Car repair phase 1 completed
Above top: old rear shock. Bottom: new rear shock.
I haven't worked on my own cars in a while, but when the Mazda's shocks crapped out (it was long before I drove it around full of firewood) I heard installation of the rear ones was easy.
And it was easy ... once my cordless impact wrench recharged. It turns out that any bolt that spends five years pointed at a car tire isn't going to come off without a fight. But yeah, two bolts on top, one big one on the bottom, and out they came.