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Best shocks; Adjustable or self adjusting?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by bigk, Jul 19, 2001.

  1. bigk

    bigk 1/2 ton status

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    What's the best way to go on shocks, adjustable like the Rancho 9000's or self adjusting like the Trailmaster SSV's? Like to do lots of highway plus hills, mud and trails.

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  2. BurbinOR

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    Have had the non-adjustable RS5000's and now have the adjustable RS9000's and love them. Think those 'self adjusting' are like snake oil...........not sure if they really do adjust if you know what I mean. The RS9000's you can feel the difference with changing the settings.

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  3. Waxer

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    I ran the 9k's first and never adjusted them ever, so the adjustability was useless to me so when I wanted to do the 9012 conversion, I just used 5012's and couldnt be happier.

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  4. Triaged

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    If you want to try real self adjusting shocks try the original...Bilstiens.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
     
  5. CaptCrunch

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    Well first off Bilstiens don't make very long shocks... When I talked to them they said more sizes were coming but the best could do was a set for a 4" lift and it would probably limit your articulation. Too bad cause I love them.

    In terms of self-adjusting I have heard great things about the SSV's and am considering them when I toss the BDS shocks I have now. The Rancho self adjusting RSX's suck canal water from what I hear though. The 9000's sound awsome and may be the way I go, but they are pretty dang spendy... But as the saying goes you get what you pay for sometimes. Sorry i don't have more insight, but I'm pondering the same question.

    -Mikey
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    What makes the RS9000s even pricier is you need to get the incab remote for them. (well, you don't have to, but you should, especially if you're lazy like me[​IMG]) Before I had the remote, I would never adjust them. I would leave em in Position 3 (which felt like my old RS5000s. After I put in the incab remote, I couldn't have been happier.

    89' 1 TON of FUN K5
     
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    LAZY, my ass. Remember I have seen your truck and the mods you have done. I would see it as more of a convience then lazy. I wish I was as lazy as you. [​IMG]

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    I have Rs9000's with the dual in-cab remote. It was a PITA to install properly, but well worth it.

    '83 GMC Jimmy 4x4 ZZ4 Crate Motor
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    Wayne...haahha
    Ask Rene (tRustyK5) how lazy I am!! Ask him how I got the nicknam "OldMan"
    That's from being lazy [​IMG]
    Actually, I do have my moments though. Once I'm in the zone, the job get's done....but 1/2 the battle is getting in that zone...it's been months!! [​IMG]
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    John, what was so hard about installing the in cab remote? I'm going to install mine pretty soon and was looking for some tips.
    As for the shocks, I run RS9012's all around with the Ford shock towers in front on a 6" ProComp lift... and I love them. I'm still playing with the settings to see what feels best on certain conditions. I think these shocks would work best on softer springs.

    Rod
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    I looked on their sight and couldn't find long travel ones but they do make them. Is 14.3" enough travel for you?
    Check this out. Only $69 each.
    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.aor4x4.com/longtravelshocks.htm>http://www.aor4x4.com/longtravelshocks.htm</a>

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
     
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    Yeah, whoever told you Bilstein doesn't make a long shock was blowing smoke up your know what. The 17 inch travel variety Bilstein specs are
    Exterior Length: 40.85" Collapsed Length: 23.88". Apparently someone may not be very well trained.
    "I am Republican. Not a baby-killing, tree hugging, land grabbing, touchy feely, hypocrite wuss democrat!"
     
  13. CaptCrunch

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    SWEET! Looks like I have another call to make... I believe it was Offroad Unlimited that I called and then someone else too... can't rember who though...

    -Mikey
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  14. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Check out www.eshocks.com . I've talked to ORW once before and seem to know the score and a lot of people say the eshocks is awesome.

    "I am Republican. Not a baby-killing, tree hugging, land grabbing, touchy feely, hypocrite wuss democrat!"
     
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    Thanks for the links BRB... I'll have to call up ORW and see if they have any for solid axle. All I see listed it IFS [​IMG] Althogh for that price I may just go 9000's and be done w/ it.

    -Mikey
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  16. Blazer79

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    I'm using Edelbrock IAS shocks, and they are great. They do self adjust. Great for city driving too. Pricey, though.

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  17. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Yeah, but for the price, Bilstein is a lot better than Ranchos. But it also depends on what you do. The 9000s aren't built for the speed thing I like, but can handle the slow stuff. I'm running a couple 9000s on the back for giggles right now, but they will soon be sale :O) WOOHOO!!!!

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    What are you going too? Bilstein? What complaints do you have about the 9000's.? What do you mean about the "speed" issue?

    -Mikey
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  19. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Because of construction design, Rancho is a twin tube and Bilstein (race shocks) are mono tube; Ranchos will fad faster than mono tube shocks. Actually, I love the 9000s, great shock and I've recommended them to people, but since I like to go fast in the dez, I have to get a shock to handle it and yep, I'm going to go Bilstein. In fact should be quite soon since I have to start my long travel setup this weekend due to the (*&amp;*&amp;$ ##$@@ left rear shock mount. It's starting to come apart again and I just "fixed" it. I'll "fix" it again so I have til I get the rear redone.

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