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schocks what the f?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by schmuck, Jan 20, 2003.

  1. schmuck

    schmuck 1/2 ton status

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    i just swapped out a set of gabrial vst's for some rancho rs 5000 and the truck rides worse now can you belive that schit
     
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    had same problem huh
     
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    Been there done that. Put the Gabriel's back on,and get your $$$ back /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    are any of the offroad shocks any good
     
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    yes but they're $$$$
     
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    Bilstein
     
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    I just got some Doestch shocks, but haven't had the time yet to put them on.
    They come highly recomended and are affordable.
    -- Mike
     
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    the 'off road' shocks that are common and advertised in the rags are all made by Gabriel or Monroe,
    pure advertising hype on cheap shocks
     
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    the doetsch shocks are incredible for the money.
    you can get them through either West Texas Off-Road. or summit.
    have to be honest...summit got the second set to me a few months sooner. and they are under $40

    they are HUGE compared to the ranchos...i took the ranchos off and tossed em.

    Ryan
     
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    I just put the 5012's on and now I'm thinking of replacing them already! /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
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    rancho's suck! i had rs5000's in when i bought the truck and they were all no good. in cold weather they get screwed up and blow cause they're oil filled rather than gas....if you want a good smooth ride look for some gas filled ones
     
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    OK a small comment here.
    Rancho shocks do not suck.
    Each shock is meant for something.
    The 5000 series is a stiff shock, it's not supposed to ride nice.
    The monroes are good, the gabriels are good, they also have choices of Variable valving, like the rancho has the 9000 series.
    I have the 9000's and they have 5 settings and the new ones have 9 settings from firm to smooth.
    Second, all the offroad shocks that you see in the market are gas shocks, that doesn't mean the gas is what is dampening, they all have oil in them, and the gas is just to compress the oil and prevent it from foaming which makes the shock fade.
    If you want soft shocks ask for soft shocks, if you want them firm for hi speed racing ask for the firm ones.
    If you want the best of both worlds ask for a variable rate, like the VST gabriel, or the sensatrac monroe or the rancho 9000 or similar, you get the point.
    No shock works of gas they all have oil in them, except I thin the nitrogen filled shocks for racing, I am still researching those shocks, but everything else you will find in the market, gas shock or not, uses oil for dampening.
    OK not a small comment. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I ran 5000's for a short time too, they rate right up there with the Pro Comp ES3000's, quite stiff. I second on the Doestch shocks as a good compromise, they perform well and ride nice. Rancho 9000's seem to be doing the trick for quite a few people as well, but most tend to run them exclusively on the softest settings.

    You can always pony up for some Bilsteins and get them custom valved for your application.
     
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    I run my 9000's at 5 on highway and 3 on mild trails, and 1 on rocks.
     

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