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Do yourself a favor and get a package of heavy duty zip ties.
While the weight is still on the truck, zip tie some of the coils together in the front springs, this will make it easier to remove from the truck, and you wont have to use a coil compressor to get them out. make sure to use at least 2 or 3 zip ties for safety sake. Once out of the truck, lay them on their side and cut the zip ties, since they are sideways, with nothing to push on they wont go anywhere.
Most shops have coil compressors, you can flip them 10-20 bucks to compress the new springs, and then use your zip ties to lock them down for install, or see if you can rent or borrow one from auto parts store. They are fairly affordable. But, its something you will maybe use once or twice, so its a waste of space in my opinion.
I have also made a coil springs compressor for real cheap from home depot, took about 20 min, and cost about 10 bucks. i took two pieces of 2x4 about 8-10 inches long, drilled a hole in the center of each. i bought a threaded rod two nuts and heavy washers. I put a 2x4 on either end of the coil spring, took the threaded rod and put it through the hole on either board. From there, add washers and nuts and start turning them. once compressed to the correct length, zip tie the spring down, and remove the compressor.