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Old 10-12-2011, 03:44 PM   #1
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OME Nitrocharger or Rancho RS9000XL or Bilstein 5100 Shocks

Looking for some advise on shocks and so far these are the 3 i'm looking at. Its a DD for the most part but take it offroad as much as I can, 4in lift with 35's. I like the fact that the Rancho's are adjustable but the OME's and Bilstein's get good reviews also.

Price is very similiar with the Rancho's on top but looking for quality on/off road and hopefully getting it right the first time.

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I recently bought the OME NitroSport shocks and here is what I said in another thread. I didn't feel like retyping lol.

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I would describe it as firm and controlled. Where as the RC shocks were sloppy and faded quickly over bumps and generally shook the hell out of me. I like it because it feels like the tires want to stay on the ground like it wants to catch you over bumps as opposed to just slowing the descent. On the road its very smooth and over small bumps in the road it reacts very quickly. That's why I say firm because it will hit and recover quickly while our suburban for example kind of floats. So it's a very sporty ride I guess. While cornering and hard braking, the body doesn't roll nearly as much as it used to. I confidentially took an intersection left hand turn at 25mph and the nose doesn't dive if I have to get on the brakes. On gravel and washboard roads the shocks absorb very well and it doesn't feel like it's jumping all over the place like it did before. It just feels very controlled. So now I am very satisfied with the ride of my jeep. It is so much better than before and worth the $400 IMO and I should've done it right the first time.
The NitroChargers will be a bit softer and less sporty I think.

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I like my OME Nitrochargers and they work superbly (much (!!) better than my previous RE Monotubes) but a lot of people I respect run and love the Rancho R9000xl. If I were buying new shocks, I'd probably go with the Ranchos for no other reason other than they must be incredible from who I know who runs them... like mrblaine for one. Not to mention being adjustable, you can fine-tune them for the exact ride you want.
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I was told by someone that the Rancho9000xl is "the a generic white body like the rancho5000 and equally as crappy. It just has an adjustment knob to adjust the crappyness". But then again he was an OME salesman so....
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And here is someone else's take on the Bilstein 5100s

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I just installed a 2.5" RC suspension lift and paired up with Bilstein 5100 series shocks yesterday. As far's the lift goes, it looks like I gained more than or equal to 3" but i'm assuming that the springs will settle in a couple of weeks or so. As far's the Bilstein shocks that I put on, it rides so much better compare to my shot stock shocks. The real test for the shocks will be tomorrow when I drive through a bumpy road on my usual route to school when I had on my stock shocks, my jeep would shake like a muthaeffer! lol. Will post some before and after pics tomorrow.
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When guys like mrblaine and others of the clan who regularly do Johnson Valley run Rancho's R9000XL, I'm going to assume it's a well proven good performing shock that holds up. When I used to trail behind them with my last TJ's RE LA suspension and RE Monotube shocks, I couldn't even begin to keep up with them on the rutted washboard roads. And heck, I don't even run them, I run OMEs.
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When guys like mrblaine and others of the clan who regularly do Johnson Valley run Rancho's R9000XL, I'm going to assume it's a well proven good performing shock that holds up. And heck, I don't even run them, I run OMEs.
Yep that's why I kinda took what he said with a grain of salt. He's a little biased lol.
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I figure it would come down to preference and what type of driving/terrain your on. Like I said mostly DD but after my last few times out its time for a change for sure. Price wise Rancho's around $405-415ish and OME's around $378 so pretty close. Lucky for me found them both with free shipping which is nice!
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Ok couldn't pass up the offer for Rancho R9000XL- 4WheelParts.com has 10% off plus Rancho rebate of $50 so bought the set with final price of $310. Once I get them setup I'll write up a review for anyone interested.

Thanks InvertChaos and Jerry for the feedback its much appreciated.
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Yes please review them, I'm in the same position
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Love my Bilstein 5125's. 10" travel rear, 12" travel front. Great dampening and great control/stability. They provide a very sporty, supportive ride so if you're looking for mushy, soft shocks these aren't them. If I were to try anything else, I'd try the new Savvy-valved Fox shocks. Supposedly they are amazing.
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love my rear 9000s
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Rancho 9000 adjustables are incredible. I will never run a standard shock again. You can make the shock as soft or as hard as you like. With a standard shock you get what the manufacturer thought was the best ride, which may or may not be what you like. If you get an adjustable shock then you can choose what you think is the best ride. Plus they have a lifetime warranty. Think about it.
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i didnt know they had a lifetime warranty.

sweet.

time to drive harder lol.
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Ok couldn't pass up the offer for Rancho R9000XL- 4WheelParts.com has 10% off plus Rancho rebate of $50 so bought the set with final price of $310. Once I get them setup I'll write up a review for anyone interested.

