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View Poll Results: Which shocks ('97, 3.5lift, 33inch tires)?
Rancho RS9000XL series 11 24.44%
Fox 2.0 Performance series 7 15.56%
Bilstein 5100 series 19 42.22%
Other, please explain. 8 17.78%
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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New shocks

So I got some maintenance to do at 100,000 miles (here in a couple of weeks) and I am trying to get prepared. I am going to change the coil springs and shocks but I am stuck between a few different brands and models. I have searched hi and low for weeks for shocks on this site and I have gotten a lot of information. I am simply just looking for opinions now.

Thanks for all the help that half you guys didn't know you were giving me

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Old 06-16-2013, 08:29 PM   #2
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Rancho has a $100 rebate on 4 RS9000XL shocks if you decide on them. I got 4 for $340, so after the rebate that's only $60 each! Much better than the stiff shocks they replaced.

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Old 06-16-2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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I am very happy with my Bilsteins.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:55 PM   #4
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the only other shock missing form this list is OME (Old Man Emu) shocks. they are fantastic.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:17 PM   #5
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Rancho $100 rebate, $325 shipped to the door truck add ons .com .... And they actually messed up and sent me 5 shocks! :P I'm installing them next weekend but couldn't beat that price! 325 -100= 225 / 5= $45
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:18 PM   #6
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The Rancho XLS9000's will give you adjustability from a softer ride to a firmer ride, (Sounds Sexy Doesn't it!), and they usually have some kind of deal going.
Bilstein 5100's are excellent also, I have them on my 2012 JKU and I am happy with them.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:32 PM   #7
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Just just out of curiosity, nobody is going for the Fox shocks?
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:04 PM   #8
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I have the Rancho's on my TJ with 3" Lift and love the ride. The ability to adjust the shocks and the Rancho Name was the selling point for me. Most people on the forum will tell you that most nitro shocks out there are just too stiff. The ability to adjust the the Rancho RS9000XL shocks means you can adjust them to fit your rig's particular needs and can adjust for changes in weight.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:13 AM   #9
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I guess the Ranchos are the shock to buy. Thanks for all the info and opinions. Ranchos it is
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:24 AM   #10
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Ranchos may be adjustable but OME are the better shock, they don't need any adjustment on or off road.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #11
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Kolak Performance gave me a great deal on my bilsteins 5100's. And they are great shocks. Just email the guy bc he doesn't have a website
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I like my 9000XLs.
Be aware that if you are in an area which salts the roads in the winter, your adjustment mechanism will rust and eventually cease to work.
Rancho will warranty these, but you can prevent it by removing the plate/adjustment knob and coating the inner works with anti seize.
Also, coat all of your installation hardware with anti seize in the event you need to replace/warranty these in the future.
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I like my 9000XLs.
Be aware that if you are in an area which salts the roads in the winter, your adjustment mechanism will rust and eventually cease to work.
Rancho will warranty these, but you can prevent it by removing the plate/adjustment knob and coating the inner works with anti seize.
Also, coat all of your installation hardware with anti seize in the event you need to replace/warranty these in the future.
Thanks for the info. Luckly I live in San Diego so I don't need to worry about salt on the road or heavy winters. Thanks for the heads up though.
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Ranchos may be adjustable but OME are the better shock, they don't need any adjustment on or off road.
OME rebrands what is basically just an off the shelf generic light duty twin tube shock. They work decently when matched up with springs that have factory lb. rates. Beyond that I wouldn't touch them.
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I chose "other" because you should be matching up a shock to the springs your using and the vehicles weight load.
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especially if youre in so cal and heading to the dunes go fox 2.0.

