as i was cornering slightly fast!
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    its ideas like that which show Britains proud engineering/bodging heritage!!
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    That is ******* brilliant!

    My mates KTM has these really tough exhaust springs and they are a bitch to get on and off, that idea may save me some time and profanities!

    Thank you!
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    (Original post by gbduo)
    That is ******* brilliant!

    My mates KTM has these really tough exhaust springs and they are a bitch to get on and off, that idea may save me some time and profanities!

    Thank you!
    for exhaust springs you want one of these - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-MD-Exhaust...ht_1201wt_1167

    saves you ripping the skin off your knuckles every time you take the slip on off
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    (Original post by crazyjoyce)
    for exhaust springs you want one of these - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-MD-Exhaust...ht_1201wt_1167

    saves you ripping the skin off your knuckles every time you take the slip on off
    Cheers!
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    (Original post by crazyjoyce)
    wedge washers, money or whatever in the spring to stretch it out. problem solved
    Skoda stole your idea, they wedge spacers in the front coil springs of new cars to raise them a bit for transportation.

    How do I know? I hired a '10 plate from Europcar this weekend with 500 miles on the clock, the ride was bumpy as hell and when I looked underneath the spacers were still fitted. Someone at the supplying dealers is getting a **********!
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    (Original post by chazilton)
    Skoda stole your idea, they wedge spacers in the front coil springs of new cars to raise them a bit for transportation.

    How do I know? I hired a '10 plate from Europcar this weekend with 500 miles on the clock, the ride was bumpy as hell and when I looked underneath the spacers were still fitted. Someone at the supplying dealers is getting a **********!
    Yeh this is common practice at dealers, I know Honda do it as well and there have been many reports on the S2k forums where the stealer forgot to take out the spacers in the suspension! Never picked up in the PDI. Whoops!

    Of course the manufacturers don't wedge the spacers in, they are simply placed there to stop the spring compressing during transport across heavy seas...! They are not intended to stretch the spring, like what the OP was talking about
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    Use a pair of side cutters and brute force!

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