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Pretty much had it with Rancho

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Eric M., Mar 6, 2004.

  1. Eric M.

    Eric M. 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone else had bad experience with Rancho products? I've got 7 trucks, all on Rancho shocks. Looking back, I don't think I've ever received a set of shocks or even a steering stabilizer that wasn't missing parts. Take into consideration the time and other expenses to exchange parts, and for what I ended up spending, I could've got some high end shocks or stabilizers.

    I remember the first set of front Rancho springs I got. They were suppose to be 2.5" but lifted the truck 4". I called the tech line thinking they mislabeled the springs. They assured me my original springs had just sagged 1.5". This was an 82 GM and the year was 86 .... a lot of sag for 4 years plus 1.5" of sag pretty much puts the springs on the stops. I was young and not to bright and figured the tech guys were much smarter than I. I went wheelin' and ripped a front brake line out. Turned out they were 4". They sold me their brakeline relocation kit for 4" springs (sold, not GAVE!)

    I can't count the number of shocks and stabilizers I've had to replace due to leaks. Atleast most of their products have a lifetime warranty ... but it's a hassel replacing this stuff. Today I replaced one front shock that developed a leak. When I put the shocks on 2 years ago, I remember 2 of the 4 were missing the hardware. When I swapped the bad one at 4WPW today, I didn't think to check the box. Sure enough, it was missing the bushings and I had left all the old ones on the defective shock!

    What brands of shocks and stabilizers have you guys had good luck with? I don't mind spending the money if they are more expensive than Rancho ... I just want a product that comes complete the first time and will last a while.

    How about a softer stabilizer than the Rancho?

    Before you ask, I've used everything in the Rancho line, RS5000, 7000, 9000 and I guess my Burb has the newer 9000x or 90000 or what ever it is.


    Thank,

    Eric M.
     
  2. mr_fujisawa

    mr_fujisawa 1/2 ton status

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    they're not the best but i have been running the pro comp es 3000 and they come with everything imagineable. new lower mounts for the front (if you have the bolt style.) spacers in a few sizes for inside the bushing, washers, that funky H looking bracket to mount with if you need it.
    and so far they work. they absorb shock.
     
  3. 55Willy

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    I'v only had trailmaster shocks and DT's all were complete, and no blow outs yet.
     
  4. BurbinOR

    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

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    Bummer to hear you've had probs. I've bought now 5 sets of shocks for various rigs, all Rancho's and could not be happier. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
  5. Blue85

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    I'm running shocks and stabilizers from Autozone now. They seem to be just as good as many of the "lift kit" brand stuff, plus they have a lifetime warranty and are just down the road in almost town. The price is also probably the best you'll find (usually $20). They probably don't have the stuff for real high lifts, though.

    Any part can be a hassle to replace, but you can always drive out of the woods with blown shocks. (Boing! /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif)
     
  6. Greg72

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

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    Rancho is the Budweiser of shock absorbers.....
     
  7. BlackDog714

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    Rancho is the Budweiser of shock absorbers.....

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    Rancho tastes like shat too???? Thanks, now I dont have to taste my shocks /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif
     
  8. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    I am perfectly happy with my 12" travel gabrials. I can't wait to get my hydro clutch installed so I can get my ford towers and shocks installed up front.
     
  9. t's85chevyk5

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    im happy with my doetch techs /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  10. Thunder

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    I have always had good luck with Gabrial LT shocks and stablizers. They ride lots better than RS5000s.
     
  11. CyberSniper

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    I run Gabriel or Monroe, depending on what fits, is in stock, and how much they cost. I prefer Monroe.

    All shocks are pretty much created equal if they're in the same price range. There are oddballs like Trailmaster which are great low-speed shocks but they fade fast.

    I'd rather spend $20 every year and a half than spend $70 on Bilsteins and hope they last 5 years. Since Bilstein shocks have the same shitty chrome and all shocks I've ever had have failed because of rusty chrome tearing up seals I don't think I'll ever buy Bilstein shocks. Plus, I'm a cheap bastard.

    The Gabriels I have on the back of my truck right now have exposed shafts so they'll probably only last a year before they're dead weight.
     

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