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Old 01-07-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
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Are the rancho rs9000xl shocks worth it?

I love the thought of being able to fine tune my ride.. But i know skyjacker makes a self adjusting shock for alot cheaper.. Any comments are more than helpful
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Im about to commit to the rancho 4 inch lift and 9000 shocks im intrested in whats said on this thread no help to you but nice question haha

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Old 01-07-2011, 08:40 PM   #3
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Yeah theyre pretty expensive so im looking for alternatives unless these are just that great
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:45 PM   #4
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Well i was debating getting a lift without shocks and buying seperatly but price is about the same so im just gunna roll with it
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:56 PM   #5
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I've read their reviews and comparison to MX6 shocks-

I've had mine on my JKU for over a year and hiwy/off-road/towing, I've found 4 "favorite" adj points and the RS9000XL shocks are probably the most adaptable satisfying shocks I've ever had-

I can't compare them to the Bilsteins (good)/MX6/FOX or RC-I'lljust stay with the RS9000XL shocks



I've seen them on sale with the "buy three, get one free" $300 bucks !!

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I've read their reviews and comparison to MX6 shocks-

I've had mine on my JKU for over a year and hiwy/off-road/towing, I've found 4 "favorite" adj points and the RS9000XL shocks are probably the most adaptable satisfying shocks I've ever had-

I can't compare them to the Bilsteins (good)/MX6/FOX or RC-I'lljust stay with the RS9000XL shocks

I've seen them on sale with the "buy three, get one free" $300 bucks !!

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How long did it take you to install the airlines? Were the instructions well thought out?
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:15 PM   #7
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Airlines ?????


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How long did it take you to install the airlines? Were the instructions well thought out?
There ain't no stinkin airlines --

These are self contained shocks, with 9 different size hydraulic valve orofices-from "soft" to VERY "stiff"

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Airlines ?????

There ain't no stinkin airlines --

These are self contained shocks, with 9 different size hydraulic valve orofices-from "soft" to VERY "stiff"

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Rancho makes an adjusting kit for them. Has a control module with a small air pump so that you can set the "stiffness" to different levels from the cab. The lines attach to where the manual adjustment knobs are.
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Rancho makes an adjusting kit for them. Has a control module with a small air pump so that you can set the "stiffness" to different levels from the cab. The lines attach to where the manual adjustment knobs are.
Ha, i was under the opinion that you could only run them with the airlines.
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Airlines ?????

There ain't no stinkin airlines --

These are self contained shocks, with 9 different size hydraulic valve orofices-from "soft" to VERY "stiff"

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How do you usually divide it up?
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Ha, new they had a remote, but I didn't want to screw with that, to many more chances in our jeep wprld, for mishaps !!


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How do you usually divide it up?


The shocks have an adj knob with (0 thru 9) adj points and I just keep mine at "5" for normal use, then go to "9" when I tow the trailer--very abrupt/stiff, but thats OK !!

If you'll notice the pic, I have the rear shocks turned 180° for the delicate adj knob protection, from -rocks/logs/clods/bodies-whatever-I've read about them being susceptable to damage in the rear, where we lose awareness of the flotsam/jetsom ()

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Have you tried the 0 setting? Does it ride like a Delta 88?
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Heh Heh, NOPE, I likesem stiff (OOOPS) !!


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Have you tried the 0 setting? Does it ride like a Delta 88?
The setting of 5 I have mine set on, is pretty stiff and keeps any sudden body roll or especially sudden "dips" out of the ride !!

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Heh Heh, NOPE, I likesem stiff (OOOPS) !!

The setting of 5 I have mine set on, is pretty stiff and keeps any sudden body roll or especially sudden "dips" out of the ride !!

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What do you use when your wheeling?
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Ha, new they had a remote, but I didn't want to screw with that, to many more chances in our jeep wprld, for mishaps !!

The shocks have an adj knob with (0 thru 9) adj points and I just keep mine at "5" for normal use, then go to "9" when I tow the trailer--very abrupt/stiff, but thats OK !!

If you'll notice the pic, I have the rear shocks turned 180° for the delicate adj knob protection, from -rocks/logs/clods/bodies-whatever-I've read about them being susceptable to damage in the rear, where we lose awareness of the flotsam/jetsom ()

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Is it from backing up? And bodies? Zombie apocalypse hopefully
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All the time I'm out in the desert and just used it in the NorNv snow-I'm leaving it at "5" and it's fine and dandy



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Is it from backing up? And bodies? Zombie apocalypse hopefully
Yea, I read one time several years ago about a guy that was using the RS9000XLs and he had been out for a day, no troubles, but that night when he was resetting the rear shocks to 5/6, he noticed the one on the passenger side was missing the "orange" adj knob-and guesstimated thad when he had been in the rocks (backing) he had torn off the knob !!

So when he called the (????) they sent him another one, PRONTO !!

Kewl huh ??

Sorry I took so long, I just got back to Ca. from Nevada, after two weeks for xmas and new years--

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Just put the Rancho 9000XL's on my Wrangler Unlimited with 3" Daystar lift and the change is night and day. The ride is so much better on the highway and commuting. I have not even started playing with the adjustment. Basically go them on RockAuto for approx $350 and even though a little pricey compared to other shocks well worth it.
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Rancho's are great shocks and what i've got now. Wouldn't have it any other way.
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All the time I'm out in the desert and just used it in the NorNv snow-I'm leaving it at "5" and it's fine and dandy







Yea, I read one time several years ago about a guy that was using the RS9000XLs and he had been out for a day, no troubles, but that night when he was resetting the rear shocks to 5/6, he noticed the one on the passenger side was missing the "orange" adj knob-and guesstimated thad when he had been in the rocks (backing) he had torn off the knob !!

So when he called the (????) they sent him another one, PRONTO !!

Kewl huh ??

Sorry I took so long, I just got back to Ca. from Nevada, after two weeks for xmas and new years--

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Good service from Rancho!
A thread on this site reminds "you" to mount the rear shocks so that the adjustment knob is towards the inside. Glad I read it before installing mine. Adjustment knobs are very exposed and "begging" to be broken if mounted with the knobs out.
Harder to get at and adjust though.
I like the ability to stiffen them up when I have my Roof Rack, 2 awnings and a RTT on top. Makes it MUCH more stable when I can adjust them for that top heavy load. Reduces the amount of sway in corners and front to back shift on acceleration and deceleration.
I HIGHLY recommend them. Especially if you carry loads up top.
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Personal experience on that. Damn rocks.
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All the time I'm out in the desert and just used it in the NorNv snow-I'm leaving it at "5" and it's fine and dandy







Yea, I read one time several years ago about a guy that was using the RS9000XLs and he had been out for a day, no troubles, but that night when he was resetting the rear shocks to 5/6, he noticed the one on the passenger side was missing the "orange" adj knob-and guesstimated thad when he had been in the rocks (backing) he had torn off the knob !!

So when he called the (????) they sent him another one, PRONTO !!

Kewl huh ??

Sorry I took so long, I just got back to Ca. from Nevada, after two weeks for xmas and new years--

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On the back side, you can turn the shock so the knob is facing front. You still can reach the knob for adjustment and it's protected.

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