What would we ever do without TW-Brian and Admiral? That's some good clamping action! clip.mp4
Here is a universal type valve spring compressor that I have used for a number of years. While it is functional, it is kind of clumsy and difficult to get adjusted and positioned (just ask Fred!).
When I saw that Admiral had made one from an old C-clamp, I just had to make one myself. In this thread you can see Admiral's and also my initial unsuccessful attempt at using a Harbor Freight clamp.
Head & Cylinder Repair Notes
Here is Admiral's.
I was able to find a 4" Husky brand C-clamp at Home Depot with a 3" deep throat that looked like it would work. Using a bench grinder, angle grinder, various hand files and a wire wheel I re-shaped the fixed end of the clamp as shown below. I did not have as much material to work with as Admiral's clamp, so mine turned out a little daintier than his.
Here it is positioned on a TW head.
Here is a close-up of it in position. Not a lot of extra room, but enough.
(p.s. thanks to Admiral for the inspiration and luckily, no hammers were harmed in this project)
This is a cool thread thanks.
Twin 2014 TW200's made side by side on the assembly line, Moose rear racks, Protaper Bars one with risers, DG oval pipes. rejetted carbs, 130 main jets, 2 -.020 shims on the needles and @ 2 1/2 turns on the pilot screw, #34 pilot jets, Aserbis hand guards, Shinko 241 front tires, weld on foot pegs, 14-55t sprockets, Ricochet skid plates and 90 degree fuel filters.
Yours looks really good Brian. Mine looks like a real hack job with the grinder marks and rust on the c-clamp visible. Nicely done!
Admiral, rusty or not you did pioneer a superior design.
When TW-Brian loaned me his spring compressor I probably paid more in the return shipping fees than the cost of a donor C-clamp. Then I likely spent just as much time adjusting Brian's compressor as I would have spent grinding the C-clamp. MissingLinkMasterA.jpg
The C-clamp versions are better, cheaper, easier to use than the POS dedicated tool I wasted my money on! Next time I go to HF I will be also getting a C-clamp. Tony
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