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Shocks 101... need info

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BranndonC, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    My current shocks are trash. They cost $25 each... I was looking at the rancho 9000 because I want adjustable, but I don't know if they have 14 inches of travel available.
    For rock crawling/trail riding/hill climbing, which shocks can live up to my offroading? Here's a video of the type of terrain i'll be doing MOST of the time
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7497658226736741754&hl=en skip to about 1:10 or 2:20 to see the bumps (they feel worse than they look)
    Lots of hard bumps is main and some rocks is whats around here.
    Branndon
     
  2. Chevy305

    Chevy305 6 Lug 14bsf Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Dude you are just crawling over those bumps. I you go fast enough you can't even feel the bumps :p:


    I have Rancho RS5000 and they work great. the 9000s would be even better, you sould go for them.
     
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    The 9000s will be my next shock I have had them on a couple of other rigs and always loved them. Gonna get the in cab controller too. They do have a 14" travel shock in the 9000s
     
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    look into the bilstein 5150's. very nice shock w/ a piggyback resivoir. Ive heard really good things aboot them and thats what im going with...
     
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    my shocks are the bilstein 5125 series. i can give you the part numbers when i see your wifey tonight.
     
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    p/n rs99012 which is what im using has 12.875 travel
    p/n rs99034 has 13.875
    p/n rs99036 has 15.000 inches of travel, which is the biggest rancho makes. They have the shock in pro series too.
    edit: here is the place you can browse if you want, but be sure you have the right mounting code.
     
  7. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    how do you like yours jeff? I'm gonna google the 5150's now
     
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    i have no complaints at all. comfortable ride and seemed to handle pretty good in the yellow blazer. They held up after the roll also. i thought they would have blown out. But nope. Come by and visit me at the Chiro. tonight and you can drive it while i get worked on
     
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    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    what time you gettin there?... and you throw out enough suggestive lingo yet ;) haha
     
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    yeah i just re-read that. LOL... Boy oh boy what people must be thinking. LOL...I am usually there by 5:50 - 6:00
     
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    I have been running the Rancho 9000's for about 2 years now and think they are only alright. They are more of a gimic then anything. If you only used them for slower rock crawling they would be fine but they suck for higher speed fire roads and sand. I plan on going to the 5150's when I put the ford shock towers on front. Everything I have read says that a good monotube shock is the better option.
     
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    I went with the 5150's for the front because of what has been repeated in this post. I have heard nothing but good things about them--especially for the price. I found them for $100 a piece. I definately plan on jumping my truck so we'll see if they are up to par. I will be adding bumpstops and limit straps also.

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    For the rear I went a little overboard and went with some Sway-A-Way coilover ready shocks because 4-link is in the near future and didn't want to buy shocks again. But if I went the other direction I would have bought the 5150's for the rear.

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