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safetyfast 07-31-2012 08:11 PM

Questions about shock install
I just got a set of Rancho RS5000 shocks for my '96 4wd. It's stock height and tire size. Wondering if I need to replace hardware, and if so, where to get the right bolts.

Next, the Ranchos are unlike other shocks I've installed. They are compressed and do not have any bands holding them compressed. No instructions came with them. Finally, is there any trick to installing the boots and how far down on the shock body should they go?

JDTECH 07-31-2012 10:07 PM

You shouldn't need to replace any hardware as long as it is good condition and not excessively worn and the threads are okay. I like to clean up suspension hardware with a wire wheel or brush and use a little anti-sieze during reassembly. Makes reassembly much easier. Not a bad idea to recheck the hardware after a few miles, either. Don't know what to say about the shocks being compressed other than it's probably how they're supposed to be. Rancho makes pretty decent stuff. On the boots, don't stretch them any farther than necessary to secure them on the tubes correctly. Probably no more than half an inch or so of boot on the tube and make sure the tie bands are good and tight.

safetyfast 08-01-2012 06:52 AM

That makes sense. Did a google search and that's just how the Ranchos are made. Sprayed some PB blaster on the hardware to get it ready for the project on Saturday.

sth7344 08-03-2012 11:47 PM

I changed my wifes shocks on her F150 with some ranchos and they were also compressed. Not hard just bolted up the bottom first then pulled the top eye into place and shoved the bolt in real quick. Just remeber to put the boot on first before you install the shocks on the truck. I made that mistake by getting in to much of a hurry.
Try not to slide the boot to far down the barrel cause it will stick and kind of fight you.

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