The front KW V3 is shorter than the Chevrolet Performance Bilstein shock. This is due to it being a coilover and actually becoming the part of the suspension that controls ride height.
Next, the front leaf spring had to be removed. Here Howard unbolts the end of the leaf spring from the lower control arm.
Next, the center bolts and the mount is removed to separate the spring from the cross member.
To wiggle the spring out of the car, the outer part of the lower control arm has to be dropped so the spring can slide out on one side. Here Howard pops off one of the ball joints so the arm can be completely dropped.
With the lower control arm out of the way the spring can be slid out sideways. Removing the big spring will save more than just a bit of weight.
The front KW V3’s were installed with the HLS lift hydraulic cylinders in place.