support lifts on 1990 Ford Escort

i cant compress my lift supports on my wagon to put them on any ideas how to do this

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Having done this myself once, I recommend the 'buddy' system. Get a friend to hold the door up while you reaplce the lift arms one at a time. The arms are 10 times easier to replace when extended- and when somebody is holding up the weight of the door for you.