Re: New Rancho 9000's and still having a rough ride....
UPDATE: Forgot about this post I made a while ago, but incase in outsiders (or insiders) stumble upon this post.....
This issue was the Rancho 9000's.....they are not made for my truck, and were literally bottoming out everytime I hit a bump. That would explain the extremely rough ride. At the time, RockAuto had the listed as acceptable for my vehicle, but FORGOT TO MENTION that they can only be used in trucks that have torsion bars (not coil springs like my make and model).
Furthermore, some dumars at Rancho told me to cut out the factory drilled holes and complete the installation anyway. The guy assured me that my control arms had probably been replaced (even though I know they were stil factory).
Anyhow, I made the cuts outs on the bottom part of the shock (as directed by the manufacturer) and got them to fit. The problem was that they where the wrong part! And for all the smart ars' out there, the part LOOKS identical to the OEM shock, and even looks the same as the Gabriel Ultra's I have on there now.
DO NOT put these shocks on your truck unless you have torsion bars. I ended up snapping off the lower control arm mounting bolt. It was a complete pain to drill it out and make the needed adjustments to put the appropriate shock on.
I am happy to say that the Gabriel Ultra's were a lot cheaper and ride like a dream, however, Rancho still screwed me over. They are in the process of sending me a prepaid shipping container for all four shocks and will be giving me full refund. This does not make up for the damage that they caused to my truck....
Hope this post saves someone else the trouble in the future!
2000 Ranger XLT 3.0L V6