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    Default wtb good valve spring compressor?

    I've got the Harbor Freight special but it's not such a great tool... haven't been able to make it compress enough yet.

    Any recommendations on a good spring compressor type or brand for an M30?

    Thanks!!

    - Robin
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    this one is just like mine and it works great http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Snap-...92608332QQrdZ1
    on m20s m30s m50s.......even does the bitch ass volvo springs with a adapter i made
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    mine is very similar but has serious probs with springs with #350 seat pressure.
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    Sears sells one similar to the Snap On/Ebay link above for like $25. I've got one that looks just like that, made by KD I think- works fine on all SOHC BMW heads I've used it on.


    Bret.


    EDIT: searched sears.com and found these:


    This is the one I have- bought it used for like $30.
    http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...TOOL&ihtoken=1


    This is the cheaper one I mentioned- should work fine for occasional use.

    http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...seBVCookie=Yes

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    Thanks guys, that's just what I needed to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by winfred View Post
    this one is just like mine and it works great http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Snap-...92608332QQrdZ1
    on m20s m30s m50s.......even does the bitch ass volvo springs with a adapter i made
    could you find another picture of the vavle spring compressor you are using on a M20. I'm looking for one, but can't decide which one to buy. thx

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    I have this one from Germany for the M70 engine for example
    http://werkzeug-tools.com/catalog/images/k_1781.jpg

    http://xxl-automotive.de/index.php?p...uct=2797&cat=#
    Ventilfeder - Spanner/Spannapparat für OHV-Ventilfedern
    Art.: s1781 Ventilfeder - Spanner/Spannapparat für OHV-Ventilfedern
    Länge 320mm

    translation: valve spring compressor for OHV springs.
    Length 320 mm

    I still have 5 on stock in Japan, as I bought 10 sets from Germany.

    Works the same principle as the Midlock tool here
    http://bmwe32.masscom.net/sean750/Va...eplacement.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin-535im View Post
    I've got the Harbor Freight special but it's not such a great tool... haven't been able to make it compress enough yet.

    Any recommendations on a good spring compressor type or brand for an M30?

    Thanks!!

    - Robin
    I have a Draper thats designed for recessed valves like the M50. Main things I like about it are that you can unlock either end and it has nice big 'windows' you can get your fingers through to get at the collets! Speaking of collets, hope you freed them off with a good whack or you are going to bend any compressor you use. Or smack your knuckles if/when they do give. Dont wish to teach my grandmother etc but a little bit of grease holds them in place when you reassemble.

    Edit: Link for Draper valve spring compressor:
    http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/55mm-17...aper-VSC4?sc=9
    Last edited by whiskychaser; 09-09-2008 at 11:40 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shogun View Post
    nice read. thx. there are like many choices on ebay UK








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