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Old 09-12-2013, 10:11 PM   #1
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Rancho rs9000xl shocks

I just recently purchased a new rancho 3"trail lift and these 9000xl shocks. Will those of you who already have these shocks please chime in and let us know what you have found to be the "sweet spot" setting on these shocks?

Obviously the numbers are different for on road and off road. Please tell why you like the way you set yours up.

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I have the 2" lift and run 3 in the front and 5 on the back for highway driving. The stiffer back seems to help with the rocking when making a slow turn where there are dips at intersections.
I haven't had a chance to get it on the trails yet so I can't help ya there.
Just play with it till you find what works best for you.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:18 PM   #4
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How do ypu like tbe 3"lift? Any pics
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I ran 3 all around. 3/4 seems to be the sweet spot.
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How do ypu like tbe 3"lift? Any pics
I have t installed it yet.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:53 PM   #7
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With my oem bumpers I used 1s all around. When towing my boat, I would reach under and set 9 at rears only. When I put my new Poison Spyder bumpers front and rear with M8000 I set 9 all around and it is good. I might try to set 7s to c if its better, but 9 isn't really too stiff. I'm still trying to find the sweet spot too!
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With 2in lift and 9000 shocks, should I consider sway extensions?
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I started out at 4/5. Now I run them at 3 around town, and 5 or 6 for forest roads. When we head for the desert this winter we'll see what they need
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I am running 3/4 before installing the TF Performance Leveling Kit. I've noticed a ride change post life and am tweaking the shock settings. Gonna go from 4 to 5 in the back since my DD is mainly highway. Will post back here with results.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:03 PM   #11
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2dr, 2.5 lift....run 3/3 on road, 3/4 to 3/5 off road
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I seem to like the feel at 6/5 for everyday driving.
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How do ypu like tbe 3"lift? Any pics
3" Rancho Trail system with 315/70/17 ProComp Extreme AT's. RS9000xl shocks in front, rS5000 in rear. Front are set to 3 and rear is 4 on highway and 5 when on the trails. Love the ride. Only had to do a front driveline and add 1 1/2" wheel spacers. Oh and the exhaust extension to clear the driveshaft. I've all I got 4 1/2" in the front and 4" lift in rear. Once I get the bumpers and coils settle a little, should be closer to a 3-4 inch lift
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:36 PM   #14
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Installed thse a few months back..front adjusters are on the sides and the rear adjusters are facing towards the axle for protection offroad...cant remember which way to turn the dial for softer or stiffer..any help without having to go trial and error
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3" Rancho Trail system with 315/70/17 ProComp Extreme AT's. RS9000xl shocks in front, rS5000 in rear. Front are set to 3 and rear is 4 on highway and 5 when on the trails. Love the ride. Only had to do a front driveline and add 1 1/2" wheel spacers. Oh and the exhaust extension to clear the driveshaft. I've all I got 4 1/2" in the front and 4" lift in rear. Once I get the bumpers and coils settle a little, should be closer to a 3-4 inch lift
Looks good…did you use correction brackets? How does your JK drive after the lift?
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Ok, stupid question, but why would you want the shocks stiffer offroad? Doesn't sound like you want your fillings shaken out, seems like offroad you want the softest setting, giving you the most compliance....or am I missing something?
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Any sway extensions on a 2 inch?
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:41 AM   #18
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this is why i just bought the 5000s they were supposed to be the middle of the range of the 9000.
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Looks good…did you use correction brackets? How does your JK drive after the lift?
No brackets and drives much better. I am very pleased with the set up.
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No brackets and drives much better. I am very pleased with the set up.
I have the brackets so I am going to install them too! Mine should look very similar to yours after the install. I went with the red shocks and arms…I can't wait. My tires are 33.5's though. Hopefully they won't look too small.
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Ok, stupid question, but why would you want the shocks stiffer offroad? Doesn't sound like you want your fillings shaken out, seems like offroad you want the softest setting, giving you the most compliance....or am I missing something?
Not a stupid question at all. You are not missing anything. You have it right. When I switched from Bilstein shocks to Rancho 9000's it reminded me of my early dirt bike days when I switched from an old trail bike that had hard springs and stiff shocks that bounced over every bump to a modern moto x long travel and soft suspension that soaked everything up. The Rancho shocks have great compression AND rebound dampening at the lower (softer) settings off road.
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Does this 3" rancho lift require wheel spacers for stock rubicon wheels? Says in the instructions it doesn't with stock sized tires.
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Not a stupid question at all. You are not missing anything. You have it right. When I switched from Bilstein shocks to Rancho 9000's it reminded me of my early dirt bike days when I switched from an old trail bike that had hard springs and stiff shocks that bounced over every bump to a modern moto x long travel and soft suspension that soaked everything up. The Rancho shocks have great compression AND rebound dampening at the lower (softer) settings off road.
Ok, so Im not crazy. I struggled very hard to understand why on earth you would want fast acting suspension offroad (other than a prerunner 110mph race truck.)
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:44 AM   #24
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Went 3 (from 4) on the front and from 4 to 5 on the read post life install. Love these shocks and great ride.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:14 AM   #25
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I just reset my Rancho RS9000XL shocks as well. I had them set on 5 all around to see how they rode. Now I have them set at 2 front and 3 rear, awesome ride on bumpy back roads. The AEV correction brackets also smooth out the ride on the frontend some.
For pulling a trailer I set the rear at 6.
BTW this is on a 08 JKU on 35s.

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