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9012's ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by wayne, Jan 12, 2003.

  1. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    9012\'s ?

    Just curious if you can run the Rancho 9012's upside down?
     
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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    Pretty sure you can...

    I read here somewhere not to far back about someone that did inboard shocks in the read that had em upside down...

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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    yes. the 9000 series rancho shocks can be mounted however you like.
    9012 Info here
     
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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    I dont see why not.
     
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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    as read from the Rancho Link I posted above

    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />

    1. Can I mount the RS9000 upside down?

    The RS9000 are designed to operate in either direction. In most applications the position of the shock is determined by the vehicles mounting configurations. Rancho does not recommend nor warrant the use of shocks that are not specifically listed for your vehicle in the Rancho catalog



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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    "in my experience", i've done it both ways and with the body of the shock on the bottom i've had a much smoother ride. i know it's not supposed to make a difference but it did in my case.
     
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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    A friend with a heep just experienced the same thing... much better ride when he flipped 'em right side up (body down, shaft up).
     
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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    i don't see how it would make a difference. the 9000's are adjustable, so if it too harsh, dial it down.

    I have the 57" spings and my shocks set at "9" and my ride is still plenty comfortable.
     
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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    Set at 9? /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif You must have the new ones /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    I think it might be something to do with where the fluid is and isn't (which would have to mean gas pockets... not sure where they would come from in a good shock). Basically, I think you end up with a bit of a "dead zone" where there is some slop in the shock.

    All theory, though. I might be blowing more smoke than a F*rd.
     
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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    yup, RS99036's. The rear is actually softer then the front, IMHO. the front still bounces a bit, but the rear just soaks it up. THe f-150 springs have a lot to do with that, i'm sure.
     
  11. Greg72

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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif Placebo Effect......? /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif


    There's no technical reason why they would ride differently, but sometimes when we EXPECT something to be better....we can convince ourselves that we "feel" something and then characterize it as "better"....

    Who knows? I run mine "backwards" and think it's just fine. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    I thought only mono tube gas charged shocks could be mounted up-side down. Are 9000's gas charged?
     
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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    I've been running mine for 4 years already up-side down without any problems......
     
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    Re: 9012\'s ?

    DD,

    From the Rancho FAQ:



    "2. Are the RS9000's gas-charged?

    No, The RS9000 are not a gas pressurized shock. Gas charging is of several methods by the shock absorber industry to control the internal fluid.

    3. If they're not gas, what does "Cellular Gas" mean?

    Cellular gas technology is a high quality closed cell foam material. Cellular gas technology allows 100% oil fill of the shock absorber that increases heat dissipation, reduces heat fade and allows the shock to operate in either orientation."


    I don't claim to know much about shock technology, so once I read from the manufacuturer that it was OK to run them upside down (which is what I wanted) then I stopped caring about the "reasons", and just moved on to the next one of my million projects to do!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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