Torsion Springs for Clopay, Ideal and Holmes Garage Door EZ-Set Systems

EZ-Set Garage Door Torsion Springs

The EZ-Set system is one of a number of torsion spring winder systems manufacturers have designed for safety. The more common solution for a broken EZ-Set spring is to replace it with the same type. If you want to keep the same system, please review our helpful EZ-Set Torsion Spring Replacement instructions.

We have two pages where you can buy these springs.

Clopay EZ-Set springs are identified by part number and color code. For example, the left wind Yellow A has the part number 0145130. If you have a Clopay door, and if you know the part numbers or color codes of your springs, you can order from our Springs for Clopay EZ-Set page.

If you do not have the color code or part number, you can order springs by door weight or model number and by size at the bottom of this page.

If you are handy, and if you are challenged by the risk, you may want to convert your springs to standard torsion springs. Instructions for doing this are on our Double EZ-Set Torsion Spring Conversion tutorial.

Before ordering springs we recommend you review this page. Over the years we have found that informed buyers are happier.

Learn About EZ-Set Torsion Springs:

EZ-Set Springs & Options:

Determine Which EZ-Set Torsion Springs You Need:

Introduction to EZ-Set Torsion Springs

The EZ-Set Torsion Spring System was first developed by the Ideal Door Company in Baldwin, Wisconsin. Holmes Garage Doors also use the EZ-Set system. Both Ideal and Holmes have been purchased by Clopay Building Products Company, Inc. The EZ-Set System is now sold under all three names.

The EZ-Set Torsion Spring System allows homeowners and do-It-yourselfers to change their own springs much more safely than if they have the standard torsion spring system. Many injuries have occurred over the years from do-it-yourselfers trying to wind or unwind springs with screw drivers instead of winding bars. This system uses a special winder that requires only a drill.

EZ-Set torsion springs use a winding cone as a stationary cone.
EZ-Set torsion springs use a winding cone, like the one pictured here, as a stationary cone.

The EZ-Set Spring has a winder cone on one end which secures to the winder. The winder is held in place by the end bracket, so the torsion springs are at one or both ends of the door instead of in the middle. The other end of the torsion spring has a stationary cone which secures that end of the spring to the shaft before the spring is wound. On standard torsion spring systems this cone is designated the winding cone - it’s wound with bars or rods, and after winding the spring, this cone is secured to the shaft by tightening the setscrews.

One unique characteristic of these springs is that they are manufactured with gaps between the coils. They are also installed with a spacer on the shaft inside the spring. This spacer keeps the torsion spring stretched to its necessary length to allow for an increased number of coils as the spring is wound. Standard torsion springs will not work on these doors because the coils are not gapped. If you stretch a standard spring to obtain the necessary gapping, the winding cone will pull out of the winder, either when you stretch it or when you open the door. EZ-Set springs are pre-gapped and held to the proper length so that the coils will not bind. Unlike standard torsion springs, these springs appear more slinky-like than standard springs.

EZ-Set Springs & Options

If you have EZ-Set springs, you can replace them with the same type of springs, or you can convert to a standard torsion spring system. If your winders are broken, you can replace, repair or modify them.

Replace Your EZ-Set Springs with DDM Specially-Gapped springs.

EZ-Set springs are very slinkey
EZ-Set springs are specially gapped in the factory, so they tend to be much more flexible than standard torsion springs.

This is usually the most economical way to fix your door. For ease of replacing these springs come assembled with the cones and spacers. Our instructions for Replacing EZ-Set Torsion Springs will help you with the project. In the tutorial we reused the existing cones and spacer, but that option is no longer available.

Our specially gapped springs have the same quality and properties as the OEM springs so they can work with your EZ-Set system. Most standard torsion springs are not OEM springs because they can come from various manufacturers and function the same as the original spring. Many of our specially-gapped springs are not manufactured by Clopay, but they are equivalent replacements. We are currently transitioning our inventory to Clopay OEM springs. And, as you will discover from the program below, we can often provide longer life springs for your EZ-Set system.


Convert to Standard Torsion Springs

Standard torsion spring with spring anchor bracket on a garage door
To install a standard torsion spring remove the old spring and install a 2 X 6 pad and a spring anchor bracket kit for mounting a standard torsion spring. You'll also need winding bars to wind the spring.

You may prefer to convert to a standard torsion spring system. If you have only one spring on the door you can install a spring anchor bracket kit next to the winder and secure a standard torsion spring with standard cones to it. This is the simplest conversion as it requires only installing a bracket and a new standard torsion spring.

Necessary hardware to convert from Clopay's EZ-Set hardware to the standard torsion spring system
Here is the necessary hardware to make the conversion if you have a continuous one piece torsion shaft.

If you have two EZ-Set springs on your door, or if you want to convert from one to two springs, and if you have a single continuous one piece shaft that is 16’10” long, you will need to purchase a torsion spring conversion kit for a seven foot high door or a conversion kit for an eight foot high door. You will also need to purchase one or two of our standard torsion springs. Our Double EZ-Set Conversion tutorial will assist you in converting your hardware.

Spring anchor brackets on a coupled shaft
Two shafts are often connected in the middle with a coupler and two spring anchor bracket kits. Sometimes extra wood pads are needed to keep the shaft straight.