woops are gonna heat up your shocks like a mother fucker, get the ones designed for that abuse. bilsteins are a very very close runner up and id have said bilsteins if you werent in so cal.
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Ok poor college kid here can't afford $300-500 for shocks on his dd. I am wanting to do a 2" bb and am in need of new shocks anyway. I was looking at the kit from rocky-road.com that comes with shocks. Are these worth having or would I be better off going to auto parts store and getting Gabriel or monarch?
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Ok poor college kid here can't afford $300-500 for shocks on his dd. I am wanting to do a 2" bb and am in need of new shocks anyway. I was looking at the kit from rocky-road.com that comes with shocks. Are these worth having or would I be better off going to auto parts store and getting Gabriel or monarch?
Look at bds or skyjacker m95 shocks if you want a good shock at a reasonable price.
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I chose "other" because you should be matching up a shock to the springs your using and the vehicles weight load.
I was thinking that myself but how do you check to see what kind of lift kit you have? I bought the Jeep with the lift installed and I think the original owner said it was a rancho. I think I am going to go with the rancho shocks. The only new coil Springs I can find not attached to a lift kit is skyjacker
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I was thinking that myself but how do you check to see what kind of lift kit you have? I bought the Jeep with the lift installed and I think the original owner said it was a rancho. I think I am going to go with the rancho shocks. The only new coil Springs I can find not attached to a lift kit is skyjacker
you can find almost any brand of springs you want not sold in a lift kit. You would have to go to the individual parts section. normally they are sold him pairs.

http://bds-suspension.com/product-display?all

Here is BDS Springs Selection Page. They are good springs.
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you can find almost any brand of springs you want not sold in a lift kit. You would have to go to the individual parts section. normally they are sold him pairs.

http://bds-suspension.com/product-display?all

Here is BDS Springs Selection Page. They are good springs.
Thats what I assumed. I went to find ranchos online but I couod on their website. I will check again when I get home on a pc.
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Yea, im not sure on Rancho's. I would think that you can. I know on like BDS, Clayton, RE any of these you can buy them seperate.

I would first try to figure out exactly how much lift your springs should have.
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I would first try to figure out exactly how much lift your springs should have.
What do you mean? If your asking about my lift size I couldn't tell you for sure. I can say that I have looked up the stock coil spring height for a 97 TJ and they are suppose to be 12" in the front and 8" in the rear. As my rig sits right now, I am at 15.5" in the front and 11.5" in the rear. So I think I have a 3.5' lift kit.

I have found some skyjacker springs for a 4" lift kit but I can't find Ranchos outside a full kit
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I only have experience with the 5100's, and If I buy new ones I might just go with those again.
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Just put Ranchos on the rear of my 97 and I am VERY satisfied. Really quite a bit smoother and these were the RS5000 series.

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Just put Ranchos on the rear of my 97 and I am VERY satisfied. Really quite a bit smoother and these were the RS5000 series.

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Rancho 5000s are generally considered excessively stiff for a SWB Jeep.
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OME rebrands what is basically just an off the shelf generic light duty twin tube shock. They work decently when matched up with springs that have factory lb. rates. Beyond that I wouldn't touch them.
Where do you get your info from?
Show me a link that supports that statement.
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Where do you get your info from?
Show me a link that supports that statement.
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If you want some totally bada$$ shocks check out MC's 6 pack shocks.
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What do you mean? If your asking about my lift size I couldn't tell you for sure. I can say that I have looked up the stock coil spring height for a 97 TJ and they are suppose to be 12" in the front and 8" in the rear. As my rig sits right now, I am at 15.5" in the front and 11.5" in the rear. So I think I have a 3.5' lift kit.

I have found some skyjacker springs for a 4" lift kit but I can't find Ranchos outside a full kit
Well do you have SYE & CV Drvieshaft or TC Drop or what?

If the lift was done properly then whoever installed it should have took into account the pinion angle. If you get a different size lift spring it can throw these angles off and cause vibrations in the driveline.

Also if you go any taller and dont have a SYE & CV Axle I would suggest getting one. I have only 3" of Suspension lift on my TJ and managed to snap the mainshaft awhile back. SYE & CV Driveshaft is the way to go.

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