Excellent writeup with photos here. I appreciate you going to the trouble of chronicling all this work and I'm sure a lot of others do, too.
Good luck with the swingarm project: will be looking forward to seeing how the rest of that went for you.
I'm going to do the same thing next Winter and this is a great resource you've provided.
Obviously, a spring compressor is needed. I was considering just sending my whole shock to Topgun and letting them do it, but after your writeup, I'll probably just try to find somebody in town who has a compressor and do it myself. My cousin's kid has an auto shop in town and he'd probably let me use his.
Thanks again. Great writeup; great photos.