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Surferkim

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Posted: 05/05/06 08:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK here we go! After researching shocks for our Dodge truck by calling three of the most reputable companies in town: Off Road Wherehouse, the Foreman. John Hine Dodge, The shop Foreman. Bee Line Alignment (arguably the best in town),talked to the Owner. All three said do not waste your money on Ranchos. The suggestion of all three was to wait for Bilstein to come out with a shock for my truck which they already have a part number for, so it will be out soon. The owner of Bee Line also suggested the Monroe Reflex. He said Monroe makes Ranchos but would not put them on my truck if he were me. They all three said I would not be happy with the ride or performance of the Ranchos. Also they have a tendency to rust out. So I guess my question is why are so many of you using them and why?


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Don't know what they are talking about. They are way better then the stock ones I took off! I have no complaints at all.


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I have to disagree. I have had mine for almost 3 years and don't have any complaints. I think it is the best improvement for the money that you can do if carrying a t/c.
Just MY opinion.
I do notice most Ranchos do have surface rust on them, but to "rust out" would take along time.


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I have had the two on the rear rust out all ready and leak (4years old), AND they will not warranty them because I have commercial plates on the truck, which I have to have in MA due to the GVW.
I will be looking for something else next time.


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Surferkim wrote:

So I guess my question is why are so many of you using them and why?


Excellent ride and performance. Adjustability. Life-time replacement warranty. Affordable. Available. Work wonderful in conjunction with my air bags.

I would guess the shock salesmen you talked to don't have TCs. However the white metal casing of the shock will rust. But I've never seen a steel-cased shock that didn't.

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I've had Rancho 9000s on my 4x4 SUV for over 5 years and no rusting problems. They have a lifetime warranty, so I don't think that would be an issue. I did, however, have two Bilsteins catastrophically fail on my F250. They were on the truck when I bought it and I knew nothing about the brand until the two front shocks blew up while I was in Death Valley last year going down the Racetrack Road. I replaced all 4 of them with Rancho RSX and haven't had any problems.

I used to belong to a 4x4 club and the predominant shock of preference was Rancho.


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campermama wrote:

Don't know what they are talking about. They are way better then the stock ones I took off! I have no complaints at all.

Heck! anything would be better than the OEM's

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FF1063 wrote:

Do the three people own TC's and why would they be a waste of money if currently they are the best available product.

Ron

They were all told What kind of TC and the weight of it. The exact words of all three which I found peculiar was "You won't be happy with them" it was almost like a recording. And yes all three deal with rigs like ours. They all agreed the stock shocks are not any good, Duh!

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I would expect them to bad-mouth a product they can't provide. And if possible, try to steer you toward one they could sell you. I posted a topic recently about my never-ending effort to thwart the leaks. I still would recommend them (not the installer!). The ride is great with or without the TC. Having the in-cab control probably causes the leak, but because of the in-cab, it makes a leak less difficult to deal with.

However, I wouldn't say that Rancho's are the only system that should be considered. I'm sure just like the Rickson / Vision issue, or the Dodge / Ford / GM arguement often debated here, the Rancho / Bilstein / Monroe issue is valid as well.

Get what makes you happy and comfortable (mentally and rig-wise).


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