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Old 10-18-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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Racho 9000xl vs. Fox 2.0

Anyone have experience with both of these? I'm just wondering what's the pros and cons of each.

Also, if I did go with the Rancho shocks, which should I purchase? I have a RK 2.5" lift but I'm probably going to go higher in the future. Are the 29/30's with just under RK's recommended 27" extension fine or should I go with the 31/32 combo that's a bit over the 27" Is there going to be a big difference?

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Anyone have experience with both of these? I'm just wondering what's the pros and cons of each.

Also, if I did go with the Rancho shocks, which should I purchase? I have a RK 2.5" lift but I'm probably going to go higher in the future. Are the 29/30's with just under RK's recommended 27" extension fine or should I go with the 31/32 combo that's a bit over the 27" Is there going to be a big difference?
Kjeeper10 has a special affinity for the 9000xl's

When I am ready, the adjustability sounds like a big plus so that will be my choice

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Hello, my names ken and I love my 9000's

Really can't go wrong with a adjustable shock
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:22 AM   #4
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What about the lengths?
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:23 AM   #5
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I run the Fox IFP 2.0's. They are a great shock. Plus, with the RK 2.5" lifts that ou are running, we run a longer shock as well. We usually do the 4-6" lift height with these. We have had zero complants about them!

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Old 10-18-2012, 10:25 AM   #6
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What about the lengths?
RK recs 27" front and 26" rear.

I run the 4" long arm fronts which are 27" plus and 4" short arms which are 26"
31xl and 29XL
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RK recs 27" front and 26" rear.
Do you run manual control or wireless control ranchos
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Why not the 32 in the rear?
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Anyone have experience with both of these? I'm just wondering what's the pros and cons of each.

Also, if I did go with the Rancho shocks, which should I purchase? I have a RK 2.5" lift but I'm probably going to go higher in the future. Are the 29/30's with just under RK's recommended 27" extension fine or should I go with the 31/32 combo that's a bit over the 27" Is there going to be a big difference?
subscribe. very interesting Q!!!
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I did not want to exceed RK'S rear extended max length of 26"

The front 31's are 27.3 and rear 30's are 26" according to this chart.

Works out perfectly to RK's recommendations

In most cases the 29 and 30 will be fine for
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Basically asking if 27" is ok for the rear ?

That I don't know
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Do you run manual control or wireless control ranchos
Manual. Takes less then a minute to adjust
Plus I hear story's of air leaks within the lines that control the shock adjustment.
Plus it's like $200
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:04 AM   #13
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Basically asking if 27" is ok for the rear ?

That I don't know
OK, so I think this will be the last piece of the puzzle. If you can't have exact extension and collapse numbers, is it better to be outside the suggested range or inside? Does this apply for extended and collapsed?

Like say it's 16-27 reccomended, would it be better to buy a 15.5-27.5 shock, a 16.5-26.5 shock, a 16.5-27.5 shock, or a 15.5-26.5 shock?

From what I've read, I'll be getting more than 2.5" with a jeep that has no aftermarket parts. Eventually I'm going to get the 3.5" lift, bumpers, new wheels and tires, a winch, and a kitchen sink, but for now with just the RK 2.5", people have been quoting larger numbers with a lift in similar circumstances.
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OK, so I think this will be the last piece of the puzzle. If you can't have exact extension and collapse numbers, is it better to be outside the suggested range or inside? Does this apply for extended and collapsed?

Like say it's 16-27 reccomended, would it be better to buy a 15.5-27.5 shock, a 16.5-26.5 shock, a 16.5-27.5 shock, or a 15.5-26.5 shock?

From what I've read, I'll be getting more than 2.5" with a jeep that has no aftermarket parts. Eventually I'm going to get the 3.5" lift, bumpers, new wheels and tires, a winch, and a kitchen sink, but for now with just the RK 2.5", people have been quoting larger numbers with a lift in similar circumstances.
Well that's just a number (27" 26")

Collapsed will depend on the proper bumpstop heights I believe. Limiting straps will prevent from overextending. I don't know how RK got those numbers.
I would be more concerned with collapsed length then extended. Then again, it's a $75 shock. One goes boom- replace it.
Kill a $800 shock

Some people run 11" 12" total travel shocks on smaller lifts for travel. The rig would have to be setup for this.
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I went with Jason's recommendation and got the Fox IFP 2.0 (4"-6" lift) and am very happy with them so far. They're heavy duty and a very stout product so far. They're a little firmer than stock, but I like that "truck" feel.
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I went ahead and ordered your setup of the 30/31.

