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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-21-2019, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendation on valve spring tool

Need to install new valve seals on a 289. Don't want to pull the heads so have the air hose and seals on order. What I don't find is a good spring tool that will work with the heads still on the block. Looking for a recommendation on one that won't break the bank and still works. Thanks in advance.
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For stock springs this one isn't bad.
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^^^ Tool above. Autozone rents it out so you can try it for free. I tried it on my heads that where off and I could not get that tool to work worth a darn. I ended up buying this:

https://www.autozone.com/test-scan-a...sor/525533_0_0

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I actually can't find a pic of mine, easy peasy prybar that takes the place of the rocker arm, and prys straight down on the retainer, very fast.
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I have used this types.
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/wmr-w84002/overview/
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/oes-25064/overview/
just slip a piece of vacum hose over the stud to protect the threads.
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There are a number of homemade VS compressors on YouTube.

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I've used the kind Redneck posted a picture of above for years and years. Not really the best nor the quickest but it's the first one I grab in situations like yours. I've actually worn out one of these tools and had to buy a replacement. I like that it holds the spring once it's cranked down. The lever types are easy and quick if everything goes exactly as it's supposed to but if a keeper sticks or something you about need a third hand. Likewise if you have trouble fiddling the keepers back in upon reassembly. I have some other tools for this that I've bought to try. Other than the big C-clamp one I use when heads are off, they're dusty and even a little rusty. A totally different story on OHC engines but that's irrelevant here.
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Thanks all - most appreciated !
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Isn't there one where you stuff a nylon rope in through the spark plug hole to hold the valve up whilst replacing seals/keepers?



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I bought one at HF, its similar to the AZ one.

I couldnt get it to work, the jaws kept slipping off.

I put a hose clamp around it before I started compressing the spring, to prevent the jaws from slipping out.

Works like a champ, but isnt quick.


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I also have the one redneck posted. I think I bought mine off Amazon. Works well enough.

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Isn't there one where you stuff a nylon rope in through the spark plug hole to hold the valve up whilst replacing seals/keepers?
That's one way to keep the valve from falling into the cylinder when you take the keepers off but we still need to compress the valve spring before we can get at those keepers. That's what the one-trick-pony tools under discussion here do.
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X4 on the crappy one from autozone and harbor freight..
Not worth 2 cents.

Iíd try that pry one linked from summit.


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The prybar one works fine. Better than the screw one with the hooks.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/s...SABEgLFGvD_BwE

That one works well too, and it pushes straight down on the spring. The pry one can angle the spring a bit, enough to make getting the keeper in a challenge on occasion. With stock springs though itís not really an issue.

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I use the one that screws on the stud. It has always worked and I run dual springs with a damper so I need the leverage.



If the heads are off, I do have the other one too.



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