I can compress my OME shocks using my body weight, but probably couldn't by hand. I just compress them (threaded end down) by leaning on them, then quickly get them positioned and let them extend through the upper mount. I cheated and had a shop install the coils.Yeah mine came the same way. I'll see if I can wedge it in there as they open, similar to what you did.
I just measured how lifted my FJC was. I always thought it was around 2.75 in the front and 2.0 in the back. I took into account my .5" body lift and I'm only at like 1" suspension lift in the back and about 2" suspension lift in the front. :lol:
I love how it rides so I didn't want to change everything up in order to compensate for 2.5" or 3" lift in the back. Another reason was how long those MT coils are. My brother tried putting them in his 4Runner but got annoyed and ended up taking it to a shop. So I feel your pain!