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Shock Recomendations Please ......

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Stoopalini, Jan 10, 2001.

  1. Stoopalini

    Stoopalini 1/2 ton status

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    I need to get 6 new shocks after I install my 2 1/2" lift and would like some suggestions on what to get.

    I hear a lot of talk about Rancho 5000 and 9000 series. Will either of these shocks be ok with a 2 1/2" lift?

    I would like to get as much extension as I can get without comprimising compression and was wondering if there is a way to get the # of inches compressed and extended of a shock?

    Any help is appreciated

    Thomas.

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  2. 90K5

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    I have RS9000s on mine and love them. Thay are great when you need to adjust the ride. I put them on 1 in the front and 2 in the back, except when I tow, then 4 in the back. Make sure you get the right length, for a 2.5-4" lift, and not the size on there now.

    90K5

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  3. Stoopalini

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    So are RS9000 shocks the same length for a 2 1/2" and a 4" lift? If so, are there any other differences between a 4" and a 21/2" RS9000 shock?

    The reason I'm asking is because Truckfan2 is selling some RS9000 shocks and he stated that they are for a 4" lift. I'm wondering if they will work for me?

    Thanks 90K5,

    Thomas.

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  4. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

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    They should work. The sizes I know of are 0-2" lift, and 2.5-4" lift. They should be fine, just as long as they are not worn out too much.

    90K5

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  5. Burt4x4

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    I have the 9000 too and must say thats one fine shock! If and when I need to replace mine I will get RS9000 once again!

    72K5[​IMG]Led Zeppelin[​IMG]Rock ON![​IMG]
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  6. CV202

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    I've got dual shocks all around, kicker shocks and steering stabilizers, 12 shocks total-All Rancho. I love 'em!! They're all 5000 series and they even have a lifetime warrantee. Plus the prices are reasonable. Just my two cents.....

    Why do people keep calling it a Bronco!!!!!
     
  7. kpanza

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    The best way to do it is to measure the distance between the bottom shock mount and the top shock mount (center to center of the shock bolts). Get this measurement after you are all done lifting the truck, then figure it out. Any good 4x4 store will have the Rancho catalog and they can give you the dimensions of all the Rancho shocks. I tend to go a little longer than needed, I go for more extension than compression. They should be able to tell you the exact inches of compression vs extension. I would go with the RS 9000s, they are great shocks, and the ability to adjust is great! I love mine, and they have a lifetime warranty, so you wear em out, they replace em!!
     
  8. DPI

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    This is hard to read and you need Acrobat Reader, but it gives you compressed and extended lengths and part numbers for the Ranch shocks. Hope this helps!
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.gorancho.com/images/Specs.PDF>http://www.gorancho.com/images/Specs.PDF</A>

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  9. tRustyK5

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    Rancho shocks have a lifetime warranty? My 5000's are junk now. Anyone have a few more details on their warranty?

    Rene

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  10. DPI

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    Is this enough details for ya?
    RS1000/RS5000/RS5600/RS9000 LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY
    Limited lifetime warranty on these Rancho shock absorbers, Rancho Industries warrants each new shock against factory defects in material and workmanship (except for finish, including the shock boot) for as long as the original retail purchaser owns the vehicle on which the units were originally installed.
    If the consumer is unable to return to the original place of purchase or an Authorized installer, the consumer may contact Rancho Industries at (800) 574 – 6257 to obtain Return Authorization Number prior to shipping. The consumer will be responsible for removing from the vehicle and returning any defective item(s), transportation cost pre-paid, to the folowing address: 1 International Drive, Monroe, MI 48161. A copy of the sales receipt is required for any warranty adjustments. Rancho Industries will, without charge, repair or replace at its option, defective products or component part(s). Such item(s) will be sent to the consumer with transportation costs prepaid within the United States from Rancho Industries. The consumer will be responsible for reinstallation.
    Here is more detail.
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.gorancho.com/page197.htm>http://www.gorancho.com/page197.htm</A>


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  11. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Cool, now I just have to find my receipt [​IMG][​IMG]
    I think I just might go with the 9000's and frame the receipt on the wall or something! [​IMG]

    Rene

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  12. Stoopalini

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    Awesome info guys! Thanks a lot. I guess I will go with the RS9000's then.

    Next question:

    Do I really need 6 of them? Can I get away with only 4?
    If so, would I mount them to the upper or the lower mount?

    Thanks again guys,

    Thomas

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  13. tRustyK5

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    I think 4 is plenty. I've heard that the dual front shocks harshen the ride. As far as which front mount to use I have no idea, I'm not sure which mount corresponds to the single mount set-up.

    Rene

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    Stoop,

    4 is definately enough. If the ride is still too soft for you, then just raise the shock level and there you go. RS9000s are the way to go.
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  15. SAVAGE1

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    How much do the RS 9000's usually go for?

    BLAZER FOOD!!
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  16. Stoopalini

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    Cool ..... 4 it is then.
    How about which mount to use? I guess the upper one huh? considering that the shocks are designed for a 2 1/2" - 4" lift and I'm only installing a 2 1/2".

    opinions?

    Savage1, check out:

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  17. Impex

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    What do you keep your settings at? On the road i keep mine at 1 but when should i switch them? What type of terrian requires each setting?1-2-3-4-5

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    Check 4low.com the 9000's were $60 a piece last time I checked. Mabey you can get a price match at your favorite vendor.
     
  19. Derf00

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    When I did my lift, I failed to listen to the good folks on this site. I used the Ranch 5000, which I like, but put 6 back on like stock. The ride was really stiff. I recently took off two of the front quads. It made all the difference in the world, the ride is now as good or better than stock.

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by Derf00 on 01/12/01 04:41 AM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
  20. Stoopalini

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    Really? Does this mean you have 2 RS5000's that you no longer need? .....[​IMG]..... Interested in selling them?

    I figure the different settings on the RS9000 are great for towing, so maybe I could get away with RS5000's on the front and RS9000's on the rear?

    Thomas.

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