Now that you have the strut assembly out, here comes the fun part. You have to disassemble the top bolt from the strut bearing from the spring from the strut. Yay!
Here's where the spring compressors come in. Tighten those down on opposite sides of the springs.
This is about the time when I put it in a bench mounted clamp.
Btw, here's a top view of the strut when it is out.
When it is in the clamp, to remove the top bolt, grab a breaker bar and a ViseGrip. Hold the strut shaft with the ViseGrip and break it with the breaker bar. Now, if you don't have the springs compressed enough, the top and bottom half-coil will explode a bit. No worries, it won't shoot that