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BradW

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Posted: 06/16/06 07:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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RS-99042 (Front) and RS-99254 (Rear)


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Top shock goes on rear and bottom shok goes on front.


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9 levels of dampening.


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Tools I used for the front shocks:
3/4" combination wrench
13/16" combination wrench
18mm socket
screwdriver (for light prying)


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Gear Wrench - 3/4" for new shock and 21mm for factory shock makes removing/installing the top shock nut much quicker.


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Grumet sides are different. The large side goes towards the frame bracket.


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Front left shock (1).


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Front left shock (2).


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Tools I used for the rear shocks:
Cresent wrench
18mm socket
Rear shocks were much quicker / easier to install than the front shocks.


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Left rear shock.


My shocks arrived today from Sam's Offroad. I will try to install them tomorrow and write a report.

(Post Updated 6/17/06) - Shocks are on now. For most folks with average wrenching skills this could easily be done in a couple of hours.

(Post Updated 6/21/06) - Well, after a few days of driving (all with the camper) I will report what I have found. The 9000’s definitely change/improve the camper loaded ride. The most noticeable thing is an overall firmer ride with less rocking/swaying/floating. These are the same improvements that the 9000’s had on the two SRW trucks I’ve owned hauling the exact same camper. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that since there was much less rocking/swaying/floating with the dually to begin with, the effects/improvements are much less apparent. I believe this manly to be because there was much less improvement possible with my current dually. I have basically gone from being 2,000 lbs over my GVWR to being 2,000 lbs under my GVWR.

The 9000’s made a great improvement on our SRW’s. Rating that improvement on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give them an 8. On this dually with our 3,500 lb camper, I would give them a 3.

So, I still expect the 9000’s to improve the unloaded ride because the stock shocks were very stiff; much stiffer than the OEM shocks that came on our previous SRW’s.

CONCLUSSION
Having had 3 sets of these shocks on three different trucks (2 - SRW’s & 1 – DRW) hauling the exact same camper, this is what I have come to believe.

1) The camper loaded improvement achievable by adding Rancho 9000 shocks is a function of two things a) How stiff your OEM shocks were to start with and b) How overloaded you are.

By “overloaded”, I don’t necessarily mean just in relationship to the GVWR. Other added suspension mods such as 19.5” tires, stiffer spring packs and overload springs have to be considered. Basically, what I’m saying is, if your springs/tires are too soft for the load, Rancho shocks will improve the ride more than if your springs/tires are adequate.

2) The camper un-loaded improvement achievable by adding Rancho 9000 shocks is a function of one thing a) How soft your OEM shocks were to start with.

BOTTOM LINE
I have boiled all this down into a very rough approximation of how much improvement one might expect from adding 9000’s.

Possible Improvement (On a scale of 1 to 10) = (overloadedness (lbs) / 800) + 5.5


Brad

* This post was last edited 06/22/06 01:25pm by BradW *   View edit history

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Posted: 06/16/06 08:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm interested in hearing how you like them over the factory jobs....

Gonna look into how long the sale is on now.....

EDIT: Month long sale....get road testin em [emoticon]

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Posted: 06/16/06 08:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dang them's some fancy shock absorbers ya got there Brad. You gonna stick them decals on the truck somewhere???[emoticon]

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Posted: 06/16/06 08:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mine came in today as well. I just finished installing a set on my truck.

I haven't noticed any change.
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(Of course, I haven't driven the truck yet.[emoticon])


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Posted: 06/16/06 08:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

eddd wrote:

I haven't noticed any change.
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You had me going. [emoticon] [emoticon] I was about to box mine up and send them back. [emoticon] [emoticon]

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WHAT SALE???????







I need shocks.[emoticon]


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Posted: 06/17/06 07:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sailbad wrote:

WHAT SALE???????


Sam's Off Road


It's on their front page....looks like a really good deal...

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Posted: 06/17/06 07:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Brad,

You'll be able to do it in 30 min tops (all four); no need to take the wheels off.

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Posted: 06/17/06 07:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

my rancho 9000 are working great back set on 9 front set on three....dont change them when the camper is off either....

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DrJoeB wrote:

You'll be able to do it in 30 min tops (all four); no need to take the wheels off.

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You have obviously never seen me turning wrenches. [emoticon] [emoticon] [emoticon]

Slow don't begin to describe it. I spent 30 minutes just looking for my 18mm socket. [emoticon] [emoticon] [emoticon]

Hey, I work sloooooow, but I work cheeeeeeeap! [emoticon] [emoticon] [emoticon]

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