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    Trying to remove valves to replace seals...

    ...on a b20b that is replacing my b18a1 in my '91 DB1. Even though it's a b20 and not the b18, the same should apply if it were a b18 so I figured it wouldn't hurt to post here.

    Anyways, I've rebuilt b series non-vtec cylinder heads before without a valve spring compressor, but it's a terrible pain in the ass...especially the re-install process. What valve spring compressor is GUARANTEED to work in a B series non vtec head that is NOT mounted to the motor?

    Yes, I searched before posting...all threads found are old, links are dead, pics are dead, etc. Searched google and found plenty of useless hits, and more old threads with dead links and dead pics. I need a no BS part number, location of who has them(autozone, o'reilys, etc), a link, anything...preferably ASAP so I can get this b20b back together and in my car before my 300k mile b18a1 takes a dump on me.

    Here are the valve spring compressors I've come across so far, if you have used any of these please post a review and let us know if it is 100% compatible and effective for our applications. If there are other tools out there that are known to work, please let me know the brand/who sells it/a link to the product so I can add it to the list. Once I get enough answers, I'll put them in order from the most used/most confirmed tool to the least used/least confirmed.

    Here's the Snap-On compressor-

    Here's the Snap-On valve keeper remover/installer that apparently doubles as a compressor somehow...

    Here's the metric version of the above tool, description is a little different but they look the same...

    Here's the Craftsman valve spring compressor...

    Here's the Matco kit which is similar to SnapOn kit...

    Here's a kit that a guy from my local car forum linked me to, looks cool/simple...
    Last edited by DOHCIntegraLS; 12 Jul 2009, 15:40:25.

    listening in on this thread b18 needs the valve seals replaced also....

    someone get this guy a part number heh


      I found this one...

      Someone on my local car club forum recommended this one...

      While searching snap-on's website I found one like above but a "metric" version...

      Does anyone on here have experience with any of the above tools on a non-vtec B series cylinder head, with the head NOT on the block? Which one works the best for removing AND reinstalling valves/retainers/valve keeps?


        this is the one you want

        Compressor, Valve Spring, Universal

        Stock#: YA9140A

        the others are just 4 keepers


          Will it work with the head removed from the block?

          EDIT: In the second link I posted, the first valve keeper tool, it says "Use in place of C-clamp or other type of compressors." in the description...leading one to believe that it is a valve spring compressor as well as a tool for removing and re-installing the keepers.
          Last edited by DOHCIntegraLS; 11 Jul 2009, 02:51:44.


            Edited first post with another tool, from Craftsman. Need opinions on the 4 tools listed in the first post, from people that have used them on B series heads...non-vtec, since that's what I'm needing a tool for.

            EDIT: Added two more options in the first post.
            Last edited by DOHCIntegraLS; 12 Jul 2009, 15:40:49.