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Old 07-27-2013, 01:15 PM
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Rancho RS9100XL vs. Blistein 5100

I am getting ready to replace my factory rims and tires with 20's riding on 35's adding a leveling kit also to my stock 05 Lariat CC 4x4. I am thinking about replacing the shocks at the same time, so looking for opinions from those that have similar. The shocks I am considering are the Rancho RS9100XL (adjustable) or the Blistein 5100. My truck seldom hauls anything but I am setup for a goose neck. As it is the ride of the truck is pretty firm on the stock Ranchos, and I think the adjustable Rancho may be my best bet for a better ride.

any thought or opinions are welcome
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This is probably a little late for you but I'm on my second set of 9000xl's after less than a year of hauling very little (occasional truck camper in my 06 CC DRW 6.0), maybe 20k miles. I am underwhelmed and would be sporting a different product if they didn't stand by their lifetime guarantee.

All that said, it took them forever to ship them to me, their customer service did a horrible job at communicating and they have yet to send me the return shipping labels despite directly contacting them twice to tell them I haven't seen them yet. I am even less impressed as the new ones are on 9 (full stiff) and are already starting to feel too soft.

I'd try something else.

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I have had good results from my Rancho 9000XLS shocks. I like being able to dial them down to give the softer ride,. I ramp them up when hauling or pulling the quad trailer, I like them a lot........
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spend the money and buy some icon's!!! well worth the money... i was the biggest none believe and just plain cheap.....was told by a local shop to buy them or dont put shocks on it..lol so i bought the icons and i dont know why i ever waited so long... it rides better then most cars now..
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spend the money and buy some icon's!!! well worth the money... i was the biggest none believe and just plain cheap.....was told by a local shop to buy them or dont put shocks on it..lol so i bought the icons and i dont know why i ever waited so long... it rides better then most cars now..
Where did you buy them and which model did you choose?
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Is it me or why do people keep comparing a twin tube shock to a monotube shock? Why aren't people comparing the RS7000MT if they want to compare to the Bilstein 5100
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spend the money and buy some icon's!!! well worth the money... i was the biggest none believe and just plain cheap.....was told by a local shop to buy them or dont put shocks on it..lol so i bought the icons and i dont know why i ever waited so long... it rides better then most cars now..
$900.00 for a shock absorber ?????

There is no shock worth that kind of dough IMO.

The Rancho 9000 is a awesome shock and you can buy 8 of them for that price and still have money left over. I can dial mine down for a lumbering soft ride or up to a stiff as hell ride. I don't know why anyone would not go with a adjustable shock, it is so easy to shape your ride characteristics. Of coarse quality springs are key. I spent the money on I-Cons springs but no way will I pay that for their shocks. ever...........
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my vote is 5100's http://stealth-automotive.com/index....roduct_id=1859
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I am torn here also. I like the price of the 5100's and liked them on my 1/2 ton. But I like what I read about the Rancho 9000 series also but at 2x the price almost...

I am just getting beat to chit on these stock ranchos and 2.5" leveling spacer.

I may try out the 5100 leveling shocks/kit and do away with the spacer all together.
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Im going to put this video out there for people to better understand the difference between the Rancho 9000XL, Monroe, and other twin tube shocks vs. the RS7000MT, Bilstein 5100, Pro Comp Pro Runner/ MX6, and other Monotube shocks.


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