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you can rent spring compressors.... i think they are like 40$ but when you return them you get the money right back. harbor freight has a set for $16.... so if you use them not that often, they will be ok, i have a set, i cant remember where i got them from though...

typically when reinstalling the new springs, because of their shorter height usually you dont need the spring compressor on the new spring, its usually just for the taller OEM spring....

you'll need an Allen key or a perfect size slotted screw driver for the sway bar end link... you have to keep the center from spinning and use an open end wrench to remove the nut....

when i did my soul before, which has very similar suspension, i believe i did a corner at a time and it took maybe an hour or so taking my time... now i have 2 floor jacks so i can probably do the front then the rear and be done in no time...
 

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you can do the job with a 14mm, 17mm, 19mm, 21mm, Allen wrench and the spring compressor
 

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if you have worked on cars for a good amount of time, you can have a good feel of how tight the bolts should be.

if anything after 50 miles of driving i would say check the bolts again to make sure they are still tight after some driving
 
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