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#1 C & T Powersports

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 11:32 AM

After seeing a little interest in homemade spring pullers, I thought it would be helpful to share how I my first one.

 For those of you who have never pushed a spring into place vs. pulling.....you need to try it. Pushing (in certain applications) works so much easier. The newer sleds have a lot less room and the muffler springs on the xp,xs etc., including the 850 are easier to install when you have a puller with a notch for pushing.

 A shoe string, vise grips,needle nose etc. are all good for removing but reinstalling is where the "push" makes a big difference.

Here are a few tips to make your own:

 

The  most important part is the length. The longer the better due to increased leverage and reach.

3/8 diameter round stock 15 inches or longer.

Use a grinder or belt sander to taper the end (like a screw driver) 

You want the very end to be 1/8 to 3/16 thick when done.

Drill a hole at the very end and one on the side using a 9/64 or 1/8 drill bit.

The hole on the edge would be approx. 5/16 in. down from the tip.

After drilling both holes, use a cut off wheel or a hacksaw to complete the hole openings.

Cut the material out at an angle for the hole on the side same angle as the red lines in pic. below.

Once your holes are finished, grind the tip on both left and right sides (blue lines) to create an angle to reduce the tip width for tight areas around the exhaust springs.

 A  T handle offers much better pulling/pushing leverage vs. a screwdriver handle but if you have no access to a welder, just start with a piece of round stock that is 20 in. long and heat with a propane torch (3-4 min) and bend into an L shape 4 in. long for the handle.

 The very bottom pic. is a puller that I made many years ago using a belt sander and a hand drill. It's side hole is worn bigger, but still works great.

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 07:42 PM

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 07:45 PM

I find a rubber screwdriver handle way better for all applications vs a t handle



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 07:49 PM

I find a rubber screwdriver handle way better for all applications vs a t handle

Not me, but we are all different, so it goes.



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 08:18 AM

Not me, but we are all different, so it goes.


T-handle for the win👍

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 10:21 AM

What a guy, Chris giving away his hard earned skills. Just buy one from Chris and you will thank him later.



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 11:25 AM

First, a thick pair of leather gloves. Any tool can slip, spring can break. All that force unloads now rocketing your fingers to a sharp exhaust seam or other unpleasant impact point. I found out the hard way on an old Summit one night. 

 

Chris' spring tool works great, like all of his stuff. I also use 2 others, depending on where the spring is:  

 

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 11:26 AM

that's what is so great about this site, people give good info for free all the time



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 12:46 PM

I have one of Chris' spring pullers and it is in the seat trunk of my sled everyday just in case the Chain case needs adjustment.
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Posted 12 June 2017 - 12:58 PM

Have a couple of sets of Chris's CT tools spring tool!  Now if we could only get him to make one about 20 to 22 inches long.  ha ha.. seems like one is never long enough.  Have the 15 and 18 inch ones.  



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Posted 12 June 2017 - 01:52 PM

First, a thick pair of leather gloves. Any tool can slip, spring can break. All that force unloads now rocketing your fingers to a sharp exhaust seam or other unpleasant impact point. I found out the hard way on an old Summit one night. 

 

Chris' spring tool works great, like all of his stuff. I also use 2 others, depending on where the spring is:  

 

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 08:46 AM

CT's tool was too expensive to ship to Canada, so I got a Woody's.


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Posted 13 June 2017 - 01:16 PM

In a pinch u can use a shoelace.



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Posted 13 June 2017 - 05:51 PM

Coat hanger and a pair of lineman pliers work great. Just a little hook on the end. That inside one on the silencer is a nasty one at times
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 02:49 PM

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