I used the vise method, but with several loops of s/s safety wire and the correct twisting pliers. I placed the loops evenly around the OD of the compressed spring. It was the compressing-in-a-vise portion that scared the shit out of me. This is why I don't do this for a living. If I did this everyday, the odds are that my shortcuts would result in several digit amputations and a missing eye or two.yard man said:Ok... I need to put my springer back together to see how high off the ground itll sit.Is there any way to compress the springer enough get those bolts on WITHOUT taking it to a shop to have it done? I would prefer not to take it to a shop 1 because im broke and number 2 because all the local shops that ive ventured into had people working who didnt know anything about bikes older then cone shovels.....