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Old 03-02-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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Bilstein 5100 or Rancho RS9000XL

I plan on adding a 2.5 inch lift. Which shocks are preferred by the experts? I have only had my Jeep for about 5 months so I am still a novice.

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Old 03-02-2014, 07:57 PM   #2
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Would it be best just to do the Rancho 2" sport lift with the RS9000XL? DD with 33s

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Old 03-02-2014, 07:59 PM   #3
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Theres a ton of comparison between the two on here. I just installed the 5100's on my 2dr and the ride is greatly improved over the Teraflex 9550's that were on it.
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Theres a ton of comparison between the two on here. I just installed the 5100's on my 2dr and the ride is greatly improved over the Teraflex 9550's that were on it.
X2. This is a very popular topic currently. Run a quick search but as usual it depends on your preferences. If you can't decide on ride quality go with the 9000XL because it 9 settings and at least one is bound to the right for you.

I prefer the 5100s but for some they are too firm particularly when they are new.
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Personal preference, but the 2" lift your looking at is hard to beat right now in price.
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I prefer Ranchos... But seriously, you can't go wrong with either. Neither ranchos or billy's will do you wrong
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:36 AM   #7
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The Overland Journal recently did an extensive comparison of the Rancho 9000, Bilstein 5100, OME, Fox 2.0 and ICON shocks in their gear guide.

Rancho came out on top as the Editor's Choice. My Fox shocks seemed to be the least favored.
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The Overland Journal recently did an extensive comparison of the Rancho 9000, Bilstein 5100, OME, Fox 2.0 and ICON shocks in their gear guide. Rancho came out on top as the Editor's Choice. My Fox shocks seemed to be the least favored.
Id like to see this

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Old 03-03-2014, 02:12 PM   #9
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Id like to see this
I've never seen articles from Overland posted online, although you can buy individual issues (not cheap). Good overall article on shocks and how they conducted their dyno testing and track and field testing. They tested on a 10th Anniversary Rubicon with stock springs so that aftermarket springs wouldn't influence the results. Interesting reading.
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The Overland Journal recently did an extensive comparison of the Rancho 9000, Bilstein 5100, OME, Fox 2.0 and ICON shocks in their gear guide.

Rancho came out on top as the Editor's Choice. My Fox shocks seemed to be the least favored.
Really good article. I was impressed with how "techy" they got but kept it fairly easy to understand. I bet a lot of people didn't know shocks get dynoed.

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The 9000's are a great shock. Take advantage of the rebate offer.
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I've never seen articles from Overland posted online, although you can buy individual issues (not cheap). Good overall article on shocks and how they conducted their dyno testing and track and field testing. They tested on a 10th Anniversary Rubicon with stock springs so that aftermarket springs wouldn't influence the results. Interesting reading.
Yeah $12 for this magazine, the Gear 2014 issue. But as stated I thought it was a great read. And it was pretty cool that we came out on top against some pretty big names in the game.
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:00 PM   #11
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I went Rancho for my 3" Lift and the RS9000XL shocks and couldn't be happier!
The rear bumper I got from them leaves a bit to be desired, but that's another thread and probably my own fault for not enough research.

But seriously, Rancho lift/Rancho shocks is a tough-to-beat combination!
I chose the 9000s based on recommendations from here, especially kjeeper10.
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:59 PM   #12
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Awesome to know ... I just purchased my 2" lift from Rancho with the 9000 shocks.
I know they have an adjustable setting for Front and Rear shocks (I believe it's from 1-5). Can anyone chime in and let me know what setting's preferred for a daily driver? NO crawling / NO mudding / NO offroading for now.
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When I first put mine on, I set them all the way soft then drove down the road. It was pretty bouncy, so I just turned it up to half strength and have had it like that for almost a month. I like it there, but it is too cold outside to really sit on the side of the road and change the setting several times to tune it perfectly...

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