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RS9000X shocks like them or hate them

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 84CUCV, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. 84CUCV

    84CUCV 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    I am looking at these for my K5. Just wondering what you guys think of them befor i lay out the cash. thanks

    mike
     
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    I usually just buy a cheap shock, I'm not sure high end shocks really matter on our rigs. Just my opinion though.

    -Chris
     
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    Rancho = hype

    Same as a parts store shock, just adjustable and more expensive.

    If you want good shocks, get a monotube shock.
     
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    had them on my ram and now on my k5 - love them...
     
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    I like my RS9000s (old style 5-way shock)

    I don't run a front swaybar and by turning them up on the road the Blazer feels more stable. Get to the trail and soften them up.

    I also like the adjustability in the rear end. My old RS5000s were terrible. I run a different setting in the summer with the hardtop off than I do in the winter with it on (first gen hardtops are heavy) - and then turn them up if the Blazer is loaded.

    I thought it was a lot of hype until I took a 1600 mile roadtrip. I went back to Alberta to collect the Blazer in winter and drove it to Missouri. It was parked in the summer and they were left on a soft setting - I didn't think about it when I added the hardtop and then loaded the back of the truck up with tools and other crap I hadn't moved yet. I got a little more than halfway and was on a terrible stretch of interstate when I realized that the truck drove like crap. I pulled over, turned the shocks up and it was a brand new truck.

    For a multi-purpose vehicle, I'd think about them, but I wouldn't spend the $$ unless you think you'll get that kind of use out of them. Any adjustable shock would probably do the same thing if you can find a less spendy alternative. I don't know that 9 settings is really necessary.
     
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    I had them on my old Bronco... thought they were worthless. I couldn't tell a difference between the settings of 1 and 5. I was pissed because I ponied up and had the whole setup w/ the compressor and the dash controlls, etc... What a waste of $$$
     
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    I usually just buy a cheap shock, I'm not sure high end shocks really matter on our rigs. Just my opinion though.

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    Rancho = hype

    Same as a parts store shock, just adjustable and more expensive.

    If you want good shocks, get a monotube shock.

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    if you want a good shock, go with Bilstein or Fox. other than that, they are all the same. your wasteing your money if you spend $60+ on a "fancy" shock.

    i run Gabriel gas charged shocks from Autozone. they are 12" travel and cost me $20 bucks each. they ride 10x better than my old RS9000's. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    I have 9000's on my blazer, my Dodge dually 3500, and on my Dodge 1500. Don't let anyone tell you they are hype. I can tell a diffrence, and they work. Smoothed my 3500 ride right out. They are pricy, but they work.

    Just wish they had them in a longer travel that the 34 & 36 they currenlty sell.

    Just my opinion.

    Rob
     
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    Thanks for the replys. What other shock do you guys run?

    Mike
     
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    I have heard nothing but praise for the DT8000 shocks. Do a search on this site and you'll see what I mean. That's what I'm going for when I buy new shocks.
     
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    Thanks I will do a search.

    Mike
     
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    What is a DT8000?
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    I have heard nothing but praise for the DT8000 shocks. Do a search on this site and you'll see what I mean. That's what I'm going for when I buy new shocks.

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    I use the Edelbrock IAS shocks on my '91. The difference was amazing. Saving up for a set for my '78 now ( /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gifif they do them in a 4" lift version!)
     
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    how much did the Ias cost you?

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    Doetsch Tech 8000. They're like $35 each or so. I think West Texas Offroad carries them, and they have a CK5 discount, I think. Summit carries them as well.
     
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    Over here they were about £70 each which is like $120??
    Good tho. Made so much difference to the 'cheep' shocks I had on there. Mind you I had to get one changed under warrenty as it seized up solid after a few weeks!
     
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    I had new Monroe sensatracs on my 79 and they were lousy. Off road pros told me run the RX9000. They use them on their Ford pick ups when they prerun the Baja 1000. I bought a set from Summit. They work GREAT!
     
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    thanks for the replys. mike
     
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    I am really impressed with my 15" comp ES9000's. I went from the rancho 5000's to these so that might make a difference but al I know is the ride smoooooooth and for 15" of travel you cant beat that for $30 a piece. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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