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It's Joe from AmericanTrucks and today we're going over Rough Country Premium N3 Rear Shocks for factory ride height all the way up through 3.5-inch lift, fitting all '09 and newer F150s and 2010 to 2018 Raptors. Now, this is gonna be a great option for you if you're looking to upgrade your rear shocks with a pair that's basically gonna be able to do it all. They come at a budget-friendly price tag, they're capable of taking a lot more abuse off-road and they're also perfectly comfortable doing some daily driving.So, diving into the premium N3 shock, let's go over some numbers first, but suffice to say this is gonna be bigger all-around in your factory shock and we're going to get the two side by side in just a second here and really point out the differences. But this one is gonna feature a 54-millimeter diameter shock body. It's 6061 aluminum which is good stuff, very durable and lightweight as well. It's got a silver powder coat finish and you got the Rough Country logo in a sticker right here on the side. Up top, we have a chrome-hardened steel piston rod that's 18 millimeters in diameter and inside of this shock, we have a 35-millimeter piston.Now, both this shock and the factory shock, at least on our '18 F150, both of them are going to be what's called a nitrogen gas or a high-pressure gas charge shock. Now, what that means is there's some high-pressure gas in the shock body basically pressing on the hydraulic fluid. And in theory that's supposed to prevent any air bubbles from forming. Air bubbles forming in the shock fluid that's also referred to as cavitation. Now, we all know air compresses easier than hydraulic fluid and that is exactly what leads to shock fate. Now, this being a high-pressure gas charge shock basically means that that's not going to happen, and this is going to be able to take the abuse way longer than a hydraulic shock would. Now, a nitrogen charge isn't the only thing this shock has going for it. That hydraulic fluid in there is military-grade stuff. It's actually rated all the way down to negative 40 degrees Celsius. So, no matter what climate you live in, this is going to be able to perform just fine.Now, on top of that this is also just a little bit longer than the factory shock. But this is intended to deal with a factory ride height truck all the way up to a 3.5-inch lifted truck. And that's actually gonna come down to the 10 stage valving in this shock, just gonna be a little bit more efficient in that fully extended range like you see right here. And all in all, it's gonna be able to take a giant lift and take the abuse that comes with that. This is all gonna come together to basically give you a shock that's gonna be able to do anything you want it to do, perform off-road a little bit better than the factory stuff, yes, but if you do do daily driving, which most of us do, we use our trucks as tools to get to and from work every single day, this is gonna be able to soak up the highway just fine as well.Now, another thing these are gonna be great for is if you have one of the older model year trucks, you might notice that your shocks are a little bit worse for wear. At a hard launch, it's squatting a little bit, you might be bottoming out your shock as you go over bumps. If you're noticing any sort of leaks, you're looking to get rid of the factory stuff and upgrade at the same time, this is gonna be a perfect option for you.Price tag isn't too bad either, only looking about 90 bucks for the pair. So again, a great upgrade. If you're coming from factory shocks and you're looking to get a little bit more suspension underneath the rear your truck, these are gonna be a great option and even included in that price is Rough Country's three year warranty.So, let's get to the good stuff, let me show you how to get these installed on your truck. This is really, really simple. I'm gonna give it an easy two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. Just because we're working underneath the truck, I'm gonna give that two out of three but these are very, very easy. Once you get your truck up in the air and the wheel is off should take at most an hour to get both sides done. So, without any further ado, let me show you what tools I used and how it's done. The only tools you really need for this install is gonna be the impact, 15-millimeter socket, 18-millimeter wrench. Now, I also use the alignment dowel end on my adjustable spud wrench here, also a pry bar, and not pictured in the shot will be the pole jack.All right, so F150 stock shock removal. This is gonna be really, really simple, I went ahead and did some of the more simple steps off-camera. Number one obviously, you wanna lift your truck safely into the air. Number two, get the wheel and tire off. And number three, you wanna get your axle tube supported, we're using a pole jack since we're on a lift. If you're working on the ground, make sure you use jack stands and floor jack to get that done. But with all that out of the way, you can go ahead and grab the 15-millimeter socket on the impact. We're just gonna loosen up that bolt on the top and you'll notice the nut basically has that wing to it. So, you don't even need to get a wrench around it, just pop the bolt out and that'll be the top removed.So, from