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post #1 of 25 Old 06-10-2019, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Help with picking shocks!

Hey I've been trying to do my research and I know bilstein seems to always come out on top, but I'm not too fond of the yellow 4600s and my truck being stock height I cannot get the 5100s... during my internet prowl I started looking at the rancho 7000mt does anyone have any input on these shocks that has been running them for a while? I haven't been too into the ranchos since my old k5 ate a pair of the 5000s in less than 2 months... the 7000s seem like they might be worth a try but would like input if theres any!
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I like factory ford shocks. best ride. My 02 and 06 have new factory. my 01 came with Rancho and they are coming off and ford going on. Rancho is a little rough.
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I want to try the Rancho 9000XL's on my 02 F250 4x4. I went over some pretty gnarly dirt roads in Grand Staircase Escalante NM last week, and also towed my camper 3000 miles, and I could definitely see an adjustable shock being useful. soft for offroad, stiff for towing/loaded on the highway.
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I like factory ford shocks. best ride. My 02 and 06 have new factory. my 01 came with Rancho and they are coming off and ford going on. Rancho is a little rough.
which rancho, and whats your use pattern? all highway? traveling heavy, or light? towing? off road?
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which rancho, and whats your use pattern? all highway? traveling heavy, or light? towing? off road?
I travel coast to coast with no trailer. I travel coast to cost with empty and heavy trailer. My driving is both highway and city. I live in los angeles and am on surface streets and freeways/interstates daily. I have been roadracing 65-66 mustang since 1974 and the ranchos on the F350 do handle better BUT I am not roadracing my trucks and I want a smooth ride and the factory for shock give that. Several friends have 2000-2002 duallys like mine and have other brands of shocks. My trucks with ford shocks rides the best/smoothest and its not firm or hard like other shocks. My truck rides like a lincoln and still handles really really good.
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thats kinda what I'm hoping the adjustable rancho 9000's will give me. you can dial them from 1-9, where 1-3 is 'oe, stock', and 6-9 is 'heavy load, towing'
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My understanding was that the OEM shocks didn't have alot of life in them, I travel about a mile down my gravel road before I hit the tar, I also tow a 7k camper as well pretty regularly. Over the last month with all the sloppy roads I've been overloading a rental dump trailer to try and get gravel to fix my driveway... I bought the truck used a couple years ago with some.pretty worn 4600s and didn't mind the ride and told the 7000s ranchos were a bit softer but do great for multiple uses as far as the 9000s I have heard mixed results with road salts and them possibly locking up the dial... I have a bad back so warranty or not I'd prefer them to last a while... do you guys tow much with the OEM replacements or drive alot of rough roads?
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my truck being stock height I cannot get the 5100s...
I show the 24-186025 Bilstein B8 5100 fits.
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I have ranchos RS5000Xs and i like them. I have no less than 50,000 miles on them but the previous owner put them on so it could be even more.
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I was going to do a review soon on the Rancho 9000. I highly recommend them. With the crew cab dually I used to bounce like crazy on concrete highways and in neighborhoods I could hear my tools leave the bed over speed bumps. Weather I’m empty or grossing 20k+ the shocks are fantastic. It takes a couple days to dial them in with the settings but they’re worth it.
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