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Old 11-13-2013, 05:43 PM
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I used the stock locks and the modified retainers that intense sells, my stock retainers wouldn't fit the ls6 springs, so something was different on mine.

Good luck getting a compressor line in there with the manifold/headers still on the car.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:24 PM
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What did you do about the locks?
stock lock on stock retainers on ls6 springs. mine are stock 90# ls6 springs. BTW i think i still have the ls1 retainers.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:58 PM
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The retainera are different but the locks are all the same on all lsx motors. I saw the valve tool at autozone its got a T-handle and the one at advanced auto has the knob/star style that you turn. The knob style seems like it would work a little better. If you look atvthem on there website the part that pushes on the retainer looks like it would hold the retainer a lot better then the T-handle autozone kind and im not sure if theres room for a T-handle u der there with the motor in the car
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Neither are worth a crap, I used both, since I had to do it twice. The round knob doesn't give you enough torque most of the time to get the springs down and the t handle works fine, expect the pass back side. An we broke both of the ones you rent, the piece that goes on the retainers is what breaks or stripes out.
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Hmmm. I might weld a nut on the top of the knob style and see if I can get more torqur on it with a wrench or something
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Are the intake bolts reuseable?
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Yes, rocker bolts no. That might work on the drivers side, but like I said there no room on the pass side for anything.

There's a tool on ls1tech that works pretty good, my dad made one for me, it's a flat piece of metal with a u shape cut out to slide on the retainer and the other end has hole in it so you can bolt down threw the rocker bolt hole. Just search valve spring tool on tech, you'll find it.
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I ended ul getting the knob style at advanced last night and I also went to home depot today and got a piece of flat steel and drilled a 5/16 hole on it and cut it doan to size and made a notch in it. (Copied the tool on ls1tech) made it for 10 bucks. The home made tool works better then the valve spring tool. I changed the passenger side only todat and ill do the driver side tomorrow. It only took about an hour and half. It aasnt really to much of a big deal. Just took the plugs out and put my compression guage hose in the spark plug hole and connected the air line. I liked using the homemade tool better cu it gives you so much more room to work with and you can use a ratchet wrench and not tear up your hand trying to turn the knob with the stars on it
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Yeah , the homemade tool is so much better, just wish I had found it the first time I did it,I didn't find out about it until the second time half way threw.
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I'd just about rather pull the motor out of the car before I'd want to work in the engine bay.
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