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Old 11-29-2012, 02:55 PM   #1
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Finally ordered my shocks

I've been needing to replace the worn out Pro Comps E3000's that came with my Jeep but have been putting it off only because I didn't drive it enough to wish to spend the money.

Last week I sold the Harley (replaced it with a 2001 Corvette) so the Jeep is now my daily driver. I wanted the Old Man EMU Nitrocharger shocks but the shipping prices to Hawaii were excessive to me.

After reading here and searching Amazon, I ordered the Rancho RS9000's with free shipping to Hawaii. Purchased the model for a 2" lift along with their steering stabalizer. Total cost was $409. I'm satisfied with this considering where I'm located.

I'm looking forward to the improvement. My current shocks are horrible. I feel every bump and it rocks easily, swaying in the turns.

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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Rancho 9000 Shocks

I have just installed the Rancho 9000's and love them. The adjustment feature is great (soft for trails, thight for the highway). Keep us posted.

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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Here in the rust belt, where the DOT salts the roads to melt winter ice and snow, the salty water on the road gets into the 9000XL adjustment mechanism and causes rust. After a couple years, the rust will be so significant that the adjuster no longer works. Rancho adds NO rust preventative to the adjustment mechanism at the factory.
They will, however, warranty the shock if the adjusters stop working.

I recently had my 9000XLs replaced under warranty.
Before I installed these new shocks, I removed the plate that holds the adjuster knob, and liberally applied anti-seize compound to the adjuster mechanism and retaining ring, then put the plate back on and installed the shocks.
I plan to inspect and reapply seasonally as needed.

If you run these shocks in the rust belt, be aware of this problem
I don't know if the problem will be more or less significant in salt-air environments... but I think it would probably be worthwhile to treat the adjusters if you are gong to run them in HI...

HTH, good luck!
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:38 AM   #4
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Appreciate the responses. I've been driving over a year on these worn out shocks and look forward to the improvement.
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