Park both rear wheels on the ramps.
Go to Home Depot, get a rotary cutting tool, cut off the upper bolt hex-head, then use a rotary grinder to grind off the bolt flange cap, since upper nut is lock type, plus rust. It is not easy to remove.
If there is no rust on the bolt/nut, use a shallow 13MM-1/4 socket (or 14MM if rust built up on the nut) and ratchet to hold the nut, plus 10MM-3/8 socket and 16 inch extension bar to turn the bolt. When yon turn the 3/8 ratchet, let the 1/4 ratchet go, it will hit and against body or frame eventually as pivotal. It the bolt hex-head is round off, use rotary cutting tool.
The upper bolt is 8MM X1.25 X25. Prefer to 10.9 (equivalent to Grade-8) flange cap for both bolt and nut for easy installation. The lock type nut is not necessary, since GM truck only use regular U-shape upper nuts for rear shocks.
So, 2 hands are enough to finish the job.
Originally posted by DadSSled:
I had a 3/8 ratchet with 16 inches of extension with a custom hacked wrench and still needed 3 extra hands. So, the new air shocks are still in the box....after 9 months! I almost drilled holes in the rear floor and put plugs in it just to change them.