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Old 03-24-2013, 05:34 PM   #1
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Hey y'all, bought my jeep back in December and the previous owner had put a Rc 4"long arm lift a few years back, and I'm guessing still the shocks the kit came with. Just wanna see what y'all are running and how you like them. Trying to decide if I should stay with rc shocks or get something else. BTW its going on an 02 tj

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Rancho 9000XL on a 6" RC lift...PO had this set up. I'm currently looking at Bilstein's or Metal Cloaks 6pak...

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Old 03-24-2013, 09:00 PM   #3
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RC lift with Bilstein 5100s. Made a world of difference.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:52 PM   #4
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:03 PM   #5
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Ive decided to go with bilstein 5100s. What about a steering stabilizer shock? What the best bang for your buck?$?$
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Rancho RS9000XL. 9-way adjustable FTW! I usually keep them around 4-5 up front and 5-7 in the rear. 8 or 9 all the way around when off roading.
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Rancho RS9000XL. 9-way adjustable FTW! I usually keep them around 4-5 up front and 5-7 in the rear. 8 or 9 all the way around when off roading.
Just curious to what's adjustable about them? Firmness?
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Just curious to what's adjustable about them? Firmness?
Yup. You can really feel the difference between settings.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:26 PM   #9
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yeah i also have the rancho rs9000xl's and i think mine are set at 2 though and the jeep rides nice. They are made in usa and come with a limited lifetime warranty. they are a good product so far and the adjustability is awesome because you dont have to buy a shock and install it only to find out you hate the ride and then your kinda screwed because you would be stuck with them... not with the rancho rs9000xl's!!
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:35 AM   #10
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I also run RS 9000XL adjustables

05 LJ, 3" lift.

I set them at 4 for the street, higher if I'm carrying heavy cargo... and zero for relatively slow offroad/trails.

Be aware that Rancho does not apply any rust preventative to the adjuster mechanism. If your rig is a DD in winter where roads are salted, it doesn't take long for the adjuster mechanism to stop working because of rust. Fortunately, Rancho will warranty them for this issue.
I applied plenty of anti-seize to the adjusters on my new set, and have made that part of my maintenance.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:42 PM   #11
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I just replaced my skyjacker shocks, super soft. I recently did some trailing in Joshua Tree and I was hearing some weird noises in the rear, when I checked I found that the RT rear bushing was smashed and the LT rear upper mount was broken and hanging on with one bolt. I replaced them with the Rancho xl's and its a night and day difference... love these new Ranchos, I have them set at 7 for the street right now and it handles like a car.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:47 PM   #12
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Seems to me like the rancho xl's are the way to go. Good thing I haven't ordered yet!
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:09 AM   #13
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So I finally got the time and funds for new shocks and went with bilstein 5100's. They ride so much better then my other shocks. When I took my old shocks out I could push them down and they would stay in the same place I put them, versus the bilsteins have pressure on them pushing them up. My question is, are my old shocks bad, or is there different types of shocks? Were the old ones like more of a dampener and if so are they still good?
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:19 AM   #14
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I'm running Zone Nitro shocks at the moment...next set will be bilstein 5100's or rancho 9000's but these are about brand new so it'll be a while.

Ride fine for me on the street and do graet offroad...
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When I took my old shocks out I could push them down and they would stay in the same place I put them, versus the bilsteins have pressure on them pushing them up. My question is, are my old shocks bad, or is there different types of shocks? Were the old ones like more of a dampener and if so are they still good?
Those would be Hydraulic shocks. Once you take them out, they don't extend on their own. Bilsteins are gas-charged shocks. Most likely, your old shocks are fine.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:41 AM   #16
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Those would be Hydraulic shocks. Once you take them out, they don't extend on their own. Bilsteins are gas-charged shocks. Most likely, your old shocks are fine.
OK thanks! One more thing, will I see a difference crawling? Will there be less flex with the gas charged shocks.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:45 AM   #17
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Your flex would be relative to the shock's length. If anything changes it should be improvement.

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