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So it turns out I need to replace the shocks and ball joints on my truck, i am wondering what are some good choices to upgrade to for the shocks.
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I read for weeks on Rancho 9000 vs Bilstein 5100...

I decided on the adjustable Rancho 9000s and could not be happier. You can buy stock or lifted lengths and dial the ride in to whatever you like... 9 shocks in one! I notice even my turns are smoother and stops easier without drooping... Granted my stock shocks had 156K on em...

Many like the Bils also, but read they were a bit firm... I honestly think you can't go wrong with either!

Autoplicity had the ranchos for 165 shipped for the front pair when I bought a couple weeks ago...

Good luck!

I dread the ball joints, but know I need to do mine soon also...
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I have used bilsteins on three different trucks. I like em especially for their rust proof Nicole body. But as he said, both are decent. Bilstein 5100s are stiff but get a touch softer with use


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next question, i am wanting to go up to 20" rims which means i will also make at least a 5" - 6" jump in overall wheel diameter, would i be best just to do a lift on the truck then?
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It's not so much rim size that dictates what height you need, it's the tire size.
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It's not so much rim size that dictates what height you need, it's the tire size.
the overall diameter looks to be going from 31 inches to 34.5 inches with the combo i am looking into buying.

would be going from 245/75R17 to 275/65R20
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So it turns out I need to replace the shocks and ball joints on my truck, i am wondering what are some good choices to upgrade to for the shocks.
I would be more concerned about buying quality ball joints. Which one is easier to change when they turn out to not be up to the job?

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I ran ranchos and upgaded recently to a bds lift with fox shock upgrade and honestly BOTH rode really well. the ranchos made for a surprisingly smooth ride especially for a leaf spring truck.

Over all I think I agree with Karl I would put more time into the ball joints than the shocks

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I already decided to go with Moog ball joints which is why i am looking into suspension now. so if i am going to have it off the ground, i might as well get the blown shocks changed too.
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Just some info for you. When you replace you ball joints with knurled ones (it's the ones with ridges around the side) you have to run knurled replacements from then on. If you have smooth ones they are more of a precise fit. All I'm saying is pick wisely.


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