I forgot to add that I did that too, but it didn't pull them down much. you will need someone elses weight on the hub regardless. I threaded a couple wheel bolts back in part way to make it easier to stand on
Nope, I just did this a few weeks ago. Driver side was easier for me, I was able to get the shock into position and bolted up top by myself. Still required someone to stand on the hub to get the suspension down far enough to pop the shock onto the lower control arm. For the passenger side, I needed someone to stand on the hub while I got the old assembly out, the new one in and then to get the shock on the control arm.