take note that you are in az, and i however am in pa......nothing under the thing takes one minute...unless it involves cursing.The plate is removable for a reason! 1 minute and the plate is removed, why would you torture yourself trying to remove the upper shock bolt in place.
You guys go through this ritual on ever nut and bolt from the undersideI had to spray PB blaster on mine ahead of time. The best way to remove any rusted or suspect bolts is to use a propane torch. This worked on all of my hardware to install my lift after breaking off the rear lower shock bolt. Upon reinstallation use anti seize on all the hardware. I ended up chasing the threads on all the bolts and captured nuts.