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2004 suspension upgrade project log

Finally started the suspension upgrade on my '04 4.0L RWD Edge. Started out simple with some new rear shocks. Tossed on some Rancho RS5000x on the rear to replace what I believe to be original motorcraft shocks. Im sitting at 180K miles, and these things were pretty nasty. When i compressed it by hand, it sounded like a 4 year old blowing bubbles in chocolate milk. Thats pretty bad, in my opinion. With the new Rancho shocks, the rear end doesn't bounce around as much on speed bumps, and I haven't taken the truck out to some pot hole filled streets of San Diego yet to see how the road quality feels.

Overall, took about 15 minutes a side to do the swap, so easy enough to do after work today. This weekend, I'll be heading to the junk yard to find a bronco or ranger rear sway bar to put on. Hopefully, the yards down here have at least one with the rear bar.

I'm currently waiting for my Fox coilovers to come in and get tuned from Down South motorsports, then I'll be doing the coilover conversion from Shawn's hard work. That one is getting a bit flashy, as I'll be powdercoating the brackets to match the eibach springs.

A few pictures from today. More to follow as I make the upgrades!
Original Motorcraft
Motorcraft vs. Rancho
New hotness thrown on
Eibach coil springs. Shawn's brackets will be powdercoated to match.

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