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Posted: 04/27/21 06:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How much better are Rancho shocks than the stock 2021 Ford F250 shocks? And which Ranchos are the best for hauling a Truck camper?


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https://www.gorancho.com/products/shock-absorbers/rs9000xl-shock-absorber


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I had a 2006 F350, and the Rancho 9000s provided significant more dampening than the stock Rancho shocks that were nearly new that come with the FX4. So much dampening that the truck wanted to bounce out of a gravel road on turns when I had them on the TC loaded setting. I didn’t do that again. [emoticon]

I ran Front 3- Rear 1 empty and Front 6 -Rear 9 with camper on. Of course, what you find that works the best will be up to you, but the adjustability is very good.

I put Bilstein 4600s on my F450 which is a pretty plush ride, but empty vs TC doesn’t feel that much different on the much heavier F450.


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Rancho 9000's have 9 points of adjustment. I also do the same as jimh425 and am quite happy with them. After a few years they can be hard to adjust though if you don't get some white grease in behind the dials.

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Yep, grease them up with marine grease when you get them. Mine still turn great after being moved from 2 trucks and 5 years later. Rancho 9000's are the best way to go IMHO.

Compare the size of the two shocks, the 9000 is huge and has a lot of dampening ability along with the adjustment.


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Love the 9000XL


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worse junk I ever put installed on my 2015 Ram 3500. I actually returned them under the 30 day free test drive. The rear of the truck would start to osculate on frost heave bumps in the road and only to slow down would stop the osculation after it started. and I kept going over the bump to try every setting, nothing worked accept putting the brand new stock shocks back on.

on my MBS MH I went with Fox 2.0 rear shocks that were valved by Agile Offroad (he also had a MBS motorhome and valved them for his MBS motorhome. he liked the results so well he started to sell them.) Best investment I ever made on shocks.


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What would have made the biggest improvement is getting a 350 instead of a 250. Almost every hard sided camper is going to ride better with the more capable suspension. Shocks are not a way to compensate. I learned that with my Ram 2500. I tried to compensate with airbags and Rancho shocks set high. The ride was jarring and hurt my wife's neck injury. Later I got rid of the airbags, added SuperSprings and was able to back off on the Rancho settings. Now I just run with a Ram 3500, stock shocks and Timbrens to keep the headlights aimed.

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Personally I consider the Ranchos more hype than actual improved performance and my experience with them goes back to 2004. I certainly did not install them on my 2012 F250.

I do however fully recommend airbags. I lift the rear up off of the overload springs and ride on air instead of the springs. That easier ride not only applies to the TC, but also when using the Fiver.


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Another vote for the Rancho 9000 adjustible. One of the best mods I have made. I started with worn out stock shocks, trashed them, put on bilstiens, They were as soft as the old stock shocks, took them off and sold them, put on the 9000's, now I am happy. I set them on 9 when loaded, 4 when empty. It take a few tests to figure out what works best for your combination. I only have them on the rear. I wish I could get them for the front.


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