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Old 03-15-2010, 12:23 PM
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well, you could 3 link it using a boge self leveling unit like the rovers have. they may be cheap enough now that they're ancient. Would be easy-ish to fab it in. ball joint type mount hole on top of diff and brackets to frame.
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:26 PM
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Rancho's suck... trade them for brady quinn
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:56 PM
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Here's what Roger runs:


He also makes these disconnects (only need one side done really):




They are a bit pricey. (not unreasonably, and well made, but money is money). 1/2" heims are about $14 each and I think I could fab the bars easily enough. That makes the center airbag an interesting concept, since any increased body roll would be controlled.

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Bar from Addco, I think they run ~$150 or so. Just disconnect one side and it eliminates the bar off-road. On my '85, I think a lot of the rear handling issues have to do with the way the springs ride. When I first put my current springs on, they had a decent arch and rode well. But as they have settled with time and flattened out more, they tend to get a lot of side-side action on the road. My thinking is the center air bag will lift the back end up a few inches, restoring the arch to the springs and letting them work better. As is, unloaded, the truck handles decent, it is just when you load down the rear end with gear that it gets a little sketchy. I lose about 2" of height in back loaded and that is when it starts to act up.
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Did you get (are these) new Deavers yet?
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Bill,

I have some of those fancy, smancy sway bar disconnects that came in the boxes of Toyota parts I got. You can have them if you decide to for sure go this route.
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Awesome, Randy... I will take them. Even if I have to lengthen them.

Mike, no, these are the Alcans I put on years ago. I did go with Alcans in the front, they are using thicker leaves these days. Seem to work pretty darn well. Once they break in I won't be (slightly) nose high.
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You aren't running the shocks upside down are you?
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Ironically, I AM running the fronts upside down (to make the adjusters accessible). They work fine. They are the RS99012s, while the rears are the older 5-way RS9012s.
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Ironically, I AM running the fronts upside down (to make the adjusters accessible).
I think Rancho shocks are supposed to be mounted body down, like you have them on your back. According to Roger Brown the RS5000 series shocks must be mounted body down for their valves to work but the RS9000 series doesn't matter. Even though everyone says with monotubes it doesn't matter (twintube have to be oriented correctly), I think shocks are designed for one orientation or another. I know with bike forks storing them upside down causes them to leak and ruin seals, so I would have guessed that similarly the oil is suppose to flow and settle in a vehicle shock seals in a particular way.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:04 AM
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I have read in numerous places - and Mike Caskey confirmed one day - that the 9000s or 99000s are fine upside down. In any event, it is the rears that are possibly giving me fits.
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