Installing spring on vintage swingbike


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buses n bikes

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 24, 2018
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Ames, Iowa
#1
Any tips? Putting it back together and can’t get the spring in the slackest position, let alone the other two stiffer options...

Thanks for any direction.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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Central Arizona
#3
I checked out a few pics of the spring set up and have one idea if the hook is large enough, and it looks like it is in the pictures. Get a piece of rod, tubing or maybe a 12" long 3/8" drive extension and hook the spring on it. Then hug the fork/head tube and pull the spring back using both hands on the ends of the rod and get the end of the hook placed on the attaching bracket. I use this method at work with smaller springs, and they're just as much a PITA as a big spring.
 
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