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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-16-2003, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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Another trip to exchange shocks

Well, I made my 6th trip to O'Reilly's yesterday to exchange my ranch 5k's. I noticed a REAL strong vibration while traveling down the road. So I stopped and checked my tires. While I was checking my front pass. tire I noticed that my shock was loose. I went to tighten it up yesterday and realized that the nut hasn't loosened up, the top rubber bushing "exploded"/"shredded". Well, I was a little irritated then, so I went to take off the shock to change out the bushing. As I was doing so I noticed that the nut was super hard to turn, but I kept at it. Eventually I got it up enough to fit a ratchet on it, and began turning away. Then all of a sudden it let loose! I was like, "Great I stripped the nut out"!!! I was a little mad at this point, THEN I realized that I didn't. Instead of something like that, I twisted the threads off! So I through on my front shocks (dual shock setup) that had been sitting in my house and went to town. I should be getting them in tomorrow.

[crosses fingers] hopefully the will be the right ones.

Also, as I was putting on the front shock, I noticed that the metal sleeve that fits in the bushing is too small for the post. I figured I didn't need it though because the part that the shock fits on isn't threaded. Is this ok/normal, or should I take it back off today when I get the other one on?
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Re: Another trip to exchange shocks

You don't use the metal sleeve on the post-mount shock.
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Re: Another trip to exchange shocks

Thanks! I was a little worried.

Another stupid question: I was in a little bit of a hurry yesterday to get to town before they closed and I just left the boot off of it. Would you guys recommend me going ahead and putting that back on?

One more thing that popped in my head: My RS5117's have a nut on the bottom of the stem to grab ahold of with a wrench to keep the whole thing from turning. I noticed that my RS5179's do not have that same nut, what's up with that? I had to get some needle nose in there to tighten it up!
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Re: Another trip to exchange shocks

all the shocks that i have installed on both of my broncos have had those nuts that u are talking about i dont know what to say maybe they forgot them or some dumb thing like that.
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Re: Another trip to exchange shocks

Another stupid question: Answer, your choice, like to bling bling, put them on.


One more thing that popped in my head: Answer... if you mean the stud end of the shock (vs. the eye end) it should have two bushings, two metal round cups for the bushing, and one nut. Put one bushing below and one above the mount to the coil tower (along with metal cup for each), then screw nut on. the very tip of the stud will have dual flat spots for a small wrench. Screw nut, hold wrench on flat end. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN. You should not squash the bushing. It only gets tight enough to lightly compress the bushings against the metal cups. The directions should mention this. If you fear the nut will loosen (has never happened to me), put a dab of locktite blue on the threads.

Anything else popping in your head? [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]


Edit: if you get totally fed up with stud mount shocks take a look at my superford site at a fairly simple conversion to eye mount at the coil tower end.
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Thanks Juice, maybe I should get my shock boots platinum plated for some extra bling,bling [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I never thought of using that flat part at the top of the stud. How could something so obvious be so oblivious to me?

I went last night to pick up the shock. AND OF COURSE I HAVE TO COME BACK TODAY!! He brought out the box and it was the right shock, but apparently it was a return. It only included the shock, the boot, and the zip tie. It was missing the nut, both rubber bushings, metal sleeve, both "cups", and the handy dandy sticker (I can'ts go with out my stickas, just kidding). Man, that place is really starting to get on my NERVES!!! The guy said that he'd order like five of them and I should be able to get at least one good one outta the bunch. I'm wondering why I haven't gotten a discount on them suckers yet, I mean 7 times is just too many 30mile round trip drives for just a simple shock upgrade.

-sorry I had to rant a little- [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
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Yea, so I guess you don't have much choice on any other shops? There have to be more around. you never know, the little shop you think is a POS hole in the wall, (no bling bling like 4WPH) could have the PERSON in it that is very knowledgeable, hands on, knows what he/she is talking about, and is willing to spend the time to do it right, at a reasonable price. Hey, I know just the place, too bad it's only a couple thousand miles from you. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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I went there because my sis-in-law works there and I thought I could get a discount, well that didn't work out and I was a little pressed for time, so I just ordered from them anyway. The only other shop that I know of that carries rancho (besides 4wp) is in a town 30miles away instead of 15miles away. Looking back, I should have gone with them because everything else I order comes from them, I guess I just had a blonde moment that day (not that I'm blonde, don't get the wrong impression here). Of course now that I have 'em I guess I'm stuck to dealing with their crappy customer service. I tell you what though, if I can help it, I'm not going back there (although my warn premiums have worked out alright).
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Most chain stores carry Rancho...Pep Boys, Sears, etc...
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That's what o'reilly's is. The only other chain store around is autozone, but they don't carry rancho. And I doubt napa would either, but I might get surprised. Oh well, too late now.
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