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.