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Hvyhauler

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Posted: 03/10/12 09:08am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello Everyone,

Need some towing and hauling experiences/recomendations from those using these two different shocks (KYB or Rancho).I'm getting ready to order 4 new shocks for our 2006 Dodge cc drw 4x4 lwb which shares duties hauling a Lance 1130 and pulling a Montana 36 foot 5th wheel.All feedback is greatly appreciated.

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I have Rancho 9000's and have been happy with them. I like having the ability to adjust them when the camper is off.

You will probably get good reviews on both.


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I have the KYB monomax on the rear. I do notice speed bumps more than I use to when empty, but the stock shocks were 6 years old. With the camper on the ride is smooth.


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Posted: 03/10/12 10:06am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I run the Ranchos. Work great with camper on, I don't change them so the unloaded ride is a bit stiffer but doesn't bother me. No experience with the KYBs


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No kyb experience. With Rancho 9k's: 3 on all shocks. With camper: 7 front/9 rear.

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Not a fan of Ranchos but just ordered a set of Bilstein 5100 for my Dodge. Waiting for them to get here to install. Lots of people rave about them on the cummins forum.


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Posted: 03/10/12 11:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I run Ranchos, they work well for us-I like & use the adjustability. Only expereance with KYBs was on our jeep. They worked well, were compliant for normal driving, when getting in rough stuff they 'pump up' offereing more resistance, also working well. However on say wash board roads like long dessert roads-found they pumped up and stayed there-never having the chance to bleed down were hard as a rock. Ran em for a year befor I removed-just to harsh for me. Because of the 'pumping up' I'd be hesitant to use KYBs unless I knew I would not see wash board-otherwise a good shock. I went to Ranchos 9000s on jeep too but only for initial dialing in to match custom suspension, easier than trying to guestimate valving.
No experiance with camper and other shocks (excluding factory shocks which didnt work).


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My truck is same as yours and I run KYBs and like them a lot. Much improved handling with the camper over the stock shocks. I don't think they are too harsh when empty (no worse than stock), but I am used to and like a firm ride. I think the biggest question is whether you want to be able to adjust. I decided that I didn't want one more thing to do when loading/unloading the camper and only adjust rear tire pressure.


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I have been running the Bilstein 5100's for several years on my 2005 Excursion that is running F350 Springs. I have the Rancho RS9000's on my F350 camper hauler. THe Bilsteins are great for everyday, and hauling my 30ft TT and are stiffer than the stock shocks. The Ranchos are very nice to be able to adjust front and rear. Especially since my truck is the camper hauler, the daily driver, the snowplow truck and the fire wood hauler. So I can adjust the RS9000's very easily to the task that I am using the truck for at the time. I can stiffen up the front when the very heavy plow is up front, but turn them back when the plow is off and the camper is on. Lots of options.

Good luck on your decision!

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changed from Bistein 5100 to KYB Monomax...a difference like day and night. The Monomax are extremely stiff, perfect for heavy camper, but very comfortable with empty truck.





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