After some time, the Bilstein shocks began to fade, and the springs began to lose their control of the load. I replaced the Bilsteins with some Rancho 9000 adjustable shocks and added Downey shackles to gain back some of the suspension performance that I was losing. The Ranchos seemed to help considerably in controlling body roll, and the new shackles allowed more articulation and helped to lift the rear back up a little bit, although the springs were really only sagging noticeably when loaded for a trip. At the time of this upgrade, I decided to address a notorious problem with the rear shocks on a lifted Tacoma. The problem arises when a suspension lift is added to the rear, thereby allowing the rear axle to articulate more. If the shocks are attached to the stock mounting locations, the side of the leaf packs will actually contact the shocks when a great deal of spring flexing occurs. This eventually results in a "dented shock can" whereby the shock body is damaged from the impact of the leaf springs. To see the installation of the Rancho shocks and a spacer modification to move the shocks inboard, click here

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