I must say this is not an area I remember having issues with.
As has been mentioned, make sure the front shocks are fully extended, and the bottom of the shock is dropped, the shock then comes out top first pulling towards you. Maybe a little bit of fiddling to maneuver past the other crap in there. I do not think you will get it out bottom first - I could be wrong!
Same for install, bottom in first, to pivot the top into place. Do up the bottom bolt and gently put weight onto the front to get the top of the shock back through the top hole.
My Hyperpro went back in a lot easier due to the bottom end not being as fat as the original.