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Best shocks?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by TXsizeK5, Dec 1, 2001.

  1. TXsizeK5

    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    I might be getting some shocks for xmas or somethign like that... what are the best shocks to get.. Im thiking soft ride... so its not so rough and bumpy and it wont gimme whiplash driving down a bumpy road. Also.. How much about do rear springs cost? thanks.

    6in 87' K5 w/ 35" BFG muds.
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    In desperate need of a rebuild.
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  2. Thunder

    Thunder 3/4 ton status

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    I replaced my old Rancho 5000s with Gabriel LT shocks. The Gabriels have a lot better ride and handle a lot better too.
    But I think they only make them for lifts up to 4"
    Heres the link:<a target="_blank" href=http://www.gabriel.com/NewFiles/Product_listing.htm#Anchor7>Gabriel shocks.</a>

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  3. Michael

    Michael 1/2 ton status

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    One of the 4WD mags has a test on several shocks this month....check it out. I think there is a big green truck on the cover.

    Michael[​IMG]
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  4. TXsizeK5

    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    Lol ok thanks =D

    6in 87' K5 w/ 35" BFG muds.
    305/Sm465/ NP208
    Kn, 4.56's.
    In desperate need of a rebuild.
    Next- Eaton mech locker... Flows.
     
  5. CaptCrunch

    CaptCrunch 1/2 ton status

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    Petersen's has a writeup this month on shocks... it has a Baby blue Jimmy on the front... and it is full of sweet rigs from my quick glance... still have yet to read it. Sweel snow offroading pics. A white firt gen that is sweet, and for some of the more open guys Chris's Toyota rig finally made the mag w/ a full feature.. it is a sweet ride/

    -Mikey
    1987 Chevy K5 Blazer- 350 TBI
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    hammer 1/2 ton status

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    just picked it up and i'm reading it now
     
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    My vote is for the Edelbrocks. They know when you need soft and when you need hard.

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  9. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    Anything that doesn't say "RS5000" on it is OK in my book[​IMG]

    ......And knowing is half the battle
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  10. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    If you're like me.....(always messing around with modifications with your suspension)...it's probably a good idea to use the Rancho RS9000.

    Case in point: I put in the RS9000s to cure a stiff front suspension....set them on "1" (full soft) and it helped the ride quality a little bit. Then I went with a FULL set of ORD-greaseable bushings and that softened up the truck a LOT!!! Actually it was TOO soft with the shocks still at "1".....so I reached under and clicked them over to "3" (Middle stiffness) and now I still have a soft ride, but the dampening is correct again....not too marshmallowy....[​IMG]

    I will probably go to a softer spring in the future.....and again, I'm sure I'll be happy I have a "tuneable" shock so that I can make adjustments if things get too wallowy again.

    For the extra couple bucks over the price of normal Ranchos....I think the RS9000s are a great deal.

    YMMV, IMHO, JM$.02, etc.....[​IMG]



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  11. taterblazer

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    Rumor is that all shocks are made by Gabriel or Munroe anyways..
     
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    Ranch is a division of Monroe, I saw that on TNN a few years ago, even have it on video that I saved of an episode of Truckin USA. That is back before TNN thought we all were dying to see 9 million episodes of Star Trek instead of the gearhead stuff we've loved for years.

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  13. Thunder

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    Yeah. Rancho and Monroe are divisions of the same company. Thats why monroe has never seriously got into the off road market. They leave that to the Rancho division.
    The only other American shock company in is Gaberial.
    between the 2 of them they make all the American corporate manufactured shocks on the market. And make shocks for just about all the aftermarket suspension companies like Pro comp, Trailmaster, Doetsch, Dick Cepek , Ect, Ect. To their specs.

    Bilstein shocks are a german shock but they do have a manufacturing plant in America where they make shocks for the USA market. GM uses Bilstein shocks and struts as standard equipment on many of their trucks and cars. Bilstiens are very good shocks for a lifted truck. They have many applications for different kinds of lifts. They make some serious off road stuff
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  14. FatBoyBlazer

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    are the bds shocks good?

    hola
     
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    The BDS shocks suck canal water IMO. I'm ditching mine asap. Might as well have rancho 5000's, basically suck on and off road. For me I'm looking at the Rancho RSX's, Bilstiens, and Tralmaster SSV's

    -Mikey
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  16. muddysub

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    what's wrong with RS5000s pugsley? and the ord greasable bushings actually soften the ride? if so, i'll get some, my front end is stiff. does the ord rear shackle flip change the ride?

    people that get good mileage aren't having any fun!
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    I have a set of rs5000's on my truck. My back hurts for a day or 2 after a long day of hard wheel'n. I am going to trash them to save my spine.

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

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    muddysub, I think Rancho 5000's are one of those love em, hate em kinda deals. Seems like those that like them think they are great for the cash and the rest of the world hates them to death. IMO it is like my BDS shocks... basically the ultimate do nothing shock... they are a pretty icky on road ride and then get offroad and ouch!!!!!!! I think w/ the dual tubes you gotta stick with the T-master SSV's, Rancho RSX's, and Rancho 9000's.

    The shackle flip and greasable bushing make the onroad and minor offroad stuff softer, but still a shock like the 5000's really lack the compression IMO when you get into more serious offroading.

    -Mikey
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    I just put on the Edelbrocks IAS shocks and love them. I still need new springs, but the truck rides nice.
     
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    My worst problem with the RS5000's, other than the typical ride like a Sherman tank, was that they fade - fast. After less than a mile at any kind of speed, they were essentially useless. The 5000's were designed strictly for low speed trail work, and that's about it.

    ......And knowing is half the battle
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