If you have a split shaft and a coupler, and if you are installing two springs, you can purchase an extra spring anchor bracket kit and install them on both sides of the coupler as we show in the image below. You’ll also need winding bars.

Directions to remove the winder cone from the winder unit on Clopay EZ-Set Springs.
Our EZ-Set Torsion Spring Replacement tutorial shows how to remove the winder unit from the winder cone using a trick with two quarters.

Options for Broken Winders

Before ordering new springs you need to check your winders. If you have two springs on your door, you’ll need to unwind the second spring. Next, remove the winder cones from the winders. Steps 27-37 on our EZ-Set Torsion Spring Replacement tutorial show how to do this.

Check the black plastic tabs in the winders. If the tabs are still intact, you can reuse your winder or winders.

Broken tab on an EZ-Set winder
Carefully check the tabs on your winders. If one is cracked or broken, yu may want to replace the winder.

However, if the cone came out of the winder when the spring broke, or if any of the black plastic tabs are broken, you have three options.

One option is to buy a new winder; these cost about $25 each.

Another option is to secure the winder cone to the winder unit with JB Weld from your local auto parts store.

Drilling through a winder
Drill through the winder and into the cone tabs with a 3/16" bit and secure the cone in the winder with a 1/4" X 1" screw. You can then wind the other end of the standard torsion spring with bars.

A third option is to drill through the winder and insert 1/4" X 1" screws into the ears of the winder cone. You will not be able to use the winder to wind the spring, but you can use bars instead. Instructions for winding torsion springs are in section 10 of our Torsion Spring Replacement tutorial.

Determine Which EZ-Set Torsion Springs You Need

We do not recommend measuring EZ-Set springs because the coils are gapped. These need to be compressed to measure the length and to measure the 10 and 20 coil dimensions. In addition to this, because of the gapped coils the coatings and galvanizing thicken the coils and distort the 10 and 20 coil measurements as well as measurements made with micrometers and calipers. Instead we recommend determining the door model or door weight.

Determine Manufacturer and Model

Serial number on the bottom of a Clopay door
Clopay Serial Number, PID Number and Model Number

Most Clopay doors have a sticker at the left end of the door, usually on the second section from the bottom, but sometimes the sticker is just above one of the bottom fixtures. Here you will find the serial number, with the door model number embedded in the number. If the sticker also has a PID number, the model number will be embedded in that. To the right you can see a sticker for a Clopay model 4050 garage door. More information is on our blog.

Look for a label that has the serial number.
Many garage doors have a label on the sections that gives the serial number.

Many of Clopay's doors have a sticker at the top left end of each section. Included on this sticker is the model number, 1000, and the size, 1600 X 700, which is 16' wide by 7' high.

Ideal Door usually fixed labels on the very end of each section at one end of the door. If the door is part way open, you can see the label below the curved portion of horizontal track or above the horizontal tracks. If the door is closed, look behind the vertical track with a flashlight on both sides of the door to find numbers such as S4RSF, M4RSF, S6RST, M6RST, SDP-38 or MDP-38. Normally the labels are at only one end of the door.

Open the door to view the model number on the side
Some model numbers are located on the side of the door.

Many doors with EZ-Set spring systems do not have stickers on them. If you are unable to find any of these numbers on your door, contact us by emailing us or by calling us at (800) 383-9548. Sometimes we can identify doors by pictures.

In Florida, many doors have hurricane bracing and therefore have additional struts attached. The struts are silver metal bars that run across the width of the door that are about 2-1/4" or 3" off the inside face of the door. These doors have a wind code rating which can be determined from the model number. If you have a wind code door you can either weigh your door or call us for help identifying your springs. Door weights for wind-code doors are not included in our door model selections.

After determining the model number of the door you will need to measure the width and height of the door.

Determine Door Weight

Weighing a garage door
To weigh a garage door, use an analog scale. Both cables must be loose, the floor under the scale must be level, and the weight on the scale must be evenly distributed.

A second way to select the springs you need is to weigh the door. The door weight is determined using an analog scale. See our How to Weigh a Garage Door instructions for accurate weighing instructions.

How to Order

To order by manufacturer and model number, enter your information in the drawdown menus below. Enter also the door dimensions, number of springs, window information, and whether you have a coupled shaft.

To order by door weight, enter the weight along with the door dimensions, number of springs, window information, and whether you have a coupled shaft.

The following explanations should help you understand the descriptions for your springs. The "#" sign follows a number that designates the door weight. The number marked by the "k" designates the cycle life rating in thousands of cycles. The industry standard is 10-15,000 cycles. These usually last six to 10 years. If your door is in good shape, and if you plan to live in your house more years than that, you will benefit from ordering longer life springs. The "LW" and "RW" designate the winds of the springs. Directions for replacing your springs are at our Single EZ-Set Torsion Spring Replacement page.

Note: Doors in Florida are often heavier because of extra reinforcements to satisfy wind load requirements. If you have one of these doors, we recommend ordering springs by door weight. If the door is wind-rated and if you order by model number, the springs probably will not work on your door. Check to see if the model number in the serial number is followed by the letter "W" and a number, which is the wind rating. If this is the case, please contact us.