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Broke Winger
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The suspension on my Wing was getting pretty bad. So I decided to replace the springs with Progressive Suspension springs.

Here is how I did it.

I purchased a 2 inch floor flange from Home Depot. About $13. I also purchased some threaded rod. About $4. Along with a few hardened nuts and some steel stock I had laying around I built a tool to compress the shocks.

Building the Tool;

The 2 inch floor flange has a tapered opening to the threaded barrel. With the barrel cut off the flange "donut" is a perfect fit for the top of the shock, and the tapered opening is great for kelping to keep the shock in position.

Here is a shot of the floor flange. The threaded barrel of the flange has already been cut off but is sitting there to give an idea of what it looks like.

Here is a shot of the other side showing the tapered opening.

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