Rancho 9000's

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 14:04
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Hello all. Have just fitted some adjustable rancho 9000's to my 100 series diesel. The fitter suggested I weld some sort of protection bracket around the adjusting knob as they were prone to being broken off whilst 4wding. Has anyone experienced this.
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Reply By: Truckster - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 16:37

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 16:37
No but take teh adjusters apart and see if they have an O Ring in them, none of mine did from new, and the adjuster seized..

Also keep your docket handy, there seems to be an increasing # of 9000's getting replaced under warranty lately... Mate is on his 3rd set, IM waiting for mine to be replaced as we speak, only been a month+....
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Reply By: Kev. - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 18:05

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 18:05
What i did was to face the adjuster knob on the rear shock in towards the wheel.
Its not as easy to get at to adjust but will save it being knocked off by rocks ect.
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Reply By: diamond - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 18:16

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 18:16
its an amazing thing advertising you can advertise anything in the right way and people will go out and buy it ranchos are american made for american conditions no good here just think ford explorer
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Follow Up By: Voxson - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 20:56

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 20:56
Why are they no good here?_____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 5th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: Kev. - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 22:44

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 22:44
The Ranchos do have some problems but i doubt its because there American made.

If they were made in Japan i would agree.
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Follow Up By: Rusty - Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 13:53

Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 13:53
Most americans will probably disagree, but. Most of their off road driving is done on sand or those wide open plain type places. It is a known fact in the motoring world that this great place called Oz has the worst and roughest roads in the world. The majority of the big car makers actually do alot of sercret testing of new models here for that very reason.

So that is why things like shocks and springs etc or any component for that matter that is going to take a pounding is always better made if it is made here to our spec's
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 14:00

Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 14:00
Rusty.

Hate to blow your bubble, but USA has the hardest rock crawling on the planet. Also the most serious, and probably the most of it.

Search for Rubicon Trail and have a look at some pics.

or www.pirate4x4.com I think it is...
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Follow Up By: Rusty - Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 14:39

Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 14:39
Now they are some really neat pic's. But it also proves my point. Nice big smooth rocks for crawling over. Not the harsh rutted roads, fire trials etc we have here. We have a lot of hard sharp types of rocks. such as granite and shale etc that when broken up do alot of damage to the under body of a vehicle. Wasn't it you who said about a mate on his third replacement piar of US shocks, I bet they wouldn't have a problem over there even on those nice rock crawling rocks.

Is my buble still bursted
Good english huh
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 18:25

Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 18:25
Big Smooth Rocks?? LOL... SO they dont have sharp hard rocks (whats a soft rock when its hittin ya!!)

They haev just as many rutted tracks over there as we have, if not more, since theres more land, and most trucks over there run swampers and boggers etc that rip up the ground more.

Yes Jason is on his second set but they are dead.. hes replacing them with Non Australian Konis. Hes a traveller/tourer but likes a weekend in the High Country too.. The point is they should last. Any shock on the aussie market should last.

Why wouldnt Ranchos have a problem on their rocks?

Finally yes it is.
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Reply By: Chip - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 19:01

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 19:01
protection bracket is a good idea as my adjusting knobs have been hammered by gravel and look pretty well stuffed. As a matter of fact I can hardly recognise that I've got new shockies on.Chip
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Follow Up By: Pip - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 16:31

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 16:31
Easier than welding up a bracket, I have just clamped a bit of rubber matting onto the Ranchos with a zip-tie. The gravel and stones bounce off (same principle as the rubber boot over the shaft) and I can simply lift the rubber to get to the adjuster.
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