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How do I install front strut and spring conversion kit for my 1998 Cadillac Deville? Do I need to use a spring compressor? Thank you!

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Yes, a spring compressor will allow you to compress the springs enough to remove the strut units. I recommend using the spring compressor that looks like a **** shell, not the ones that have the long bolt with the two clamps on each one. The **** shell type allows you better access to the spring bolts without interference.

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