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Best shocks?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Sparky87k5, Feb 21, 2002.

  1. Sparky87k5

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    I'm about to buy some new shocks but trying to figure out which ones best fit my needs. Present shocks, which are Rough Country, have done a good job but I feel they are a little on the stiff side. Feels like compression valving is too strong and rebounding is too weak. Looking for a better ride like maybe the new Edelbrock versions. Any opinions? I run the 3" heavy duty front springs from Rough Country and rear blocks with stock springs.

    87 K5, 427/340hp BBC,4.56 D60 & 14BFF, NV4500, NP208, TSM rear disc's,
     
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    I'd have to agree here
    Rancho 9000's. That's what I also use

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    Used the Edelbrock IAS on my wifes trooper. They were nice but I don't think they justified their high price tag $$$.

    PS. Oh ya, just before she sold it I had one eyelet come off the bottom of the shock rod. Was replaced by Summit without a problem but I was kinda shocked. This truck was NOT wheeled!

    Real trucks don't have spark plugs!<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by DieselDan on 02/21/02 06:13 PM.</FONT></P>
     
  5. MR.GADGET

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    FYI Summit now has a deal on rs9000 Rancho shocks pay for 3 get one free mine was 225$ for 4 and free shipping-------- got 9000's on my Dodge and Skyjunkers on the blaz but just ordered 4- for the blaz to replace the Skyjunkers!!!!!!!!!!! rs 9000's work for me!!!!!!!! My 2c MR. Gadget

    IF IT'S NOT AS BIG AS YOU ARE DRIVE OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. Sparky87k5

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    Looks like it'll be Rancho 9000's for me this time. Appreciate the info and figure this many gearheads can't be wrong. Besides. I like the adjustable feature, for towing or cruising, can use different settings now. Will give them a try. Thanks for all the input. I'm in your debt now.

    87 K5, 427/340hp BBC,4.56 D60 & 14BFF, NV4500, NP208, TSM rear disc's,
     
  7. chvyhs

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    Cheap ones!

    I use the ProComp ES3000's. I can't say that I can tell the difference between these $30 shocks and friends $90 shocks. Good Luck.

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    It's a wheelbase thing, you wouldn't understand.
     
  8. jekbrown

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    you might try Doetsch Tech DT8000s...they make lon travels ones...they are beefy, and soft enough to be useful. Half as much as those RS9000s too...

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  9. fourwheelerjeff

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    pro-comp is coming out with a six way adjustable shock, if you are looking for that feature like the 9000 but don't know about price

    Fort Worth Texas K5er[​IMG]It is always easier to ask for forgiveness than permission[​IMG]
     
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    I wanted stiff shocks and I did not want to spend a lot of money, so, I got RS5012s (same as PC 3012s but I could get them locally). I specifically wanted stiff because my shocks are going to be on 30-45 degree angles (still figuring out the details) which dramatically reduces the stiffness of the shock.

    Russ

    85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, 205, D60/C14, 4.56 Locked, 4" lift, 42" tires
    Some day: massive cutting, shorter wb and rear overhang.
     

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