Thanks, JDUB. I did the installation of Bilstein Sport struts and shocks myself (H&R springs were already installed on the car). I didn't find it necessary to compress the springs to install the absorbers. It took me a little less than 2 hours to perform. Like I've mentioned in the previous post, I was shocked at how easy it was to do, and a little miffed that "shops" charge $500 just the installation.
91 Supercharged Miata
99 E320 Wagon