Company23 Valve Spring Compressor Tool - Subaru Models (inc. 2002-2014 WRX/STI)
Manufacturer Part # 512
Bundle Savings:MSRP: $84.95
RallySport Direct is proud to carry quality specialty tools from Company 23 to allow both the professional tech or do it yourself enthusiast to perform maintenance successfully using the right tool to get the job done right the first time.
This particular tool is the Company 23 Valve Spring Compressor Tool. The intended purpose of this tool is to compress valve springs with the head on the bench or on the engine in the car. The design makes for an easy replacement of valve stem seals, valves, springs, and retainers. And the design will not slip or damage the head like universal clamp compressors are known for. The roller ball thrust bearing provides a smooth operation even with upgraded performance valve springs. A magnetic screwdriver will be included to make installation and the removal of the valve keepers simple.
Used in place of factory tool #498267600 and #499718000
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MikeA 5 months ago
if you'll do a valve repair you will need this .. company 23 is well made its like a mini tank lol! cant seem to decide if ill go with oem valve or aftermarket because of this had to use this tool several times but in the end this tool still look and function like new i even was able to resale it for 45 bucks :)
Boosted2 2 years ago
This tool has worked flawlessly with several valve replacements I have done. Not need for the big bulky C-Clamp or 2 people to help pull down and a sketchy bracket style compressor like the Euro cars use. Its a simple design that allows you to compress the valve, take a phone call and continue right where you left off. I have not tried on any aftermarket retainers but i see from other reviews that it is a bit of a different story but Company 23 apparently has a solution for different size retainers.
Same issue as others
awenthol86855 3 years ago
Used this on both factory springs and Kelford behive springs. Even with factory springs (reassembly), tool does not have enough clearance to fit the cup without seriously forcing it in or removing the tool EVERY TIME. The Kelford springs were far more difficult, as they are significantly stiffer. As others noted, the cup is too small for beehive springs, which is ridiculous, considering most of the aftermarket is going to them. Also, as noted, the bearing on top of the cup forces the cup to move around, so you have to keep tightening and loosening or wiggling the tool/spring to get it centered over the valve stem. Unless you absolutely have to remove the springs with the head on, I'd recommend a quality, traditional valve spring compressor that can clear the valve cover sealing edge.
Not for GSC beehives.
WRX driver 4 years ago
Thought this might work better for reassembling heads, rather than the C-clamp style compressor that walks all over the place while taking valves out. The cup barely met the edge of my GSC retainers, but I gave it a shot. Once bolted down there is no wiggle room with the smaller retainers which forced me to use my other compressor.
Excellent addidion to any toolbox!
Bullit62 5 years ago
I wasn't planning on adding this little gem to my current toolset but when I lost a bearing in my '09 WRX I invested in several Company23 tools. I love this piece in particular! It's well engineered, doesn't take up much space in my already overcrowded toolbox and didn't cost an arm and a leg. All 5 star attributes in my mind!
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Q: GSC Beehives? garcia.bryan82 4 years agoAnswer
Can anyone else vouch as to whether or not this tool will work with the GSC beehives?
A: GSC Beehives use a slightly taller spring and retainer. The Company23 Valve Spring Compressor will work but you will need to assemble the spring with the cam caps a few threads loose and then tighten the cam cap bolts before compressing the spring.
Company23 4 years ago
A: Height of the spring/ retainer combo has nothing to do with it. Beehive is a tapered spring therefore a smaller diameter retainer. The cup on the valve tool only makes about 1mm contact with the GSC retainer. If it is off center at all the retainer will flip up into the compressor cup. I used a washer to make more contact with the retainer, it was crude but got the job done.
WRX driver 4 years ago