Ysb, isn't that the same corner that was broken before? Either odd coincidence or something's up with that corner?
Yeah, same corner with the broken bolt, but after an afternoon of hammering the bolt head I got it tightened in. For the past week, every time I drove it I checked it for loosening and it seemed fine. I took it offroad on Tuesday without issues. We even went much further that day. On Wednesday after only maybe 10 miles it broke.
I reviewed it several times trying to think of a way I messed it up. There are only three bolts holding it it place. Two up top, one at the bottom. I can't get it upside-down. I can't get it backwards because I wouldn't be able to access the adjustment knob.
You think there is something that I could have done wrong? In a weird way, I'm hoping it was something I did so I won't lose confidence in the shock later. I really don't want to have to inspect it every time I stop.
My gut feeling assuming all else is good on your jeep and you're sure it's the right length is you just got a bad luck one...
The guy at the store said he's only seen it twice in his almost 20 years working in offroad shops.
The hardware was still in place, so I can't see how installation could have been a problem. I really want to believe there isn't something I did that could have caused that. It just seems so unlikely that a good shock would break under those conditions.
We weren't even going fast. Probably less than 10 MPH because I slowed to see if there might be a thin cable between those poles that was difficult to see.
I do tend to drive like someone is chasing me. Kind of sad considering I get passed by school buses. It all started way back in the mid 90's. I was 23 or 24 with extra money and good credit. I bought the last year Chevy made the ZR1 Corvette.
I sold it and have been trying to get the same power out of every vehicle I've owned since.
Like you said, pretty much impossible to install wrong and only 3 bolts. Far from rocket science. I'm betting you just got a bad shock. I worked in the suspension industry for 8 years myself. 4 of those years we used bilstein product. The last 4 with a different employer we used shocks made by gabriel. I've only seen one like that myself but it was due to improper use.
I still think you just got a fluke shock. I wouldn't stress too much about it. Rancho has a good name and is a big company supported by a MASSIVE parent company. (Tenneco) If it was common they wouldn't be where they are in that industry.
I'm still interested in stripping that truck if anyone else is interested. I'm not really sure where it is and am weary to go by myself after hearing the warnings of YSB. If anybody else is down lets go.