Just recently wanted to lower my car, went with Eibach springs. I was gonna just have Tire Pros install them, but they wanted around $400 to do it. So I decided to do it myself, being someone who has a decent armory of tools, and know how, I was up to the task. Believe me, it wasn't easy for a first timer with replacing springs, but it is do-able, just a bit time consuming. There may be some ways to do this a little easier, but with no proir knowledge for this car, I think i did just fine. Here's some pictures I took during the process, maybe could help anyone curious about the process.
Rear Passenger spring not yet removed. Shock, UCA, emergency brake cable, and sway bar disconnected. Brake caliper also removed, the more room, and more drop in control arm, the better.
Rear spring removed from driver side. Definitely had to use spring compressors to get it out. The Eibachs go in pretty easy compared to removing the stock ones.
Eibach vs. stock Rear.
Eibach vs. Stock Front
Front driver side steering linkage disconnected. Hardest part was breaking it free of the spindle. took some hard whacking with a big hammer, but it will break free. Just be careful not to mess up the threads.
Front UCA disconnected. Very easy actually, all these things need to be out of the way to do this properly.
Compressors on stock front spring.
Stock front spring out. took a little pulling and twisting but it came out just fine after compressing.
Spring compressors on front Eibach. not compressed yet.
Front Eibach installing (at night), went a little into O.T., but got the hang of it eventually.
Front only Eibachs installed.
Car with all springs installed. Sorry about night shot, was a long 2nd day.
This wasn't mean't to be any kind of tutorial obviously, just a small pic. reference during my install.
I did the job over a span of two days, both days starting in late afternoon, about 8 hours total, but I got it done. And I saved myself around $400 if had taken it to the tire shop.
A lot of work, only paid $40 for the spring compressors, so in the end, if you have the tools (which are pretty basic), well worth it.
sorry about the long post.