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Posted: 05/13/19 04:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a Ford F250 Quad Cab Short Bed now pulling a 2014 FR Heritage Glen FW. While connecting my Pullrite Super Slide I noticed that my rear shocks outer-case covering the rams are rusting away. So Adjustable 9000's pr Bilsteins? Any thoughts and opinions would be helpful. Also not sure if I need air bags or not, seems to ride failry level but that was unloaded. We are beginning o transfer our stuff from our TT to the FW.

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Posted: 05/13/19 06:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bilsteins. Never Rancho anything.

Bilsteins are a monotube design for better performance.

Rancho now makes a monotube, but the classic RS5000/9000 are twin tube shocks. If you want their competitor to Bilstein, look for a monotube design in the description.

Monroe also offers a monotube, as does KYB (Gas-a-just and Monomax).

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Posted: 05/13/19 06:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I cant speak for Rancho . We have Bilstein 4600 monotubes on our F250 and they made a huge difference while travelling over bridges and general overall towing. My vote is Bills.


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I had adjustable Rancho for years and got tired of crawling under the truck all the time to turn the knobs, which would frequently lock up. Went to Bilsteins last year and they provide a pretty good ride.


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Posted: 05/13/19 12:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

filrupmark wrote:

I cant speak for Rancho . We have Bilstein 4600 monotubes on our F250 and they made a huge difference while travelling over bridges and general overall towing. My vote is Bills.

Same experience for us.


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I put Bilsteins on my '02 D'max, replacing the original shocks. Only about 10 years too late. [emoticon] BIG difference!

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Most of the posts I have read over the years on RV and diesel forums folks swear by their Bilsteins.

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Bils on my truck are about same as OEM. Next set will be Monomax.


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I just put Bilstein 5100’s on my ‘17 F350. Made a huge difference in ride quality over the stock Ford Rancho’s. The stock shocks were very very to compress by hand and slow to rebound. The truck rides and handles much better now, especially when combined with a new Fox steering stabilizer as well. I haven’t tried towing the rv with it yet, but don’t expect any issues.

I got them at 4 wheel parts.

https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/bilstein-4-5100-series-shocks-for-most-lifted-trucks-with-shock-boots-gas-charged-shockingbil5100/_/R-BBGL-SHOCKINGBIL5100


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I had the adjustable Rancho's on my Super Duty and they lasted ~20k miles.


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