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9012 shocks?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by laketex, Jun 11, 2000.

  1. laketex

    laketex 3/4 ton status

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    Ok, I got the 3/4 ton axles under the truck with a 4" shackle flip and 4" Tuff country fronts. Ordered Rancho 9000 shocks for a 4" lift. Got the 1-2-3-free deal. The fronts are WAY too short for any travel, I'll have about 1" of down travel and maybe 6" up. that's terrible. They're not installed yet, thank god cause I just started hearing about these 9012 shocks. Rancho's website says nothing about them. Are they adjustable? Similar to the 9000? What? I sure don't want to install these shocks if I can send them back new and get what will really work. Doing modifications is no prob, I work in a fabrications shop. But knowing what to do is the issue. Thanks for any info you all have.

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  2. 88Jimmy

    88Jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    The 9012 shock is the same 9000 series shock.
    The 9012 shock has a closed length of 19" and open @ 33 1/2"
    Travel of 14.5 inches.
    As Shawn has said you need to use 80 Ford F250 front shock mounts. Rear would need to be set up like Depdog's


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  3. laketex

    laketex 3/4 ton status

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    That is exactly what I needed to know. And where in the world does one get 1980 F-250 shock towers? Junk yard? Is that really year specific, or some ford range that nobody knows since, well, it's a ford?

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    ken 1/2 ton status

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    Those Ford shock towers can be had new from Parts Mike (www.partsmike.com) for about $12 each. They are brand new, factory Ford. That's what I paid for mine about a year ago.

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    Shawn 1/2 ton status Premium Member Author

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    Hey Ken. You just saved me some $$$! I had just ordered the Ford shock towers from the dealer today which they wanted $40 each! I forgot about Parts Mike so I called and he only wanted $15.50. The Ford part # is 18183. Parts Mike phone # is 530-885-0673. This guy can get anything. I also ordered a spare pass. Dana 60 steering arm from him. Now I have to call the dealer and cancel my order.

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    Does anyone happen to have any pics of the front shocks? Depdog?

    Like em big and topless
     
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    I'm just wondering if there is a longer shock available. I'll have a 3" lift on the front and 4"shackle on the rear.
     
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    Thanks Shawn just ordered mine today

    Mike said there's been a run on these things for the last couple days
    Wonder why! Hehe

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    Thank Ken. I forget about the parts that Mike can get. He'll even give you some good advice sometimes. Yeah, I wonder why there's been a few orders of those lately... This should let you run the longer shocks up front. The 9012 are the longest shocks that Rancho makes. Even with my 6" of lift (and taller Dana 60 springs perches) the 9012 shocks are still too long for the Blazer in the front. I believe these Ford shock towers are bolt on. Depdog custom made his shock mounts and welded them on. Here's a picture of Depdogs front shock. Hope you don't mind Dep.

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    Can the Rancho 9012 be run upside down need to protect the air lines on the Rancho 9700

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    Sorry Ken.
    Parts Mike had nothing but good things to say about Ken

    Hey Ken your well Liked !!!

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    According to Depdog, he had called and talked to the tech rep. at rancho and found the shocks work perfect upside down, they will not leak and the only adverse affect it may have is that the first rebound or 2 after a long rest may be at 1 level weaker than the knob shows due to a little air in the shocks, after the first rebound or 2 everything is normal but he has never noticed this.

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    Gracias for the pic shawn. Guess I'll be sending mine back and picking up 9012s all the way around.

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    No problem but I need to thank Depdog for the pics he sent me. Here's another one of the Depdogs 9012 rear shocks. He runs a 4" lift/flip.

    Shawn
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    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Just ordered my shock towers yesterday, hey Shawn, Deps undercarriage looks as clean as yours. [​IMG]

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    Well, it was till I took it to Tellico.

    Depdog

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    Hey, thats what mine looks like, a mix of fluids and dirt baby! How do you like that rear shock setup Dep? Do your rear shocks bottom out at all?

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    If yall go to the project page of this site and look at project Beast, you can see the pics and more.

    Depdog

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    Answer the question man! Do your shocks bottom out under full spring compression? Inquiring minds want to know...

    Shawn
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    Not on the ramp, dont know on the trail, on the ramp, the front one had about 1/4" left of exposed shock shaft. I may tinker with the bottom mount to shorten it and move it at a different agle to get more compression.

    Depdog

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