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am i an idiot, or are rancho shocks really weak?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by colbystephens, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. colbystephens

    colbystephens 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    so i was installing my new ranchos today and torqing them down to the proper spec according to hanes manual: 65lbs. the bushing on the upper eye of the shock which sticks out about 1/2" or so was totally ruined - just crushed and split under the pressure. What's wrong here? did i screw up, or do they just suck? i'm hoping this will be covered by the lifetime warranty. we'll see. any ideas?
     
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    did you make sure you had the bushing inner steel sleeve in it?
     
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    colbystephens 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    i don't think i did. there wasn't anything extra in the box. just to attempt to make myself clear, there was, of course, the shock, then the rubber bushing, and then a metal sleeve/bushing inside that which stuck out aout a 1/2 inch. the OE hardware fit thru this sleeve perfectly - it could not have fit thru another sleeve b/c of a smaller diameter. should they have provided hardware and a second sleeve w/ smaller diameters? that would strike me funny.
     
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    I had some and the bolt ended up coming out, and ruined the bushing. I took it back to advanced auto and they gave me a new shock. I think 65 ft-lb is alot for a shock. I'd use some type of lock nut.
     
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    ok - so if 65lbs is too much, what should i torque it down to?
     
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    If you use lock nuts, I'd go just past snug. I don't use my torque wrench for shocks.

    Oh, you might wanna use some locktite aswell.
     
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    thanks! now i just have to muster the cajones to go into the 4x4 shop and show them what i did and try to get them to replace 'em.:( 80 bux is a lot of cash. i'm thinking i should've gone with those $15 shocks suggested previously in this thread. live and learn - the expensive way.
     
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    oops. those $15 shocks i mentioned must have been mentioned in my other thread - the poll about how many shocks to run up front.
     
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    I dont use a torque wrench either but if I had to guess I'd say about 40 ft. Lb.'s. And yeah use a touch 'o loc tite. I've had my nuts rattle off on the trail. ( painfull )
     
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    I've had some rough dealings with Monroe lately. Shocks coming with parts missing (spacer sleeve for front, bolt for rear). I'll never use them again. I'd rather spend the money on Bilsteins.
     
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    i hate it when that happens. ouch!:wink1:

    thanks for all the tips tho. we'll happens at the 4x4 shop.
     
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    Can't you just replace the bushing? Is there really a need to get a whole new shock?

    Ira
     
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    you've got a good point. this could be done on the one that i busted b/c of torquing it down to proper spec. on the other, however, which was the first shock which i attempted to install, i wasn't really looking at the shock, i was just listening for the click of my torque wrench (which was set WAY too high), and instead i first heard the sound of gas escaping from the shock cylinder. so replacing the bushing on that one isn't really an option. and i'm hoping the other one will be replaced altogether free of charge b/c i tried to install it with the proper torque of the manual. otherwise, we'll see what i have to do.
     
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    I'll bet it is! :shocked:
     
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    ok, so muddytazz helped me push the sleeves out of those two busted shocks today - and so i'm just going to replace those sleeves. i just want to ease my nerves tho about one of the shocks and ask this: the thing that alerted me to overtorquing the first shock was that i thought i heard the sound of gas escaping from the shock. now, i can't imagine why this would have caused a leak in the shock as it is only the sleeve in the shock which was damaged on the (forgive my technical language) plunger end of the shock - not the end with the chamber. should i be concerned about this?
     
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    Probably just your imagination. If gas had really came out of it, then there would be oil coming out with it.
     
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    i like that response. :D thanks.
     

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