Is there anything I can do or am I SOL at this point?
I took my 08 650s shocks apart and cleaned them, before I bought the Progressive set.
What did you use for a spring compressor? TheReaper!
I am Dave and like Erik, I used my hands too. You just push the top of the spring down and then slide the top spring holder out. I also assembled my Progressive shocks and springs the same way.I'm not Dave, but I just used my hands, the springs are quite soft, like my arms.