How to wind Spring King and Simple Set Spring Systems - DDM Garage Doors Blog

Posted January 7th, 2023 at 7:06 pm by Philip Kendall

In this video, we explain how to wind Spring King spring systems, also known as Simple Set spring systems. These winders are no longer in stock, since they have been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Spring King systems work by stretching the torsion spring before winding. How much the spring is stretched is determined by the distance between the winder and the stationary cone of the spring. The distance for stretching the spring is calculated based on the wire size and the door height.

There are two ways to determine stretching distance. One is to use the spacers that normally come with the winding kit, while the other is to measure the spring yourself.

Using the spacers

The colors of the lines on the spacers designate the wire sizes. There are usually four sizes of spacer.

  • White
    • on a 7′ door: wire sizes of .218 or less
    • on an 8′ door: wire sizes of .200 or less
  • Yellow
    • 7′ door: wire sizes from .225 to .234
    • 8′ door: wire sizes from .207 to .225
  • Green
    • 7′ door: wire sizes from .243 to .283
    • 8′ door: wire sizes from .234 to .250
  • Blue
    • 7′ door: wire sizes of .295
    • 8′ door: wire sizes from .262 to .295

A spring’s wire size can usually be found printed on it as a three-digit number.

Torsion Spring with a wire size of .218 printed on the side of the spring
Torsion spring with a wire size of .218

First, find the spacer that corresponds to your garage door’s wire size and door height. Then, insert the spacer into the space between the winder and the spring. Turn the stationary cone to stretch the spring out until it is adjacent to the spacer. Lastly, remove the spacer and start winding the spring.

Twisting the spring in order to move it along the shaft, so that it is the right distance from the Spring King/Simple Set winder
Turning the spring to move it along the shaft

Without the spacers

For a 7-foot-high door, measure the width of 8 coils and add ¼ inch. On an 8-foot-high door, measure the width of 9 coils and add ¼ inch.

Measuring the width of the coils on the torsion spring. Set the tape measure in one end, count the number of coils starting with where the tape measure is set, then see the distance between the first and last coil counted.
Measuring the width of the coils

For example, in our tutorial video, we used a 7-foot-high door. After measuring the coils, we found the width of 8 coils to be roughly 1¾ of an inch. Based on this measurement, we stretched the spring until it was 2 inches (1¾ + ¼) from the winder.

Winding Spring King and Simple Set Systems

Once the stationary cone is the right distance from the winder, secure the winding cone on the opposite end of the spring. Finger-tighten the set screws on the winding cone, so it does not move around on the shaft. Then, add one half to three quarters of a turn to the set screws with a wrench, so they are firmly in place.

Tightening the set screws on the opposite end of the torsion spring from the winder
Tightening the set screws on the winding cone

As soon as the winding cone has been secured, you can start winding the spring. Mark the spring so that you know how many turns are on it. Make sure your power drill is rotating clockwise. Connect the drill to the socket on the winder, and start winding.

Winding using the Spring King system. Spring King or Simple Set uses a drill rotating clockwise to wind their springs.
Using a drill to wind the spring. Notice the black mark used to count the number of turns

The spring will first stretch along the shaft until it reaches the winder, at which point it will start to wind. Use the mark you made on the spring to count the number of turns.

We hope this has been helpful! For other methods of winding garage door springs, see our blog post on the different types of Torsion Spring Winding Systems. If you would like a simple, safe way to wind torsion springs, see our post on the DDM Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™.

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