I was going to pull my spring off so to measure, the ends are coiled almost completely around the bottom mount which would require removeing the stand off bolt at the bottom to get the spring off. I guess it was done this way to prevent the spring from popping off easily. I would make sure the spring end loop is as closed as possible If you can. I have had "some" luck with heat when I needed to twist one of the spring ends around, I would think closing the end up would be easier.
Yepper, the spring from Ace has nearly closed ends, in fact the one in your photo looks exactly like it. Thinking I'll pull the anchor bolt and run it through the eye of the spring rather than risk snapping end off.
Second look at yours...they aren't the same. Yours has a longer reach on the one end. Will get back to you if my idea doesn't work.
Hot damn! It worked.
Edited by Phluphy, November 12, 2015 - 05:00 PM.