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Heckethorn/Rough Country

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 89k5blazr, Aug 24, 2001.

  1. 89k5blazr

    89k5blazr Registered Member

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    Are Heckethorn Shocks any good?... JC whitney carries them and they are pretty cheap...so i was curious if they were any good?
    How about Rough Country leaf springs?

    1989 K5 350 ci TBI
     
  2. Triaged

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    The Heckelthorn are made by the same people that make Ranchos. I have ranchos (rs5000) and think they suck!

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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  3. muddin4fun

    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    Procomp and rancho are the same company. Heckethorn and rought country are a seperate company from the rancho procomp.
    I got Heckethorn shocks with my lift and I'm pleased with them! I haven't had it offroad yet, but the pavement ride is a lot nicer than if rancho/procomps were on there! I'm seriously concidering keeping heckethorns instead of going rancho when I relocate the shock mounts if I can.

    It's been lovely, but I have to scream now.

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    rocko 1/2 ton status

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    I LOVE my Rough Country 4 inch lift.. front/rear spring's with the Heckthorn shock's..
    Bought it as one of Rough Country's Internet deal's.. $550.00 delivered to my door.. included everything to do the lift..
    The Heckthorn's ride nice...and do well off-road..

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    Ive used both teh 8000 and 9000 heckthorns and was pleased with both.
     
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    DMK 1/2 ton status

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    Ive used both the 8000 and 9000 heckthorns and was pleased with both.
     
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    Rough country springs have the highest springs weight. That means it will ride rough. The softest ride is tuff country's ez ride. Thats what I have and I like it alot better than my friends rough country lift. His doesnt give offroading. It picks up wheels before the suspension even gives. No articulation.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    I am very pleased with my Rough Country springs (4" front and rear) as well as my heckethorn shocks. I don't have a lot of experience with others, but could feel comfortable recommending Rough Country/Heckethorn.

    Brian
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    Procomp and Rancho are not connected.
    I just called them and asked.

    Lift It, Lock It, LIVE IT!!!
     
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    Pro-Comp and Rancho are not the same company, but I would bet money that Monroe makes both of their shocks, along with the Heckethorns. My Suburban has Rough Country springs with the Heckethorn shocks, and it rides good. It is only a 2 1/2" lift though.

    Tim

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    Why would they want to tell you that you could buy rancho products at a much cheaper price by going with the procomps?

    It's been lovely, but I have to scream now.

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    Bigdaddy89 can confirm this on the shocks! He used to work for one of the big store that advertises in the mags and said most if not all shocks were made by the same company...

    Hopefully I am notquoting you wrong bigdaddy!

    Mike

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    Rancho RS 5000s are the most common aftermarket off-road shock on the market, I have 4 of them, and I couldn't be happier.

    I believe that Rancho are the lowest spring rate 4" springs that they sell for 73-87 Chevy trucks. I could be wrong. But they ride very well. I've got those too.

    Tim
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    Tuff country has the lowest spring rate. There is a spring rate table at the being of the site in the technical area. Just click on technical at the top of the page it will take you to it.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    No I dont think you are quoting big Daddy wrong. I posted this before and here it is again.
    There are only 2 companies that make shocks in America.
    Monroe who make all the Rancho type shocks with 10 stage valving ECT ect.
    The other company is Gaberial. They make shocks usually with letters like VST VSS VSV in their description.
    All the smaller companies that have shocks with their own brand on them buy shocks from Gaberial or Monroe made to their own specs.
    Rancho is owned by the same company that owns Monroe.
    I dont know what shock is best it all boils down to what works best for you.
    Personally I like Gaberial VSTs I think they ride and handle better than the Rancho 5000s that were on my K5 before. And they have a great free replacement garrente.


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