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First you need a valve spring tool 10 bucks at oriellys then you need a air atachment for the spark plug 15 bucks at oriellys, its easy to do and simple just time consuming you will need new valve cover gaskets those are cheap, you dont need to remove the heads at all to put new valve springs in
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Easiest way IMO...use compressed air and a fitting in the spark plug hole to hold the valves up and get the Crane valvespring tool that does 2 springs at a time and compresses them perfectly and evenly. The tool is a little pricey but worth every penny for how well it works.
If you don't have access to an air compressor, you can feed rope in through the spark plug hole then run the piston up and the rope will hold the valves up.
I use a magnet to remove the keepers (valve locks), then put grease on them to hold them to the valve stem as I release the pressure on the valve spring(s)
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This is for an LS1, but the method is the same, and easier since there is more room to work on these trucks. I'll be swapping in some springs in a couple weeks, but I'm going to be taking the heads off to swap the lifters too.