I was interested in the Fox shocks, but I was a bit leary about the ride. I've been in another lifted jeep and it was like riding on boards. I really didn't want to get stuck with a ride I didn't like and I liked having the adjustability on the coilovers in my previous VWs, so that swayed me in the direction of the ranchos.
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Suckers !!!!! Rofl

2 door/4 door, style coils, weight will all play a part in ride.

I tried the popular Bilsteins on my 2 door and hated the ride. Even on a softer with the Softer setting it still rides like a jeep. Still has the truck feel without the harshness.
I used the stock bushings up top rather than the very stiff red ones they provide. I don't know if it makes a difference or not.

Post up when you get them on.
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Youll love the ranchos... PO put these on with the wireless controller and have zero complaints... plus the adjustable dampening is awesome, subtle, but definitely noticeable. When i get around to buying a lift ill be sticking with these.
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Ranchos are nice, but I would rather have a custom valved Fox shock directly from the Fox R&D shop. Problem is price. I run the Bilsteins and they work great for the heavy unlimited. I hear they are a little stiff on the 2 door.
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Ranchos are nice, but I would rather have a custom valved Fox shock directly from the Fox R&D shop. Problem is price. I run the Bilsteins and they work great for the heavy unlimited. I hear they are a little stiff on the 2 door.
I want Fox shocks with the resevior and adjustibility, but $300 for a set of shocks vs. $800 is a bit much when I may have to upgrade in the future.
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I want Fox shocks with the resevior and adjustibility, but $300 for a set of shocks vs. $800 is a bit much when I may have to upgrade in the future.
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Ranchos are nice, but I would rather have a custom valved Fox shock directly from the Fox R&D shop. Problem is price. I run the Bilsteins and they work great for the heavy unlimited. I hear they are a little stiff on the 2 door.
I just don't see the point in a $300 or $800 shock unless you are running high speeds off road. Or want a pretty "looking" shock.
I love the Rancho's, and for $75-$100 you smash one or it breaks for some reason --just replace it.
Along with a 9 way adjustment

By far my best mod.

As far as the Bilsteins- they did ride harsh on my 2 door. So did the TF 9550's I tried.
level 9 is still softer than both of them. I felt every bump in the road
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Somebody just posted, Amazon rs9000xl shocks for $87 each.
Add the rebate
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ABout $261 for an entire set. That was another incentive.
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Just wanted to bump this thread to see peoples long term comparisons
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I ordered the Rancho's yesterday. I currently run the Pro Comp ES9000 and hate them. What are the best settings for the Ranchos's ?
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I ordered the Rancho's yesterday. I currently run the Pro Comp ES9000 and hate them. What are the best settings for the Ranchos's ?

I ran then at 5 on the road until the frost heaves set in now I run them at 3. Off road I run them stiff around 9.

I love these shocks, I can dial them in for any situation and it really changes the ride.
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After maybe 3-4 months, the 5100s seemed to become softer on my 2-door. They dampen fast/hard hits better than anything I have tried so far. So, I kept them and will toss them on the 4-door if/when I lift. A friend used the 5100s for a while and is now trying the adjustable Ranchos. Waiting for his comparo....
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After maybe 3-4 months, the 5100s seemed to become softer on my 2-door. They dampen fast/hard hits better than anything I have tried so far. So, I kept them and will toss them on the 4-door if/when I lift. A friend used the 5100s for a while and is now trying the adjustable Ranchos. Waiting for his comparo....
My 6 month old 5100s are quite a bit softer now than when new too. It's been a great shock so far with reliable results. Did you take the boots off of yours or keep them on? With all of the sand in my region, I'm concerned about trapping sand/ debris in there.
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I took the boots off, as do most here in Colorado. Too much sandy granite to risk trapping in the boots.

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