Originally Posted by Ying
I'm not very mechanically inclined, but is it possible to compress the springs while the whole assembly is still on the car in order to move the circlip?
Getting the clearance to get the spring compressors on there would be tough at best.
Even if you lifted both sides and let the rear droop, you'd have to disconnect the swaybar to get it to go to full droop. Then you'd have to get the compressors in there and compress/decompress them with a potentially limited range of motion for the wrench, AND the threaded rods on the compressors would have the potential to come into contact with the underside of the car as yuo compressed the springs and drive the rods upward.
Probably more trouble than just pulling them out.