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Old 08-26-2010, 09:24 AM
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rancho shocks

Rancho adjustable shocks??

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Has anyone installed this on there trucks (rancho 9000 XL adjustable shocks)
are they worth the money? I need to upgrade my suspension and i was looking at shocks first
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I'm prefectly happy with my 9000s. The adjustable thing is nice if you're big into adjusting your stuff. I pretty much played with mine for about 2 weeks, looking for that ride firmness/body roll trade-off that I was happy with, and set mine to a 6 toward the firm side. Haven't touched them since. If I make a long road trip I might soften them up some. You can definitely tell a difference in the settings. I will probably continue to run them in the future. The remote in-cab adjust set-up thingy seems to be unreliable from what I've read. I'm not so lazy I can't get out and turn a knob.
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I ran procomp mx-6s on my old 04 with a 4' lift, it rode well, better than the ranchos or the fabtechs on the same leaf spring truck. I was the manager of a 4x4 specialty shop at the time and installed sold and drove all brands. bilsteins new 5160 are probably the best, they are planning 99-04 superduty applications, but I have not seen prices yet. Shocks that are valved for the specific application always have an advantage over generic shocks (such as ranchos pro comp 3000s, 9000s, skyjackers etc) old man emus from australia are awesome and durable, but look like old school Monroes from 1975.
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The lift i have installed is a Fab-tech. Would not use Fab-tech again though. There shocks have been off the front of my truck long ago, they did not last long. still have the rear ones and they need replacing bad. Bilsen are just so pricey for an older truck I just plan on keeping it another 2 years. Thats why i was thinking the rancho 9000 and wanted to get input from someone who is running them. but i'm open for ideals and have not yet settled on any preticular brand yet
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Look at KYB, I am using their steering stabilizer because the Procomp, and ranchos that I ran before failed each winter due to road salt/sand, so far so good with one winter down, their shocks feature high pressure monotube construction like the pricier bilsteins and MX-6s, and custom valved for the application they should work well, I have a set on order for my wife's Excursion, but on my F-250 I am still running the FX-4 ranchos( which are NOT the same as aftermarket rancho shocks).
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:21 PM
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What about the bilsteins 5150? they aren't too bad as far as price goes. but are they the same as lets say Rancho 9000
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5150s come valved for specific applications and in universal valving for custom applications, I do not know if they have specific shocks for your leaf spring SD in the 5.5" lift, bu even in the universal versions you have a choice of valving that a knowledgable dealer can select from,.
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IMO. Bilsteins. #5150 only come in 2 different valvings. We can get you the correct ones. PM if we can help.

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