By on October 27, 2016

coil spring

Interpretive dance isn’t for everyone, but we can all appreciate the efficient, graceful and damn near artistic manner in which automotive parts are made.

Coil springs already look fun, but after viewing this video of a spring being made for the now-defunct Toyota FJ Cruiser, you’re liable to quit that paper-pushing day job for a shot at doing what this guy does.

Hot, scorching stuff.

Every aspect of a new vehicle is designed via a computer, but men and women still need to make steel glow to create the parts. Presumably, even the self-driving vehicles that will carry us to pre-selected, government-approved destinations in our collective dystopian future will enjoy such hardware.

The future is terrifying, but springs are a joy.

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12 Comments on “Watch How Automotive Springs Are Made in This Video...”


  • avatar
    kwong

    Cool. Now if they powdercoat or apply an epoxy afterwards, they might hold up for more than 10 years in the New England area. Damn snow and road salt.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      Oh they definitely do coat them, with a plastic type coating. My ’96 4Runner’s springs still look more or less new. But yes springs rusting and snapping are a known phenomenon in northern climates. Older For Tauri are pretty egregious offenders with what seems like almost 100% failure rate on cars in climates with road salt. (next time you see one with a saggy butt, now you know why).

  • avatar
    -Nate

    THANX ! .

    This is fascinating stuff to watch .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    ckb

    This stuff is great! Touring the BMW factory was one of the coolest things I’ve done. Seeing stuff get made is awesome whether its a simple coil or 15 10′ robots spot welding a chassis in unison.

    You know whats less awesome? Cramming in dumbass alt-right dystopian conspiracy BS into every freaking article on this site. Maybe its only a joke. You know what? Jokes get old. But I’m sure you’ll get a dozen more page views than you would have had you posted the steel gauge, temperature, tool force, how its finished or anything else that is, you know, effing relevant.

    Note to your advertisers: I would have commented on a post like this even if it didn’t have political BS in it!

  • avatar
    bikegoesbaa

    Surprised that the operators are only wearing safety glasses.

    That sure looks like a process that merits a face shield.

  • avatar
    Scoutdude

    This looks like an aftermarket operation, mass production lines are almost certainly devoid of that much human involvement.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Gotta love the Japanese version “do rag”

  • avatar
    mikey

    Agreed …… No way is that even close to a modern operation. I see numerous safety violations.. No hard hat, or hearing protection. As others have mentioned …too slow.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    I wonder if that factory is air-conditioned? Sure would be awfully hot in summer!

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Seem likely that this video is at a supplier. First, car manufacturers don’t make their own springs (or shocks, or strut bearings, or bushings, etc.). Second, a Toyota worker would wear an overall with the company name/logo on it. Third, you can see pallet loads of springs wrapped for shipping, so at the very least they’re going to another location or company.

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