I've searched back a ways, and every reference to installing springs seems to bring up the same message "Use a springs compressor or you'll get hurt!". Well duh.
I was afraid I'd need to remove that lower control bushing, as I've seen pictures of earlier model <96 E class installations that did remove the lower arm. Is this the only way though? It makes sense that with the right compressor you should be able to simply pull the spring out without removing anything. Is there such a tool somewhere?