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post #1 of 45 Old 12-30-2013, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Just swapped out rear Rancho Shocks...

For Bilstein 5100's. Now i know the "Ranchos" are branded, and basically blow, but they were COMPLETELY worn out with 40k miles on them. Zero rebound at all.
I replaced them with the 2-4" lifted 5100s, and no further than a 1/4 mile down the road could tell a huge difference!
Think I'm gonna go with 5160s for the front. I'd like to do a Fox or King res for the front but just cant see spending that kind of money for two front shocks.
Just an FYI for those who think their trucks ride rough, mine was horrible. I know its a 1 ton truck, and not a sedan, but damn, it doesn't have to jar your teeth out!!
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rancho's, most of them, are made by teneco, who makes most white bodied shocks on the market ranging from flippin' acme labels (like the coyote used to order from) to rough country...

they are trash, by my reckoning... you are literally paying for that freaking name/sticker.. you can buy the precise same shock with somebodies house name on it for $25... or, if you must, spend $50 more for the sticker... grrrrr...

the billy's, on the other hand, are top of the line by my reckoning.. they will break in over the next several hundred miles, and you'll be loving them even more...
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Good to hear! I placed my stockers with Bilstein's 5100 as well and they definitely are an improvement, however mine weren't overly worn (about 23k miles) so I didn't get quite the same effect.

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Please see my post in the Exterior section on Ranchos

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Good to hear! I placed my stockers with Bilstein's 5100 as well and they definitely are an improvement, however mine weren't overly worn (about 23k miles) so I didn't get quite the same effect.
Congrats on swapping out the Rancho's for the Bilstein's. I went with the Rancho 9000's and Love them. Total adjustibilty for whatever the situation calls for. I do Love my Bilstein Steering stabilizer. Together, these upgrades made u Huge difference in ride quality over stock.

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Stroker 8, how hard was it to do the front shock replacement? also did the Bilstein steering stab. bolt right up?

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the higher end rancho's, such as the 9k's, are g2g, it's the white bodied mono's y'all will be wanting to avoid.. or any white bodied mono, for that matter... they are fine for a passenger car, but that's about it.
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I swapped the stockers for Bilstein's too. Easy bolt up DIY mod and huge upgrade in ride quality.

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Ok, ok, ok!!! I can't take it, I'm ordering 4 bilsteins 5100s.

Do you think the stock steering stab. Needs replacing?

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5100's

I too did the swap but my stock shocks were over 100K when I changed them. I have an 11' 250ccswb. I didn't really notice a difference. Slightly better ride, but I didn't go wow what a difference. I was shocked! Hehe. Not knocking the shocks just sayin.
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