We ended up doing that. We had tried pry baring it in but not while we had spring compressors on. So we did that. Finally, after like 3 hours of struggling in the rain and dark (it's freaking hard) we got ONE side done. The rear is totally done. Took 5 minutes for the passenger rear side today.
Thanks for the tips you guys. We had absolutely no trouble getting my roomate's C springs in, why was it so difficult for me? We literally pushed gently and it went in.