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Unread 01-23-2009, 07:47 PM   #1
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Opinions of Rancho 1.5" leaf springs?

I don't think that I've ever heard ANYTHING about Rancho's YJ 1.5" lift kit. Have you?

My YJ is sitting on the original springs, and they need an upgrade. Since it's a street driver and a plow vehicle, I'm not too worried about flexibility. I run 215/75R15 BFG's (little guys!!!)

I have $300 in Q-tec gift cards, so I am naturally tempted to try this kit out...
http://www.quadratec.com/products/16031_009.htm

...but since we all KNOW that "you get what you pay for", I have to wonder...


I don't want any opinions on BDS / OME / RC / etc. springs. They're great, I know. How are Rancho 1.5" lift leaf springs?

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Unread 01-23-2009, 07:48 PM   #2
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We have 2.5" Rancho springs on our truck. I know it's a bit taller than you're talking about, but we like 'em. Went in easy enough (once we got the old ones out). New shocks helped a ton as well.
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Unread 01-24-2009, 09:18 AM   #3
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Went in easy enough (once we got the old ones out).
Thanks for the info...yeah, getting the old ones out will be lots of fun, I'd guess...

Anyone else have any experience with Rancho springs?
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Unread 01-24-2009, 10:27 AM   #4
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My Rancho 2.5 springs have been on the Jeep since 1995. They still work great and have had very little sag over the years. My only advice is not to use Rancho 5000 shocks. They are way to stiff and ride very rough. I now use Skyjacker Hydro shocks and the ride is much better.
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Unread 01-24-2009, 10:34 AM   #5
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Anyone else have any experience with Rancho springs?
Yep, but most of it is very old experiance.

Way back when, I think 2-3 previous owners ago, I worked at Rancho in their Suspension Products Division (although I did many other jobs while employed there). This was when Keith, Gene & their Father Clarence Shook owned Rancho, while it was still in Long Beach, CA. Old man Ding, and the Martinez brothers (Avery & Curtis) still worked their if that tells you anything about how long ago it was.

I had my fingers in the development of suspension products with everything from Jeep, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, International, Scout, Toyota, Datsun/Nissan, to Mazda, heck even some one-off race stuff for various drivers we sponsored.

Our leafs were designed here, by us - but were manufactured in Japan. Our shocks were built by Gabriel of Canada. Our ubolts were made locally in the Los Angeles area (actually Paramount IIRC) by a company called M-West Mfrg.

We were the premier offroad suspension builder back in the day. We were #1 in the world...till hands started changing & things went in different directions.

Once that started to happen - I decided to jump ship after getting a call at home from Mickey Thompson [R.I.P.]. I quit Rancho and began working for Mickey Thompson, in his suspension products facility in Fountain Valley, CA. MUCH better place to work for. Ahh, those were the days.
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Unread 01-24-2009, 12:44 PM   #6
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1.5" rancho springs were there first springs i ever put on my jeep they work well and rode way better than worn out stockers. My old springs are currently on my moms jeep running 30" bfg at's and probably has a good 80,000 plus miles on em with only a little from sag. They should fit your needs as a good stock replacement.
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Unread 01-24-2009, 02:33 PM   #7
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Yep, but most of it is very old experiance.

Way back when, I think 2-3 previous owners ago, I worked at Rancho in their Suspension Products Division (although I did many other jobs while employed there). This was when Keith, Gene & their Father Clarence Shook owned Rancho, while it was still in Long Beach, CA. Old man Ding, and the Martinez brothers (Avery & Curtis) still worked their if that tells you anything about how long ago it was.

I had my fingers in the development of suspension products with everything from Jeep, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, International, Scout, Toyota, Datsun/Nissan, to Mazda, heck even some one-off race stuff for various drivers we sponsored.

Our leafs were designed here, by us - but were manufactured in Japan. Our shocks were built by Gabriel of Canada. Our ubolts were made locally in the Los Angeles area (actually Paramount IIRC) by a company called M-West Mfrg.

We were the premier offroad suspension builder back in the day. We were #1 in the world...till hands started changing & things went in different directions.

Once that started to happen - I decided to jump ship after getting a call at home from Mickey Thompson [R.I.P.]. I quit Rancho and began working for Mickey Thompson, in his suspension products facility in Fountain Valley, CA. MUCH better place to work for. Ahh, those were the days.
that is so cool
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Unread 01-24-2009, 02:39 PM   #8
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Yeah - kinda gives away my old age.
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Unread 01-24-2009, 02:48 PM   #9
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Havent you worked everywhere Joe lol
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Unread 01-24-2009, 09:41 PM   #10
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That is really cool, Joe...and thanks for the background.

Anyone else with other opinions on Rancho's current spring quality? (Just a few more pushes and I'll be taking a ride over to West Chester to make a pick-up!!)
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