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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-25-1999, 12:35 AM
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Shocks?

Does anyone have any suggestions on what brand of shocks, both front and rear, to put in my 85 Ramcharger? Also does anyone have any advise on how to cure back end sag?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-25-1999, 09:57 PM
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Re: Shocks?

i recently bought an '85 rc, and had a sagging rear end.
i installed air shocks for just a little more than regular shocks. now it's not sagging and i can adjust when hauling. i put gas shocks on the front. all from pep boys.

still rides like a truck, but at least it's level.

good luck,
nick

post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-27-1999, 03:57 PM
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Re: Shocks?

I have a friend running a set of Black Diamond M/T's i think they are on his 94 Ram, and he just loves them both on and off the road!

my 2 cents worth?

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 11-01-1999, 04:07 PM
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Re: Shocks?

To bring the back end of your RC up I would try a set of helper springs, you can get them at almost any good parts house. For shocks if your RC has any lift go with Rancho 5000, or if you really want to spend $$ Rancho rs 9000. Both are really good shocks with or without lift. Good luck!!

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If you rock crawl, or possibly even some mudding, most any decent shock will do. You have to match the shock to your use. I've been flamed many times for this, but if you want shocks for hard driving, remember, heat is the enemy of the shock. If you are a hard-charging desert driver, use only Bilstein, Fox, or KYB, or something else of that quality. As we speak, the pros and their mechanics here in El Cajon, are getting ready to leave for the Baja race. I can assure you since I just returned from speaking to one of the mechanics for a big time racer, who just finished building my suspension, that everyone of them will tell you, at least privately, to use Bilsteins, or maybe Fox. Every truck, Toyota, Bronco, whatever in the shop I left today was wearing Bilsteins. I hate to make the person that suggested Ranchos angry, but it angers me when a company like Rancho "owns" the mags with their ads and sponsorships and sells mediocre shocks to people who don't know any better. I can see some use for the adjustable 9000s, especially in a mult-purpose vehicle, but the 5000s are, well, let's just say "Don't buy them". They are an average "Monroe" shock without a gas piston, and will do you no better than any other mediocre shock. Also, unless sponsored by Rancho, you will never see a Rancho suspension or shocks on a top level desert racer....... Of course, for general wheeling, real expensive Bilsteins are not necessary......ok, let me have it....

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Re: Shocks?

I've got a '93 RC 1/2 ton 2wd & backend sags. They don't make a helper spring for the RC's....I'm pretty sure, because Dodge has their axle under the leaf spring not over like other trucks or universal helper springs. I'm going to try air shocks in the rear before I spend a lot of dough in new springs.

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I found (in JC Whitney) some "add-a-leaf" pairs you can get for front or back for only about $55 per pair. Not a bad price, and that would level the truck.

post #8 of (permalink) Old 11-19-1999, 01:31 PM
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Re: Shocks?

i have helper springs on my rear springs that bolt on top of the spring and then have bolts that come down around the springs.

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