Thanks InvertChaos and Jerry for the feedback its much appreciated.
Since you're running a 4" lift you might want to consider shock relocators for the rear to move the shock away from the coil bucket, otherwise you will dent your new shocks. The xl is larger than normal shocks and the coil bucket will scrape and dent your new shocks eventually.
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Since you're running a 4" lift you might want to consider shock relocators for the rear to move the shock away from the coil bucket, otherwise you will dent your new shocks. The xl is larger than normal shocks and the coil bucket will scrape and dent your new shocks eventually.
Thanks for the tip man, I'll have to look into it for sure
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Love my Bilstein 5125's. 10" travel rear, 12" travel front. Great dampening and great control/stability. They provide a very sporty, supportive ride so if you're looking for mushy, soft shocks these aren't them. If I were to try anything else, I'd try the new Savvy-valved Fox shocks. Supposedly they are amazing.
Impeds rig rides like a dream! But I think im going to go with the Savvy valved fox shocks myself.. Being rebuildable its worth it.
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Since you're running a 4" lift you might want to consider shock relocators for the rear to move the shock away from the coil bucket, otherwise you will dent your new shocks. The xl is larger than normal shocks and the coil bucket will scrape and dent your new shocks eventually.
So will it do this right off the bat? I ordered the xl's without this kit, but I plan on wheeling next weekend not enough time for shipping. I just don't want to F up a new set off shocks.
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Since you're running a 4" lift you might want to consider shock relocators for the rear to move the shock away from the coil bucket, otherwise you will dent your new shocks. The xl is larger than normal shocks and the coil bucket will scrape and dent your new shocks eventually.

Thanks again for the heads up, I just ordered a relocation kit so should be doing my install next Sat.
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So will it do this right off the bat? I ordered the xl's without this kit, but I plan on wheeling next weekend not enough time for shipping. I just don't want to F up a new set off shocks.
I don't know if it will do it driving around on the street, but when you go off road the rear shocks will contact the coil buckets. I've seen some pics of people notching out the part of the bucket that hits the shocks, so that might work.
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Thanks again for the heads up, I just ordered a relocation kit so should be doing my install next Sat.
Cool deal! Good luck with it, I hope it turns out great for you Post up after you get them installed and let us know how you like them. I'm thinking of running the XL's myself.
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I don't know if it will do it driving around on the street, but when you go off road the rear shocks will contact the coil buckets. I've seen some pics of people notching out the part of the bucket that hits the shocks, so that might work.
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So I installed the 9000's this wkeend and the relocation bracket was huge so thanks again to Necromancer for the tip. Was a bear getting the passanger front off but all in all it went pretty smooth. Since its my DD i'm currently running 6 up front and 3 in the rear and pretty nice ride so far. I'm going to play with the adjustments and will give an update for anyone interested.
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So I installed the 9000's this wkeend and the relocation bracket was huge so thanks again to Necromancer for the tip. Was a bear getting the passanger front off but all in all it went pretty smooth. Since its my DD i'm currently running 6 up front and 3 in the rear and pretty nice ride so far. I'm going to play with the adjustments and will give an update for anyone interested.
What kit did you go with?
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I bought this one from Rough Country:

Jeep TJ Shock Relocation Kit

With shipping cost me $26 so not bad. Easy and quick install so worth it, the old shocks were dented from the spring mounts which I hadn't noticed before.
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Cool deal! Good luck with it, I hope it turns out great for you Post up after you get them installed and let us know how you like them. I'm thinking of running the XL's myself.
Would you recommend the relocation kit for only 2.5" of lift?
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Would you recommend the relocation kit for only 2.5" of lift?
Depends on how your pinion angle is? Are you running adjustable control arms? If you're just running a budget boost, and don't have a SYE and CV driveshaft you might be able to do it. One of the LCG guys would be able to give you better advice, I don't have any experience with any lift under 4".
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Depends on how your pinion angle is? Are you running adjustable control arms? If you're just running a budget boost, and don't have a SYE and CV driveshaft you might be able to do it. One of the LCG guys would be able to give you better advice, I don't have any experience with any lift under 4".
Gotcha. I have stock control arms all the way around. Ill check my old shocks and see of they're dented. The old ones are pretty wide in diameter and that was before I had bumpstops extensions so i imagine if they aren't dented then my new ones won't either.
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Gotcha. I have stock control arms all the way around. Ill check my old shocks and see of they're dented. The old ones are pretty wide in diameter and that was before I had bumpstops extensions so i imagine if they aren't dented then my new ones won't either.
Not necessarily because I had the rs5000 before I ran the 9000xl and just driving around town I could see where my shock had already hit the coil bucket, had to take them back out and put my old ones back in until I get the relocation brackets.

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