XE/XF Front Suspension Compression
Hi, I just wanted some advice on how to compress and possibly remove the front springs and upper control arms on an XE or XF Falcon.
I have a Gregorys manual which says that a special Ford spring compressor tool is required to do the job, this tool allows you to remove the shock while the spring is still on the car, lower the tool into the place where the shock used to be and compress the spring while its still in the car. I rang Ford up but they say they won't sell special tools to the public.
As an alternative I was hoping it would be possible to use general spring compressors to compress the spring while its still in the car, enough to allow removal of the upper control arm. Is this possible, it doesn't look like there's enough room around the spring to fit a spring compressor in there, even with the bump stop plate removed?
Is there any other way to do this job, I'm assuming the whole strut can't just be removed and then be compressed and dismantled outside the car as is possible with some other cars?
Also, I have some XF upper control arms with good ball joints that I want to stick into an XE that has shot joints, will the arms just transfer over or am I better off drilling out the rivets in the XE and XF and just transfering across the ball joints?