So, as some of you may remember, i won a set of RRD 2.0 emulsion shocks from Rock Krawler about this time last year.
More info on the shocks can be found here
Well, due to a few changes in my living situation and having to move into an apartment where they don't dig on people working on their cars in the parking lot, i had to put the install of the new shocks on the back burner.
I finally got around to getting them installed over the weekend at a fellow jeepers house who has doing a shock swap of his own. We installed a set of Rancho 9000 adjustable shocks on his rig and the RRD 2.0's on mine.
Initial impressions of the hardware:
These shocks are beefy as hell. There is no comparison in quality of parts between these shocks and the Bilstein 5100's i was running. These things are works of art.
I was also pleasantly pleased at how easy they were fit into the shock mounting brackets. The metal bushing liners in the Ranchos that we did first were a tad long and we had to really spread the brackets my friends jeep to get them in, in some cases it was real pita, in a couple he had to grind some of it away to make them fit properly. Not the case with the RRD shocks, they were a nice fit and made for a fairly easy swap. I also appreciate that they are built in a way to make them easy to tighten/loosed the top mount on the front shocks. Bilstein's allen bolt top end was a such a pita to get at when removing the old shocks.
Initial Impressions of the ride:
Street driving with the RRD's is so much more pleasant with these shocks that with the 5100's. It is a night and day difference. I really liked the 5100's on the trail, they are very stable and do a great job dampening, but they are a hard riding shock on the street. Little bumps in the road that my crappy 2007 Focus would glide over were jarring with the 5100's. They just weren't soft enough to handle city streets well. Sometime i could swear i could run over a quarter and tell if it heads or tails up on the road.
These RRD's are much smoother and don't jostle like the 5100's. But at the same time, i didn't notice any increase in roll when cornering; and i really threw it into some corners to see how they would handle in comparison to the Bilsteins.
I didn't get any side by side pics of the 5100's and the RRD's, and i'm kicking myself for it, but i'm going to get some measurements on the shock bodies today because it looks like i'm going to loose quite a bit of upward articulation and gain some droop due to a difference in the length of the shock bodies.
I've had some extended bumbstops on my to do list for some time and i'll get them installed prior to doing any wheeling in the spring. I definitely don't want to damage these shocks by bottoming them out, and it looks like it might be easier to bottom these out than the bilsteins based on their dimensions.
I'll see if i can get some comparison pics tonight before my brother and i start pressing in axle shaft seals in his D30.