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Old 10-09-2006
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Shocks and Lift

Hi. I need shocks. I have my t bars cranked just to level out the front. The problem is that the stock shocks like to pull out of their mounts. Im going to need a new set of hardware soon along with shocls. I was trying to find longer shock but havent found any. I just need something thats and inch longer untill i lift the truck. My buddy also told me to get hyperflex bushings. He had the same problem and I guess it helped keep th shocks in place. Also whats up with body lifts? I heard dont do it. I do go offroading and sometimes catch some air. And lastly, what do u think of the RCD lift kit. I like it cuz it doesnt drop anything to lift the trucl like the superlift kit. Any info frome anyone will be greatly appreciated. Thanx

p.s.- 2003 4wd XLT 4.0 5-speed
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#1 search on suspension lifts its been hashed like hell about them...

another you do not need longer shocks with a t-bar crank it doesnt affect that like leveling blocks do on the older trucks. you might just have crappy shocks
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Your factory econotruck suspension is not designed for jumping. The front shocks are the rebound stops and they will not take that kind of abuse for very long. At the very least, you need limiting straps as the rebound control. Even so, you will probably continue to have trouble with the stock suspension if you jump it.

Longer front shocks will not change the above situation and may cause the stock front CV joints to bind. I was only able to get about 1/2" more rebound travel with mine before that became a problem.

Slightly longer rear shocks would be OK, but then you have to watch the compressed length. If the shocks bottom before the snubbers, you will damage the shock and/or the mounts.
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well i know jumping is bad but i dont do it intentionally. it happened on friday. i was going too fast on a trail and didnt see a a jump till it was too late. i got a couple of feet in the air. Thanx for the info guys.
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So i again the shock pulled out. I have had Ranch RSX shocks since i first put up this post. This is getting really annoying and i dont know what to do. I lost both upper and lower shock bushings and i dont want to have to buy a new shock just to get the bushings. Energy suspension doesnt make a shock bushing kit and the dealer doesnt sell the bushings separate from the shock. Arrrrg!!!!!

And know im not jumping 20' in the air but i do get the tires off the ground a bit.
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I have procomp es 9000s with limiting straps and it does the trick.
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Its a pain with my 4WD. I have little down travel as is. I had no problems when i didnt have the t-bar crank done. I dont want to spend too much because i night sell it so i emailed Rancho to see if i can get the hardeware kit by itself.
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Sounds like you just plan need new shocks and you need to start taking it a little more easier on your truck. I have had the front end off the ground a few times on my truck with a torsion bar crank and I have had no problems
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My friend had the same problem with his T100 so he started using the washers from the sway bar and has had no problem. The washer looks a lot stronger but are a little smaller than the washers that come with the shocks.

Well I hope i get everything fixed before our trip to Ocotillo Wells next Month. Crap, I might not be able to offroad.
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