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11k mile Rancho review

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I’ve had my Trail Boss for a year now and after 11k miles I figured I’d do a quick review of the Ranchos. They suck, the end.
 
I replaced my rear shocks within the first 2000 miles with bilsteins. I didn't do the front yet.
 
The stiff rear springs just amplify the lack of compression and rebound dampening of these shocks.
 
Brand new they were ok, but the more miles I put the bumpier the ride, especially within the past 3k miles. I can’t wait to swap them out for the Bilsteins
 
I'm under 9K miles and not impressed. Probably go Bilstein as well unless I find a spare pot of cash for some Rough Country Vertex or cheaper reservoir shocks/struts.
 
They are actually really good when under some weight. Pulling my trailer or hauling a heavy load in the bed makes things nice and smooth.

So you just need to drive around with a 5,000 pound trailer or a cubic yard of gravel in your bed. ;)
 
they seem fine to me - sure you can upgrade to anything you choose but they don't suck. I never understand people that buy a $50k+ truck then complain about how everything in it sucks. Buy a different truck
 
they seem fine to me - sure you can upgrade to anything you choose but they don't suck. I never understand people that buy a $50k+ truck then complain about how everything in it sucks. Buy a different truck
That’s the problem. For $50k they better put quality parts in it. Bilstein, and Eibach would’ve been better choices off the line, especially when the Boss is supposed to be a solid off-road capable truck. I don’t like hitting bumps and feeling like the rear end of the truck is about to come up off the road. New and for the first few thousand miles they were ok, but now yuck.
 
thats fair - the rear end does get skippy on bumps but you get allot for that 50k compared to say my old ride a tacoma that was MSRP 40k (no G80, no auto 4wd, no V8, 6.5k tow vs 9k tow, 17 mpg vs 18 mpg (and the taco is a weak V6) etc)

I think we can all find opportunities in the truck but i think as a package for the price the TB is still compelling to many
 
It's not just rear end bounce. That comes with the territory of a full frame leaf sprung solid rear axle vehicle. The front sucks as well. I was in a parking lot where it was dark and hit a dip in the drive that I didn't know was there and it bottomed out in the front. I've also had it bottom out hard on a pot hole in another parking lot. So much for being a tough off road truck!
 
So our trail boss is shared between my daughter and I and we also have a 2500 2022. I find the trail boss to be a pretty decent truck with not one little issue, it drives like a Cadillac compared to the 2500. I do believe the shocks could use some upgrading. It is a fairly loaded 6.2 and shadow gray, I consider it my little sports car of a truck.
 
Well yeah, it's GOING to ride much nicer than a 2500 since it has significantly softer spring rates!
 

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