The more I think about it, you probably remove the top bolts with the car on the ground, then jack the car up. With the car on the ground there isn't enough ground clearance to pull out a fully extended shock absorber. Of course when dealing with compressed suspension components, guessing on what to do can be dangerous, so that's why I started this post.
1994 MB E320 Coupe (199,500 mi)
1992 MB 190E 2.6 (173,000 mi)
1983 Porsche 911SC (148,000 mi)
2004 Volvo V70 2.5T (198,000 mi)
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