I did the spring swap on my 91 9c1 about three weeks ago with no compressor for the front. With the jack under the control arm, once you get the ball joint seperated, you just need to lower the jack slowly to let the spring open up.. There is virtually no place for the spring to go, as matter of fact, in order to remove the spring, I had to have a helper force the control arm downward while I wrestled the spring out. I think stories of people seeing them springs shoot through walls didnt have the jack in the right spot so when the ball joint was seperated, there was rapid spring expansion. I installed Suspension Techniques springs as well which from what I gather lower the car more than most brands on the market.