OK, this may generate some controversy, but do you really need a spring compressor to change the rear struts?
The reason I bring this up is that I've done the rear struts on an 84 SE and an 88 GT without using a spring compressor. On both cars, the rear spring only extended a little bit after removing the center nut and I was able to easily push it down by hand with the bottom of the strut sitting on the floor and get the nut started on the new strut.
I discovered this the first time I changed struts on my 84--I had loosened the nut before I jacked up the car, and after removing the strut assembly I discovered that I could push the upper spring seat down by resting the strut on the floor. That first time I did use a spring compressor, but removed it before trying to install the nut, just to see if I could. For me, it was no problem.......
I don't want anyone doing anything they aren't comfortable with, but it's something to consider if you don't have a spring compressor available......
Rod Schneider, Ball Ground, Ga.
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1988 Fiero GT
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[This message has been edited by Rodrv6 (edited 12-10-2013).]