This is the new passenger-side RS 9000X shock absorber. We opted for Rancho's RCX Remote D
As with most IFS suspension systems, the H3 kit includes a pair of aft braces to bolster t
To mount the aft braces, the transfer-case skidplate must undergo some minor trimming and
The secret to keeping the torsion bars level and tucked in close to the frame are the tors
Rear lift is accomplished via new low-friction competition leaf-spring packs that simply b
Attitude Performance technician Jim Cryer installed the RCX Remote Damping Control System
Cryer mounted the RCX Remote Damping Control System's gauges and controls in the center co
It wasn't that long ago when most IFS kits took 16 or more hours to install and required gobs of cutting and welding. Those days seem to be fading. This H3 kit took the guys at Attitude Performance less than six hours to install (not including professional alignment), and as you've already learned it required only a minute amount of cutting and absolutely no welding. Naturally, that time would've been even less if we hadn't slowed the process by convening numerous photo sessions. After we completed the installation we ran the H3 through maneuvers at our Secret Illinois Test Facility. As advertised, the Rancho kit provided ample room for a set of 37x12.50R20LT BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires (in our case, mounted on black 20x8.5 Zyoxx ZX2 wheels).
During testing, no tire-to-body contact occurred in off-highway travel even though we didn't modify the front air dam, fascia, or inner fender as recommended. Both on- and off-highway it was no surprise that the overall ride of the H3 was stiffer than stock, yet it wasn't uncomfortable. By the same token, we dropped the front end off of some 12- to 15-inch ledges and the front suspension absorbed the impact quite well, which allowed smooth absorption of the vehicle's weight without an overly jarring impact. During testing we experienced no driveline vibrations, and the rack-and-pinion steering retained its excellent response and good overall feel.
The kit provides an advertised 4 inches of lift, which improves the H3's already impressive approach and departure angles appreciably. Further, the Rancho/Realift torsion-bar relocation technology eliminates the low hanging torsion bars so often associated with IFS suspension lifts. Clearly, keeping the torsion bars tucked in close to the vehicle results in improved ramp-over as well as ground clearance.
In stock form, the 111.9-inch-wheelbase H3 traveled 50 inches up a 20-degree RTI ramp, logging a score of 447 points. After the installation of the kit, the H3 traveled 47 inches up the ramp, logging a score of 420 points. Naturally, this loss of travel raised some eyebrows. Rancho says this: "The leaf-spring package that we originally released for the H3 was not exactly what we were after given the extremely soft rate of the original equipment springs. At the time, it was the best available.
The reason for the difference in the RTI scores is primarily due to a higher-rate leaf-spring package along with excessive jounce bumper interference. We have since tweaked the rear spring design and included an updated jounce bumper bracket to correct for and maximize ramp travel (articulation)." They also noted that they would be happy to supply the updated components to any readers who are not completely satisfied with their Rancho H3 suspension system.
Wheel and Tire Specs for Rancho Suspensions H3 Kit (RS6588B)
Suggested tire diameter (in): 35
Maximum tire diameter (in): 37 (will require some trimming of the front air dam/fascia and inner fenderwell for clearance)
Maximum tire width (in): 12.5
Minimum wheel diameter (in): 16(this kit does not allow for reuse of the OEM wheels)
Maximum recommended wheel backspacing (in): 4.5 (16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheels); 5.0 (20 inches and above)