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Shock opinions

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MILOLGJC, Mar 1, 2003.

  1. MILOLGJC

    MILOLGJC Registered Member

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    I have a 76 K-5 4x4 that is in need of some new shocks. It has one on each wheel. The vehicle sees very little off-road use and then only in the fields on fairly flat ground. Some places I have checked with recommend KYB or Rancho's(SP) I believe. Any recommendations would be welcomed. Thanks.
     
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    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    Swanson52 1/2 ton status

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    I think most recommendations will depend on how much you plan to spend. What's your budget?
     
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    Ya, I have to agree with Swanson there. I installed a set of Rancho RS9000's on my dads F350, and they are awesome. They were about $70 each though, and they are the older design. The new design is about $85 each. They are bad arse shocks though. If your budjet is tighter then you could opt for a Rancho RSX, or 5000 series. Edelbrock makes a good street shock to from what I hear. I have not really delt with many other shocks beside those though.
     
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    I will have to agree with Hossbaby50, I installed rs9000's last weekend on the front and I LOVE THEM!
     
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    MILOLGJC Registered Member

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    The shocks on the beast are worn badly. The shock bushings are cracked and the vehicle bounces slightly at speed. We got the truck from my father this past fall and are trying to fix it up a bit. I thought maybe in the $250-300 range would be reasonable. I am spending $$$ on this thing every month in order to play catch-up from years of neglect. One last Q...how hard was it removing the upper and lower bolts on the shocks. I would be a ton that these shocks have been on the truck quite a while by the looks of them.
     
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    If you don't plan on a lift and want to do it right, go with the Rancho 9000's. They are now 9 way adjustable for ride, and are GREAT shocks. You can set the stock to the setting that makes your truck ride the best, and then adjust if for a heavy load or whatever you want.
     
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    don't want to spend more than say $150 myself, any opinions in the cheap shock market?
     
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    Just get a set of Gabriel LT shocks with VST they work great on or off road and only cost around 30.00 ea. They ride and handle way better than my old Rancho RS 5000s. Cheaper too.

    KYBs are also an excelent shock if you have a stock truck. And are priced farily reasonable for a performance shock.
    I really cant see any reason to spend a bunch of money(80.00+ /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif) on shocks if you are driving a stock rig.
     
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    In the $150 range I would go with the DT's
    thats what I'm going with once I get the funds transfered

    -Jeremy
     
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    It seems like most people here would have to disagree with me, but I would not buy another set of rancho RS9000's. I run dual shock on the front and they still fade fast when I am wheeling in the dunes /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif. I will say that the RSX's have good on road (and offroad) ride characteristics and are cheaper than the 9000's. Many people around here really like doetsch tech shocks and they are pretty cheap too. I would recommend that whatever you choose, make sure they are gas charged.
     
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    DT8000s, best shock you can get for $35 a pop. hell, prolly the best non-adjustable shock u can get for under $75 a pop. Give WTO a ring, they can hook u up! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    j
     
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    If you don't plan on a lift and want to do it right, go with the Rancho 9000's. They are now 9 way adjustable for ride, and are GREAT shocks. You can set the stock to the setting that makes your truck ride the best, and then adjust if for a heavy load or whatever you want.

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    Yeah at first I was skeptical, I have them on my blazer and there awesome, I run them at the softest position around town and for having 10" springs the ride is pretty soft. Got a load or wanna wheel, crank em up, id say there worth it.
     

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