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Old 03-01-2014, 12:14 AM   #1
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Bilstein 5100 or Rancho RS9000XL

I know it has been discussed before but those threads older. Anyways, I was wondering what everyone had to say about either of these shocks and which they would recommend? Is the adjustability of the Ranchos that great of a feature? They are both around the same price so I'd like to know which one is the better of the two. Or even another recommendation if you have one?

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The ranchos are adjustable AND they're a great shock. The Billy's are great shocks too. Can't go wrong with either. I suggest Ranchos... but I'm biased.

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I know it has been discussed before but those threads older. Anyways, I was wondering what everyone had to say about either of these shocks and which they would recommend? Is the adjustability of the Ranchos that great of a feature? They are both around the same price so I'd like to know which one is the better of the two. Or even another recommendation if you have one?
I've been researching and pricing these shocks for a couple of months now and have decided on the Ranchos. FYI- Rancho just started their Spring Rebate Promotion yesterday.
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Can't speak to be Bilsteins but I've had the RS9000XLs for over a year now and really like them. Since my TJ is a DD, I soften them up for highway, and firm them up for trail.
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I have the 5100s and love them, definitely recommend them. However, i have heard great things from the ranchos so i say either way you cant go wrong.
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Rancho's for like 4 years now and I will never go for a normal shock again.
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I don't have any experience with the Ranchos but I love my Bilstein 5100s.
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:32 AM   #9
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Anyone know if the rebate is only good through 4wheel parts or any store and if the RS7000 is included?. I just ordered them
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rebate is from rancho so got to their sire for rebate details
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I'm real bias....
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I know it has been discussed before but those threads older. Anyways, I was wondering what everyone had to say about either of these shocks and which they would recommend? Is the adjustability of the Ranchos that great of a feature? They are both around the same price so I'd like to know which one is the better of the two. Or even another recommendation if you have one?
So a monotube is a high charged nitrogen shock that offers a firm/responsive ride, some don't like this.
While the 9000's are a low charged nitrogen shock. So a more "forgiving" ride. The adjustability is real. TJ guys seem to like these in a 3-5 range.

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Old 03-04-2014, 05:28 PM   #13
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I installed the 9000XLs 6 months ago and like them set at 3 for on road. Very nice soft ride compared to the rough country, pro comp and bilsteins i was running before.
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I have had both. When I set the Ranchos soft enough to have a good highway ride they couldn't control the tires . I don't have that issue with the 5100s on either Jeep or Pick-up and no knobs for the ice to break off .
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I know it has been discussed before but those threads older. Anyways, I was wondering what everyone had to say about either of these shocks and which they would recommend? Is the adjustability of the Ranchos that great of a feature? They are both around the same price so I'd like to know which one is the better of the two. Or even another recommendation if you have one?
Never have had Ranchos, but they are really good shocks. I currently have Bilstein 5100s and absolutely love them, they just eat the road and offer a really comfortable ride as Jeep comfort goes.
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Never have had Ranchos, but they are really good shocks. I currently have Bilstein 5100s and absolutely love them, they just eat the road and offer a really comfortable ride as Jeep comfort goes.
how are they off road, say moving about 35-45mph on gravel roads?
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how are they off road, say moving about 35-45mph on gravel roads?
Never really offroaded in them but I have taken them down a friend's drive that is about a 1 mile gravel road going 40. Stiff but took it like a champ. Normal road driving is a breeze.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:21 PM   #18
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The big thing is would rather have a stiffer or softer suspension. If you have heavier duty bumpers or plan on putting on heavier duty bumpers, the 5100s might be a better pick. If you have lighter/moderate bumpers and would rather prefer a softer ride, the Ranchos may be a better choice. You can't go wrong with either one
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I had both. Both are great riding shocks but if they are equal in price, I'd choose the Ranchos just for the adjustability
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I'm just looking for something that handles the washboard corners better. My wheel hop is so insane now I usually get sideways if I'm moving faster than 25 down a gravel firebreak. I don't care about on road as much. These things drive like HMMWVs anyway
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I'm just looking for something that handles the washboard corners better. My wheel hop is so insane now I usually get sideways if I'm moving faster than 25 down a gravel firebreak. I don't care about on road as much. These things drive like HMMWVs anyway
Something with less body roll?
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how are they off road, say moving about 35-45mph on gravel roads?
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I'm just looking for something that handles the washboard corners better. My wheel hop is so insane now I usually get sideways if I'm moving faster than 25 down a gravel firebreak. I don't care about on road as much. These things drive like HMMWVs anyway
This is where a monotube style shocks will shine. So a Bilstein or our RS7000MT monotube will work as well. One thing that differentiates ours is that we have a lower nitrogen charge so not as "firm" riding.

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This is where a monotube style shocks will shine. So a Bilstein or our RS7000MT monotube will work as well. One thing that differentiates ours is that we have a lower nitrogen charge so not as "firm" riding.

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He is right about the monotubes, however, I'm for Bilsteins and of coarse he is for Rancho. Can't go wrong with either. It's just going to come down to what kinda ride you want. Maybe our Rancho friend here will cut you a deal
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He is right about the monotubes, however, I'm for Bilsteins and of coarse he is for Rancho. Can't go wrong with either. It's just going to come down to what kinda ride you want. Maybe our Rancho friend here will cut you a deal
Ha! I don't sell direct but right now with the rebate these are a STEAL price wise. Good luck in your choice!
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Ha! I don't sell direct but right now with the rebate these are a STEAL price wise. Good luck in your choice!
therandomhero there is a pretty good deal for you right now on the Ranchos. I would take while you can! Your choice though
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For the Rancho vender, I went to 4wheelparts.com and put the 4 pack into the cart. Is the promotion already included in their price? doesn't say anything but save when you buy a set of 4.
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For the Rancho vender, I went to 4wheelparts.com and put the 4 pack into the cart. Is the promotion already included in their price? doesn't say anything but save when you buy a set of 4.
So 4WP may have a special going on on our shocks, but this is separate.
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Lol, needed to click the reverse side button for details at the bottom.

So if I purchase their shocks and submit the form with proof of purchase can I still get the promotional rebate on top of their advertised price?
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Yep!
And correct about the reverse side button, a lot of different combos qualify for rebates.
It is funny though, some times people will buy old style shocks on Amazon and think they qualify, unfortunately they don't.



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Lol, needed to click the reverse side button for details at the bottom.

So if I purchase their shocks and submit the form with proof of purchase can I still get the promotional rebate on top of their advertised price?
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:09 PM   #30
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Yea, you just made me double check my in cart 4WParts order. 4 9000xl shocks with red rubber boot. Were good to go. This is a fantastic deal. Hope these take some of the jolt out of my 2 door ride quality.

one last question. Do I need a hard copy of the sales receipt or will a printed purchased email invoice work?

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