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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com and today, we're taking a closer look at and installing the Rough Country Premium N3 Rear Shocks for the 0 to 3-inch lift, available for the '07 to '18 Silverado 1500. You should be checking this out if you're looking for not only a more comfortable ride but a more capable one at that. Whether your truck has a stock suspension or 0-inch lift, up to a 3-inch lift in the rear, you might be looking for shocks that can handle off-road terrain better than your factory ones.Rough Country manufactured these premium N3 shocks to have upgraded components along with a 10-stage variable valving in order to accomplish just that. Heading off-road of the beaten path or off the highway, you'll be able to tackle obstacles and tackle some off-road terrain like sand and dirt a little bit easier. These shocks having that 10-stage variable valving are going to adapt to the more rugged terrain, dissipate heat a lot better, and be able to give you that comfortable ride you need from the Silverado, without it being too rugged like your factory shocks would be.Now, these use a chrome-hardened piston rod along with a more durable piston itself, in order to be a more durable and capable upgrade over the factory one. That 10-stage variable valving doesn't require any work on your end, it's something that happens automatically inside of these gas chambers. Now the 10-stage variable valving basically means that on highway driving, on-road driving, daily driving, it's a very comfortable ride, more comfortable than the factory shocks. Once you head off-road, they will instantaneously adapt to the terrain change, giving you a better compression and rebound.Now like I said earlier, these are for 0 to 3-inch lifted Silverados. Now if you just have a leveling kit on the front end and a factory suspension on the rear, that's still zero-inch lift on the rear, it doesn't affect your front end at all. If you have a full lift kit front and rear up to 3 inches, these will work with your truck. They have a little bit longer travel to adapt to that longer suspension or the taller truck. So our truck here has zero inches of lift at the rear, so they're going to work perfectly but again up to 3 inches, you will be safe.Now if you have over 3 inches of lift, 3 1/2 inches or higher, these shocks will not be for you, they won't be able to adapt to that longer suspension. So you want to pick up a different set of shocks specifically made for the higher-end lifts. So again, smaller lifts more reasonable 0 to 3 inches, you'll be set.The price tag for this particular set comes in right around 100 bucks, making them an extremely affordable mod to really upgrade the rear-end suspension. Install, I'm going to give one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter just because there's really only two bolts holding this guy on, top and bottom. With that said, I'm going to show you guys every single step of that process. It's going to take you about an hour from start to finish. What do you say we get started?Tools used in the install include an impact gun, 21-millimeter deep sockets along with a ratchet, hammer, and a pry bar.First step for the uninstall here, getting off our factory shocks. If you're using a lift like we are, put a pull jack under the rear axle to support it. If you're working on the ground, really all you have to do is use a hydraulic floor jack to put it in the same position or under the pumpkin there or the rear differential to support it there.Now there's only two bolts holding on the factory shock. We have a bottom 21-millimeter bolt and nut, and the top is just the 21-millimeter bolt, the nut itself is welded onto the frame. So we're just going to grab our 21-socket and 21-socket with a ratchet for the bottom and let's get that off.All right, so I'm going to put my 21-impact gun on the bolt head, 21-socket, and ratchet on the nut. Next step, just follow the shock all the way to the top there. There's one 21-millimeter bolt like I said. The nuts welded into the other sides, you don't have to worry about grabbing a wrench. We're going to get that guy off. Keep in mind, guys, it may rain rust, so watch your eyes.Pull that out. All right now your shock's probably going to be stuck in there due to rust buildup on the inside, so you may need to wiggle it back and forth in order to get it to pop off, and now we can set it aside. Next up, we got our factory shock off. So I have my Rough Country Premium N3 shock in my right hand. I want to go through some similarities and differences. And I know we already talked about this at the table earlier, but side by side you can see they are very different.Your factory shock, first and foremost, what I noticed is that it has that dust boot. So it does look a little bit different, whereas this one is just the exposed chrome hardened piston rod. Now, the dust boot there is optional, not included in the kit. You can always pick one up separately in the category. Rough Country even sells one that goes around it. If you think you're going to be going off-road more often than not, it might be a good idea to pick that up just to protect the internal components. It does have a seal around it there but always adding an extra layer of protection just like your factory one has there is always a good way to go.Aside from that, you can see the factory shock is looking a little worse for wear. This is a 2013 Silverado so it's not super old, but it has seen some good miles on it. So this guy is wearing out a little bit. Getting that upgrade is going to go a long way. This one's a lot more corrosion and rust-resistant than your factory one. It's got the special coating on top from Rough Country. And, overall, the compression and rebound is going to be a hell of a lot better than your factory one. And then in terms of size, not a huge difference but if you hold them side by side, you can see the Rough Country one is a little bit longer to accommodate for the added lift that your truck may have between 0 to 3 inches.With that said, let's set our factory one aside. We're going to be using our stock bolts to build this guy up. When you do so, you want to make sure the thicker part here is on the bottom. The thin piston rod there is going up top. All right, so see the smaller side of the shaft up there, you may need to wiggle it back and forth, especially to get the other bolt hole lined up. Once you do grab your bolt, put it through. All right, I'm not going to tighten it down just yet, we just want to go hand-tight. Let's mount the bottom. Now for the bottom, you can see it's longer. So we are going to have to compress this guy by hand which isn't too hard. Get that guy to press up. And then you're going to need to hold it in place to get the bolt through.All right, let's grab a hammer and tab it through. All right, if it's being a little stubborn, you can grab a pry bar to help pry that guy up. Tap it in. Next, we're going to grab the nut, thread that on by hand. Now we can tighten the bottom one down and followed by the top one. Okay, now the top. Repeat that on the other side and you're good to go.That's going to wrap up my review in install for the Rough Country Premium N3 Rear Shocks for the 0 to 3-inch lift available for the '07 to '18 Silverado 1500. Get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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Smoother Ride Quality. Experience enhanced handling and smoother all-terrain dynamics by using these Rough Country Premium N3 Rear Shocks for 0 to 3-Inch Lift on your Silverado 1500. With their 10-stage velocity-sensitive valving and well-engineered build, these rear shocks facilitate excellent on-road driveability and improved off-road suspension flexibility.
Rugged Construction. These nitrogen-charged Premium N3 Rear Shocks are fitted with a chrome-hardened, 18 mm piston rod to provide better damping and rebound compared to stock. Additionally, their large-diameter 54 mm shock body features an efficient heat dissipation mechanism, especially useful during rigorous activities. Moreover, they come in a durable, metallic silver finish for added visual appeal and long-lasting service life.
Direct Bolt-On Replacement. Rough Country designed these N3 shocks to be a direct bolt-on replacement for your factory shock absorber. Please note that an alignment, by a qualified shop, is highly recommended after installation.
Three-Year Limited Warranty. A limited warranty against manufacturing defects in workmanship and materials is offered by Rough Country for these N3 Rear Shocks for a period of 3 years from the date of original purchase. This warranty comes with exclusions and limitations; please check the full warranty policy for complete details.
Application. These Rough Country Premium N3 Rear Shocks for 0 to 3-Inch Lifts are intended for use on all 2007-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models.
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