Is the Dorman 31001 shock bolt kit a reasonable repair kit for front shock bolts?
I was changing the front gas shocks on my 97 ford ranger, which is totally rusted underneath due to 20 winters in the great frozen north of the usa. I knew the bolts would likely be rusted and the heads would likely come off, and I know the trick to rusted bolts is a good zap from the oxy acetylene torch, but there is pressurized gas in those shocks and I don't want a darwin award. So I just used muscle. And the heads came off both front lower shock mount bolts.
Just bought two dorman 31001 shock bolt kits and I'm planning to cut the old mounts off, drill a hole to accept to replacement bolts, and replace the shocks. I'm also considering welding the bolts to the frame, but I'm a safety nut with a family to support and Ill only do that when I have drop the fuel tank and let all the fumes vent for a few days. There is a guy on youtube who used this kit on the front https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQjmzvCeaXk&t=113s and he says it went a-okay. The bolt packaging, however, doesn't mention whether it is safe to use on the front or not, but the instructions say to "support the rear axle assembly to relieve tension on the shock". Hmm I think thats legalise for "you implicitly werent supposed to use this product on the front."