I put the closer ones down I think just cause when compared to the old springs the coils matched up better that way. That's for the rear, don't have the fronts on yet so I am also interested if I have them right or not. My car is in pieces and won't be back together for another week of two so this info could come in handy.
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If memory serves me correctly, there should be a 'notch' where the end of the coil goes into the spring isolator. Can't remember if it's top or bottom. The other end will be flush, and sit against the flush isolator.