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Rancho vs. Edelbrock, or should I even bother. Basic shock questions

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by blackdog, Aug 15, 2001.

  1. blackdog

    blackdog Registered Member

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    OK, soon it will be shock time, and since this is the first set I'm buying for the K5, just wanted to check some basic information before purchasing six of these bad boys. As far as application goes, this is a daily driver that won't see serious offroad stuff, but technically I LIVE offroad:bumpy as hell with a hill that's murder in the winter, but I'm more worried about on the road performance right now (maybe I'll get another and turn it into a strictly play vehicle [​IMG] [​IMG] )

    *Is there much difference between Edelbrock and Rancho? Edelbrock's web-site says someone else makes their shocks. Who? Price is about the same, so I'm open to opinions.

    *If I'm not going to do serious wheeling, is there much point to expensive shocks besides the cool factor and the good looks? Should I just use the money for other mods? If so, what's a good brand for control and comfort?

    *Should I wait till I do the lift (2"-3")? Or would shocks be the same as long as I don't go too high?

    I welcome all advice, opinions, and rabid brand wars [​IMG]

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  2. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    I'd definitely wait until I got the lift on. Between the two brands, both are really about equal for primarily road usage, with a slight advantage going to the Edelbrock.

    Dos mas Tecates!!!
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  3. blazen91

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    I have the Edelbrocks and they good shocks. I am doing my lift some time in the next two weeks. I'll make you a good deal on them if you are interested.

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  4. CaptCrunch

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    I would love to know how these shocks that cost arm and a leg (Rancho 9000's, Blit's, and Edelbrocks) compare to the more moderatly priced Trailmaster SSV's. I know the Ranchos are adjustable(or manually adjustable) so that seems pretty goo yet have still heard bad stuff about them

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  5. RedDwarf

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    Rancho RS 5000 is a hell of a shock, and is a good deal cheaper than the Edelbrock.

    I have two sets, they work well in all situations.

    Lift It, Lock It, LIVE IT!!!
     
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    BTW, wait till after the lift. I can run out of shock before I run out of suspension flex with the Ranchos.

    Lift It, Lock It, LIVE IT!!!
     
  7. Esteban86K5

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    First off I would recommend only getting 4 not 6. The duals tend to make the front end a little stiff. And I would definately wait till you go with a new lift, the length WILL change. If you want a good shock and are willing to pay the money I would go with the Edelbrocks. They do the same thing the adjustable Ranchos do without adjusting them. If you don't do a lot of off-roading then your Ranchos will probably stay on one setting. Why pay more for the adjustable ones when your not going to adjust them? Am I making any sense to anyone or am I just rambling on?[​IMG]

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  8. Pugsley

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    The SSV's are a good unit - nearly identical to the Edelbrock in design and configuration, just valved a little softer overall. Everybody I know that has them swears that they are the greatest thing since sliced bread, so they can't be that bad. Probably made on the same assembly line[​IMG]

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  9. 86K5TrailBlazer

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    I just put on some SSV been riding it for a week and a half and they ride nice, I like them!
     
  10. Blazer79

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    Just today I was thinking how great my Edelbrocks are as I had to drive about 10 miles on a very bumpy gravel road and then about 150 more miles on a paved road. Curves handle great with these shocks, and you actually feel when they soften on the bumpy parts.

    As the others said, wait until you get the desired lift, or you'll be regretting as I'm doing right now. I want to lift it 4" but I'm stuck with the stock height ones. Edelbrock has another model number for 73-87 lifted Blazers. Anyone want to buy mine? (only about 15,000 miles)

    Good luck.

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  11. Thunder

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    Here's some basics about shocks.
    There are only two companies that make almost all American shocks.
    These are Monroe and Gabriel.
    Monroe makes all the Rancho/Procomp type shocks.
    Gabrial makes shocks for Dick cepek, Dohetsch tech and others.
    I'm not sure who makes the Edelbrock but their description strongly sounds like the new mono tube Gabrial truck shock.
    I have the dual shock set up on my K5 with HD aftermarket springs
    I recently switched from Rancho 5000s to Gabrial Gas LT VST shocks. They are not as stiff as the Ranchos and sure handle the rough washboard desert roads better. They are good on the road too. I like them and they are a lot cheaper than Ranchos. Cause your not paying for the name.
    Gabriel also makes an adjustable truck shock. .They make shocks for lifted trucks too. All reasonably priced.
    Check them out: <a target="_blank" href=http://www.gabriel.com/>http://www.gabriel.com/</a>
    I know a few other people who are running Gabriel shocks and they have no complaints either.
    If you are going to do a lift, do the lift first then buy shocks to fit it. Or buy a lift kit that includes the shocks.
    All and all shock choice is a matter of preference. What works for one persons needs may not work as good for someone else.
    They all seem to be made well and all usually have good Replacement guarentees.

    <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by Thunder on 08/15/01 11:30 PM.</FONT></P>
     
  12. CaptCrunch

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    86... how are they on washboard type roads... do they adjust pretty quick or does it take a while...?

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    So what is the deal w/ gabrils... how long do they make them? My problem is most shock othere then the pro comps, ranchos, etc etc... is they don't make any shocks for lifted trucks... at most some have lifted 2-4" listed... any for a 4" or 6" inch lift range?

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  14. Thunder

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    Thats the problem with the Gabes I dont think they make them for anything over a 4" lift . But new products come out all the time. Click on the link in my previous post and E- mail them maby they make something you need.
     
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    The adjustment in the shocks is instant. They have a spring that opens up to make them softer when the shock speed is higher than a set ammount. They adjust for each little bump of a washboard road.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
     
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    go with ranchos. They are very reliable.

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  17. blackdog

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    Thanks for all the information and advice!

    Decisions, decisions....

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  18. muddin4fun

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    You can go to Napa and ask them for their version of that Edelbrock shock. It's the same thing, just different name and price tag.
    Personally, I've blown ranchos when I think they should have handled the shock. This was on a stock height truck, so I went and got Monroe sensatracs and they took offroad abuse and were nice on the street. Lifetime warrentee too! Of course, if your truck is lifted you can get those [​IMG].

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

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