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narcodog

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Posted: 05/22/20 08:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My Rancho 9000's are 17 years old and have about 150K miles on them. They seem to be just fine.

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Rust or not, I would leave them.

Bilstien?: one leaked on my Jeep.

I replaced the Bilstiens with like-kind on the Jeep. No improvement.
I wish that I had gone with a Rancho 9000 for the adjustable feature.


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I replaced my 140,000 mile, 20 year old rear shocks, and 50,000 mile Monromatic fronts with the magic big dollar Bilstein 4600's. Due to internet recommendations. They were worse than the old worn out shocks. Worse thing I
I've ever done to my truck. I ended up taking them off and selling them on facebook for a 75% loss. I put Rancho 9000 adjustables on the back, and Monroe gas matics on the front (because rancho 9000's aren't available for the front of my truck)
I love the ranchos on the rear, they are awesome. THe monroes on the front are way better than the bilstiens, but still a little soft.


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Hemi Joel, I think you would be considered an outlier considering you have a 27 year old truck with a giant triple slide. I wouldn’t imagine that any manufacturer creates shocks for your intended uses which seems to be what you are seeing. That’s not quite a Bilstein issue. I’d probably considering a doubleshocking the front and maybe even the rear, but keep an eye on the frame if you haven’t reinforced it.


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When your shocks wear out its a gradual thing until one day you find your vehicle bouncing for a half a mile after hitting an overpass.

At that point any new shock is going to be an improvement.

Too bad there's not a way to try 2-3 different brands for a few hundred miles each so you could see if there really is a difference.

I see this all the time in the ATV tire world.

The factory tires are as cheap of a tire as they can find to keep cost and weight down. Then people buy their first set of tires and think they are the greatest tire in the world even though they have never experienced any other tires.

I don't care for the most popular ATV tire out there.

But then I've been able to test 7-8 different tires for about 200 miles each. So I got to experience different tires under the same conditions and the difference between them became obvious.

If we could do this with shocks maybe some folks would change their minds in what they think are the best.

I did as much research as I could and bought what I felt would be the best for me.


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narcodog wrote:

My Rancho 9000's are 17 years old and have about 150K miles on them. They seem to be just fine.


You probably have the longest lasting set of Ranchos ever!


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Hemi Joel wrote:

I replaced my 140,000 mile, 20 year old rear shocks, and 50,000 mile Monromatic fronts with the magic big dollar Bilstein 4600's. Due to internet recommendations. They were worse than the old worn out shocks. Worse thing I
I've ever done to my truck. I ended up taking them off and selling them on facebook for a 75% loss. I put Rancho 9000 adjustables on the back, and Monroe gas matics on the front (because rancho 9000's aren't available for the front of my truck)
I love the ranchos on the rear, they are awesome. THe monroes on the front are way better than the bilstiens, but still a little soft.


You're saying the Bilsteins were too soft?
Doesn't seem plausible compared to the Monroe shocks. Maybe softer than 9000s cranked up.

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I changed out my OEM shocks at 35,000 miles for Bilstein 4600's, WOW what an improvement. Just like good tires, you'll instantly feel the difference. Much less sway and porpoise effect while on the road. Like everything in life, there is no "best" only what works the best for you.


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jimh425 wrote:

We found the Bilstein 4600s a big improvement over the stock shocks with 100k on them.
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I had the 9000 series Rancho and was happy with the adjustment. Once I tuned them in to my setup, I did not change them, but 8 was glad to have initial ability to tune the ride.

The Ford branded Rancho shocks are poor for heavy loads and were not suggested for hauling heavy loads - They provide better unloaded ride.


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