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Doetsch vs. Rancho

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by TX Mudder, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. TX Mudder

    TX Mudder 1/2 ton status

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    I've been thinking about some long-travel Ranchos for my truck, but they want about $90 each for them.
    Doetsch has them in equivalent lengths, non adjustable of course, and you can buy them for maybve $30 each.

    ANyone use these? If you click on the link, one of the last shocks (3407 and 8407) is equivalent to the 9012 in terms of travel.

    rancho 9012
    compressed 19.000
    extended 32.250
    travel 13.250

    Doetch #3407 and 8407
    compressed 18.50
    extended 32.00
    travel 13.50

    They have a longer travel shock, but it says it has a threaded top instead of an eyelet.
    What do you guys think?
    -- Mike
     
  2. Sandman

    Sandman 3/4 ton status Author

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    Have you priced the 5012's? they are like the 9012's but without the adustability. I didnt pay much more that $30 for those.
     
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    I have heard that the Doetsch are softer.
    No, haven't price 5000s in awhile.
    I just looked at 4wheel parts and they want $147 for a set of four.

    UPDATE: Apparantly, the Doetsch part number w/ correct mounting hardware are: 3403 and 8403. Same travel/length info.
    -- Mike
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    RS5000's suck major ass...I don't care how long they are. My next shock will be the Doetsch Tech DT8000's for sure.

    Rene
     
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    I stick with the Rancho 9000 because I need the adjustability.
    I pay the price and get the difference.
    /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    As soon as the MSX6 monotube adjustable from procomp becomes available for custom applications I will be using them.
     
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    I run the Doetsch Tech 8403's and they rock. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif I have recommended to some of my buddies and they were very happy with them too.
     
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    I assume you used the Ford shock towers, right?
    How much susp. lift do you have?
    -- Mike
     
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    I have to agree w/Rene on this one. RS5000's are stiff as hell, I wouldn't run them if they were free.
     
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    RS5000's suck! i had 4 dead ones on my 88 when i bought it, and then 1 finally blew and ruined the handling so it forced me to replace them...if you live in cold weather and run in the winter, any oil shock will have problems, so try to stay with gas or nitro
     
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    i have the 3403's and i love em---i would say they are a 5 in the rancho 9000s range (they have 9 adjustments now) they are not too stiff and not too soft.

    fyi the only difference in the 3403 and 8403's in the 8's have an internal bumpstop, and a little bit softer valving.

    i have the ford towers and the rears are /\

    i recommend the doetsch /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    They do? I just barely put these things on! What the problem with them?
     
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    I made a set of towers up out of some scrap that I had laying around. As of right now I have a 4" suspension lift; tuff country ez-rides up front and a shackle flip with Ford 57's in the rear.
     
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    The RS 5000's are too stiff...I hate mine/forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

    Rene
     
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    so you did notice a change to the other shocks? If they are that bad, Maybe I'll put the RS5012's on the back angled in where you might want some stiffness and then put the others in the front. What do you think?
     
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    The rears are not that bad angled inwards...but I've put up with mine for almost 4 years now. The front is brutally stiff though. I'll be able to do a better comparison when I get the DT 8000's.

    I drove my buddy's 89 Blazer with rear Gabriels and a shackle flip (rebuilt 52's), the shocks are mounted to the stock mounts. In the rear his truck rides much better than mine ever did with my Rancho's. That is about as a direct comparison as I can make.

    Rene
     
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    What kind of front springs are you running? I just pulled out the Superlift standards and put in the TC easyrides but I have not driven it yet.
     
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    RS5000s are stiff as heck... i used to have them on my rig. Now i run 4 long travel DT8000s.. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    j
     
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    Fronts are Rancho...I was going to swap in some TC EZ rides too but want to try it out with the 6.2 first and see how it is. Even with the extra 350 lbs up front the truck still sits level.../forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif

    rene
     
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    Well, I finally was able to drive it and it did sort of seem tight. I flexes much better though, I'll give it some time and see if it settles in any.
     

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