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post #1 of 23 Old 11-18-2007, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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add a leaf kit needed?

Hi guys just got a bit of a problem, or i think its a problem anyways. Below is a picture of the front shocks on my truck.




Now, this is just sitting there empty, no extra weight on the truck at all, and the shock is almost fully compressed. The shocks are rancho rs5000s, that were just put on last week. And they are the ones that canadian tire has on the books for this truck, but it doesnt seem right... because if i put a plow on the front end(or three people in the front seat), theres gonna be no travel room at all, and end up ruining some stuff. Anyone had this problem with their shocks? And would a leveling kit solve the problem, maybe 2, 2.5 inches? or should i just ditch the shocks and try something else. Any and all opinions are welcome

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i'd say you got the wrong shocks, but a leveling kit would give you some extra room on the shocks. the correct way to go is up to you, but even 2 inches of lift might not be enough.



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I had thought i got the wrong ones too, but according to the part numbers i have, these shocks are the right ones rancho makes for. the problem with them might be the fact they are designed to work with a stock height truck, or a truck with up to 4 inches of lift. if it can work for 4 inches of lift, it would make sense(somewhat..) for them to have be this low on a stock truck.

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Hmmm they do look too long, prolly for a 4" lift?

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Yeah. So looks like im gonna have to see if i can get an affordable lift for her then. Any suggestions? Im thinking leaf springs in the short term....

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Since it's only been a week could you go back and explain their not the right shocks and you would like the right ones? Or were they ordered?

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Maybe Im stating the obvious, but until you tell us, or provide a photo showing the clearance between the bump stock and the front axle, nobody has any idea how low it is riding.
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Since it's only been a week could you go back and explain their not the right shocks and you would like the right ones? Or were they ordered?
They were ordered in for me, not something they normally carry, now i work there so i might be able to return them still, have to speak to my boss... but i dont have my hopes up.

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Maybe Im stating the obvious, but until you tell us, or provide a photo showing the clearance between the bump stock and the front axle, nobody has any idea how low it is riding.
Allrighty, heres a pic of the bump stop.


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those shocks look to small... some lift springs are gonna be your best bet...
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those shocks look to small... some lift springs are gonna be your best bet...
Allright.. so what kinda lift can i get with springs? and for what price? My biggest downfall is i live in nova Scotia, Canada, so getting things shipped is redicoulous

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