Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Johnn123, Sep 29, 2013.
Shock swap day.
Time to see if those free Ranchos I got will bolt in.
D'oh! Yeah, I meant IAT, not IAC. Crap, I had one too many Natties by the time I typed that, LOL.
Got the shock swap done. Bilsteins out Ranchos in.
Drivers side was a bitch to get the one out. 3in lift shock is a bit long, had to loosen my MC to slip the tower by.
Truck rides good again, now to just get that bilstein to my friend so he can send it out for warranty.
You swapped your Bilsteins for Ranchos? Interesting. Were the Bilsteins worn or are the Ranchos (which are a lot cheaper...I think...) better?
Went for a drive with the relocated IAT. My butt dyno wants to say the truck has a little better throttle response but my brain is saying "eh..." I'll run it for a few days to let the computer get learned and stuff (I unplugged the battery before putting the stuff together). Man, those headers sure throw a ton of heat so I'm not sure if there really is a "cool" spot to place the sucker. I always wanted to get ceramic-coated ones but the good ones are expensive as hell and the cheap ones don't last, hence why I just went with uncoated deals which were cheaper yet.
Oh, and I tried to do my annual spark plug change. Turns out the driver-side header tube for cylinder 7, which does a loop-da-loop thing, is completely in the way and the only way to replace that plug is to remove the header. Dammit! No idea if the Remflex gaskets, nice as they are, are reusable so I'm just forgoing the plugs for now. If the gasket can't be reused, it's gonna run me at least thirty bucks for a new set. I'm thinking of just running the plugs for the rest of the year and maybe switching to long tubes, which don't have weird, "equal length" bends, next summer. Dunno yet. Has anyone else had clearance issues with spark plugs and headers?
Saturday I removed the rear coilovers and swapped in Monroe Gas Magnums. Sunday I swapped in a 180 tstat and rearranged my 2 coolant temp sensors that control the fan. Also removed the rear blocks on Sunday. Monday I removed the front level kit and swapped back to the Bilstein 4600 shocks over the 5100s. Rides SO much better.
Bilstein 4600's in the rear and Monroe Gas Magnums in the front?
Other way around
Gotcha. I'm just taking notes for future references. My shocks have about had it but my fuel pump is closer to taking a dirt nap. After I replace that I'm thinking the shocks will be next.
Forgot to also say that about a week ago I completely changed the exhaust. Went from the Carven TRs which didn't fit in a dual setup to a single Dynomax UltraFlow dual in/dual out that fits a bit better.
I swapped to Rancho because they were free and one of my Bilsteins blew a seal. Lolllololllllol
Truck rides better with the lighter shock.
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