the bottom of the shock we got a 15-millimeter bolt over here. Now, we have an 18-millimeter nut. So, we're just gonna grab the wrench to loosen that up. Now, one thing you wanna be careful of, you don't wanna let this shock fall. At worst, it'll hit you in the arm, at the very worst, it'll hit you on the head. So just be careful with that. With that bolt removed, you can go ahead and remove the shock.So, now that we have our factory shock removed, now's the perfect time to sit next to our new Rough Country shock, put the two next to each other and basically draw some similarities, differences, comparisons between both of these two shocks. Now, right out of the gate here guys, they are gonna be pretty similar. Both of these are gonna be nitrogen gas-charged, and you can tell that with the factory one. You just compress that a little bit, you'll see it rises up on our own, so we do have some pressurized nitrogen gas in there. These are gonna be the same in that regard. Now, the Rough Country does have a few things that help it along with that, a big one is gonna be the actual volume of fluid in the shock. Shock body diameter is increasing from 48-millimeters over here with the factory stuff up to 54. Now, that doesn't seem like much, but when you consider that it's full of fluid, that extra volume is going to pay dividends in terms of heat dissipation for sure.Now, it's also safe to say with a bigger shock body the diameter of our piston shaft is increasing as well. I can tell you this one is 18-millimeters in diameter, this one does have a boot overtop of it which we are effectively losing that, but no sweat, this valve right here is gonna do a good job at cleaning that shaft off but it's safe to say that is gonna be a little bit bigger as well and that's going to be great for added durability. Now, speaking about that we do have a little bit of extra bushing up at the top as well which is always a good thing. Now, another thing that's different between these two, we are going from a black finish over to a silver finish and of course, we got the Rough Country logo on there as well which is a nice touch.Now, let's get to the big one. Let's compare travel between these two. And they're actually pretty close. I'm gonna take the shock bolt right here and run it through both of them so you know this is a fair test. And at the bottom here, you can see that it's really only about a half an inch longer. Now, the Rough Country is designed with no lift in mind and all the way up to a 3.5-inch lift in mind. And that's really down to the valving inside the shock body, it's designed to basically work at that fully extended range, and that's what makes it a shock that can deal with a 3-inch lift. And that's really gonna be your biggest difference between these two shocks. So, without any further ado, we can go ahead and grab our factory hardware, we can put that factory shock aside, grab our Rough Country, and get this guy bolted down.So, to install this, you're gonna wanna make sure you have the shaft side up and we're just gonna push that 15-millimeter bolt through and then get our nut started on the other side. And tighten down with a 15-millimeter socket. Now, the bottom, you can see just how much that factory shock uncompressed itself once we unbolted it because we got about 4 inches to compress this thing. So, I'm gonna break out the pry bar here and sort of lead the horse to water, so to speak. And just gonna use one of my favorite tools just to hold it in place like that. Now, I'm gonna try to hold it still and get the bolt started from the inside. No problem. Then we reinstall that 18-millimeter nut out here.And the install is gonna be the same exact process over on the other side. But that's gonna do it for my review and install of the Rough Country Premium N3 Rear Shocks for stock ride height trucks all the way up to a 3.5-inch lift, fitting all '09 and newer F150s and 2010 to 2018 Raptors. As always guys, thank you so much for watching. Make sure you keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things F150.
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Engineered to Perform. These Rough Country Premium N3 Rear Shocks for 0-3.50-Inch Lift deliver an increased vehicle profile and powerful dampening on rocky terrain. Made of a 200 PSI nitrogen-charged monotube construction with a gigantic 1 3/8-inch bore and chrome-hardened 9/16-inch piston rod equipped with packing spring-loaded power, these shocks will give you a true off-road performance.
Built to Last. These rear shocks are also constructed with a T6061 brushed aluminum body and silver, powder-coated finish for rust and abrasion resistance. Specifications include an extended length of 27.52 inches and a collapsed length of 16.34 inches.
Warranty. Purchasers are covered by a 3-year warranty that protects from any defects in materials and workmanship. Any extensive modifications or abnormal wear will not be covered.
Installation. If you have moderate-to-expert level mechanical skills, expect this installation to last no more than 2 hours with a medium degree of difficulty.
Application. These Rough Country Premium N3 Rear Shocks for 0-3.50-Inch Lift are designed for the 2009-2022 2WD/4WD Ford F-150; 2010-2018 Ford F-150 Raptor.
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