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Hi Steve,
Glad they’re working out for you. I never had good luck with Ranchos. Good shocks until they fail which happened twice on our 2003 Excursion. Went with Bilsteins after that and never looked back.

Yoly and I were discussing a possible upgrade of our Ram 2500’s rear shocks. I had done some research on the Ranchos but now have to consider the Bilsteins as well. Thank you !
While on the subject of upgrading, can anyone recommend a reasonable outlet for having them installed. I’ve never had reasonable quotes on labor from the local Ram dealer. They wanted $350 to replace the headlight assemblies (labor). Took me about 40 minutes !

I have nothing bad to say about Bilsteins having had them for years on multiple vehicles. I went with the Ranchos this time in part based on their reviews and in part based on the encouragement to give them a try based on suggestions from the slide-In truck camper forum on the Ford Truck Enthusiasts website.

We bought our current F350 long bed used and when I first complained about how hard it rode I kept hearing “well its a big truck what do you expect” (already had owned anF350 dually and this was much worse), so we tolerated it for several years.

It rode as though it had no front suspension I think largely due to the plow spring option of the previous owner (never plowed, just thought with the camper package he should order it also). Now with the Ranchos it is a night and day difference. The one thing I do like is the adjustability of the Ranchos as folks are changing the setting when they are hauling versus running empty and that takes only a minute or two. A couple of folks said by changing the setting they also could do away with porpoising, something we have not had a chance to test with this constant rain. As I said, time will tell. 🙂

Steve and Andra
2012 F350 6.2 gasser SRW LB
Fab Fours front and rear in case we run into a rhino
2019 Northstar Laredo SC