Yes. However, it's very dangerous. I'm not recommending it but here's how I did it before I got my own spring compressor.Can I do it without a compressor??
I did the rear springs about a month ago. Took me about 6 hours, but it made a big difference in the performance of the car.Even under the best of conditions, replacing/removing the springs is not to be taken lightly.
Have you ever replaced/removed springs on any vehicle and are familiar with the procedure and the forces involved?
If you are, then it's a pretty straightforward swap. I swapped out my LCAs earlier this year and it was very much like changing the springs on my '67 Camaro without a compressor.
I replaced my lower control arm bushings about a month ago and ran into the same issues. Here is what i found, i agree with the quoted instructions up to a point. The major difference is step 7, i did not pry the spring from the lower control arm... that is incredibly dangerous.Yes. However, it's very dangerous. I'm not recommending it but here's how I did it before I got my own spring compressor.
1) Jack up the car at the jacking point with tires removed.
2) Put another jack under the lower control arm and raise it without raising the car.
3) Unbolt the stabilizer bar from the control arm.
4) Unbolt the Strut from the strut mount.
5) Unbolt the caliper and hang it with wire hanger so it's not hanging by the brake hose.
6) Carefully lower the jack under the lower control arm.
(When the LCA reaches the lowest point, the spring is almost un-sprang. But, still in its perch.)
WARNING! Here is the dangerous part:
7) Pry the spring from its lower perch using a crow bar (or something similar) at the same time pushing the LCA down.
Note: I find it difficult to do No.7. So, on the other wheel, before I did No.6, I clamped 2 coils of the spring with 2 big vise grips before I lowered the LCA. It made No. 7 easier because the spring was a bit shorter.
You don't need spring compressor for the rear springs. Just unbolt the LCA.
Again I don't recommend doing it without spring compressor. One wrong move, specially on step 7, may cost you more than what it cost to buy or rent a spring compressor.
If i remember correctly i had an issue with the autozone spring compressor not fitting and had to go without. Still doable and not that hard. But getting one may save you the hassle of messing with the lower control arm.You should get the MB specific SIR tools type spring compressor. They have knock-offs on ebay pretty cheap. I think I got mine for $150, well worth it.
Some may disagree but I don't think a basic spring compressor /autozone rental will cut it.
In my area I have access to Advance Auto and O'Reilly and neither have the calm shell type compressor. The others don't work. I already tried with the rear.If i remember correctly i had an issue with the autozone spring compressor not fitting and had to go without. Still doable and not that hard. But getting one may save you the hassle of messing with the lower control arm.