replacing shocks.

Discussion in 'Suspension Tech' started by mcdonald58, Apr 18, 2012.

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    mcdonald58

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  4. klinger86

    klinger86 Moderator

    link no worky for me.... says the item has been removed....
     
  5. Rangeredgewhite

    Rangeredgewhite Ranger>Tacoma

    mine are stock and i got 130xxx
     
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    mcdonald58

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    mcdonald58

    mcdonald58 New Member

    i decided im going to go with those shocks i linked. they maybe later on get a set of leveling coils to replace my factory ones that will give me 1.5 in lift in the front. and maybe get blocks for the rear to lift it 1.5 in lift in the rear. i only intend to take the truck on light trails if at all. i cant go to high because i want to keep my mileage and its my dd.
     
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    mcdonald58

    mcdonald58 New Member

    do you guys think it is necessary to upgrade to nitrogen shocks. its 6 bucks a shock so 24 in total. i plan on using them mostly on the road. but possibly some light trails
     
  9. hazard-maine

    hazard-maine northern ranger driver

    im working on it at somepoint
     
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    mcdonald58

    mcdonald58 New Member

    alright guys i changed my mind once again. im going to be going with ranchos since they have a lot better reviews. i just need to get the conformation from rancho that they will fit if i put a 1.5 in leveling kit in front and possibly lift blocks in the back. thanks a lot for all your help ill update this thread once i make my purchase and get them installed.
     
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    mcdonald58

    mcdonald58 New Member

    i just ordered my new rancho rs5000 shocks for all around. i cant wait to get them and to stop bouncing all over the place whenever i hit a bump. now the real work begins... getting the rusted bolts lose on all the shocks and finding time to get the truck in the my school's shop. thanks a lot for all your help guys in making my decision ill update you guys once i get them installed.
     
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    mcdonald58

    mcdonald58 New Member

    i thought i would update the thread with my progress. installed the rear shocks by myself in my driveway about two weekends ago. i got the front shocks done today by my school's auto shop. i notice a difference its a lot more stiffer and i bounce like crazy when i hit a big bump.
     
  13. I dont have the bounce like crazy when I go over a bump, my tires are really planted on the ground with the new shocks , yours should get better maybe put a good load in the bed and drive it around, I put about a 1/2 ton of gravel in the bed right afterwards and it drives and feels great
     
  14. joedirt77

    joedirt77 New Member

    40,000-60,000. stand on bumpers bounce up and down, if it feels springy a lot of bounce they need replaced.
     
  15. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    I started to read every post but decided not to so if this has been said before sorry !
    I don't go bu miles to replace the shocks, I feel the ride of the truck if after a bump you get a few extra bounces then the SHOCKS need replacing.
    Another point, don't go by stock or lift kit lengths, always find the max length and collapsed lengths needed and buy accordingly.

    Reason: I was having a hell of a time with the ride quality of my truck after the SuperLift (SL) Kit was installed at maximum height with Coil-Overs in the front. Bump Steer was way beyond belief, almost browning the tighty-whiteies ! I tried new rear shocks based on SL Shock and no difference the Coil-Over Shocks in the front were as is, looked ok so I left them alone.
    After a few bump steer situations that almost screwed me up, I contacted a local off-Road Fab Shop and talked to them about what/who they used to determine the proper shock for each application. they directed me to Offload Warehoue, (ORW), so I went to talk to them. I told them my bump-steer problem and ride quality problem, told them I had put in a 31-spline rear Axle, and left the truck.
    Two days later I got a call, Truck would have been ready but they ran into a problem... wait... here it comes, right, not really, they told me my truck needed two different shock in the rear and the ones that were on there and the recently ordered new shocks were wrong. o_O ! Another day and the truck had new, different length shocks in the rear, rebuilt front shocks and a ride that was as good as when I got the truck with 24k on it.

    Talk about surprise, I heard the talk when they were telling me about my problem but until I rode in Little RED, I had no idea of what they actually did.

    My conclusion is this, "If you are riding stock height, go to the local parts store and get the brand of shocks that floats your boat, but if you are having a problem with ride, with bump-steer, and/or run a lifted truck... go to a specialist, (at least once), have the needed shock lengths verified and get known, reliable, workable shocks, that have been tested out on the road or trail. whichever you decide is right for you" !

    OK, I will get off the soapbox !

    Off-Road Warehouse got it done for me and I was completely surprised by the outcome ! Their pricing... yes high like everything else now-a-days but the results is where I am at !
    Good Luck to any and all people that do their own work but remember, "sometimes we need help beyond our abilities and finding a specialist isn't a bad thing" !

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