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Old 01-15-2010, 12:36 AM   #1
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Ranch 9000xl vs Procomp Mx-6

I am having much difficulty deciding between the two. All i know is that i want these ES3000's out of my JEEP! I have been using that search button like crazy, but i have not come up with satisfying results, which is weird because you'd think these competitors would have tons of write ups about them.

Either way, i have a 4" Full Traction lift and am sure i want one or the other. So far i know that the Ranchos have 9 modes instead of the Procomp 6, but the procomp has a metal knob instead of a plastic one.

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I've had both and despite the control knob difference you noted, Rancho's are far better quality.

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I have only used the Rancho's... but had really good luck with them... great adjustability, great ride... never any issues with the plastic knob.
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alright sounds like good experiences! i think i will go with them then!
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:19 PM   #5
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I had the Ranch 9000's for a decade on the Grand Cherokee. I played with those plastic adjusters on a nearly weekly basis. I never had any problem at all with them. They also didn't transfer heat to my hands if I had been running hard then wanted to swap 'em. I'd like to say the same if I can find a good set for my TJ.
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Just for info, the adjustable Rancho and ProComp shocks are nothing more than a gimmick. IF and I mean IF they do adjust it is so minimal it isn't worth losing sleep over. This comes from and engineer at King Shocks. He explained to me using real math and physics how much of an adjustment you would need for a real difference. Now granted I have the ProComps on my Jeep and for the life of me I cannot tell the difference when I change the settings. That is what prompted my curiosity. Good luck and get the ones that best match the color scheme of your rig :o) o[||||]o
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IG, I have no experiance with the pro-comps but I will wholeheartedly disagree on the Rancho's. I can happily say that even a 2 click difference was easily noticeable even by my passengers in the ZJ. Running them full tight made it a lot of fun to play around with on the windy roads where running 2 up from full soft was nice for cruising on the freeway and such and was about where it was stock. Full soft was way too wallowy, especially in longer on-ramps where it would tend to pogo a bit.
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Just for info, the adjustable Rancho and ProComp shocks are nothing more than a gimmick. IF and I mean IF they do adjust it is so minimal it isn't worth losing sleep over. This comes from and engineer at King Shocks. He explained to me using real math and physics how much of an adjustment you would need for a real difference. Now granted I have the ProComps on my Jeep and for the life of me I cannot tell the difference when I change the settings.
I've run both, including the ProComp MX-6 you're running now, and if you can't tell the difference between the #1 and #6 settings, you've got either shock problems or something else is going on. When I ran the Rancho 9000 shocks, there was a DRAMATIC difference between the softest and firmest settings. I couldn't have run the firmest settings on the street, they would have made my fillings fall out.

In the desert areas I enjoy wheeling on, we often run for miles on washboard roads to get to the trail head. I currently run Rubicon Express Monotube shocks and I cannot stay up with the guys in my group that run the Rancho R9000 shocks dialed up to a firmer setting for such roads. There is a VERY dramatic difference between the firmest and softest settings, especially on the Ranchos that have 9 setting possibilities. They set their Rancho R9000 shocks fairly soft for the street but on the rock crawling trails & washboard roads, they dial them up so they're stiff enough to be a real help.

Come out to Johnson Valley some time and watch some of the rigs running those Rancho R9000 shocks and see if they are gimmicks.
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Just for info, the adjustable Rancho and ProComp shocks are nothing more than a gimmick. IF and I mean IF they do adjust it is so minimal it isn't worth losing sleep over. This comes from and engineer at King Shocks. He explained to me using real math and physics how much of an adjustment you would need for a real difference. Now granted I have the ProComps on my Jeep and for the life of me I cannot tell the difference when I change the settings. That is what prompted my curiosity. Good luck and get the ones that best match the color scheme of your rig :o) o[||||]o

Well I have used Koni reds (adjustable) not on a jeep but on my hotrod and putting them on soft vs hard was a huge noticable difference. Soft I could push down on the fender and have the car move.. hard.. the fender wouldnt budge.

So some adjustables do work Im sure for the Jeep...unfortunately I dont know which ones that would be....

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Old 01-16-2010, 12:11 PM   #10
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ahh ill buy those ranchos. I really do need a more comfortable ride.
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:47 AM   #11
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ahh ill buy those ranchos. I really do need a more comfortable ride.
haha same here. Pro-comp ES300's were are just aweful! tightest shocks ever!
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haha same here. Pro-comp ES300's were are just aweful! tightest shocks ever!
That was my TJ's first aftermarket shock and yep, awful is the word. I think it took me 6 weeks to change them out for something that rode better. Rancho's R5000 is about the same, just better quality.
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:34 PM   #13
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I have RS9000s on 2 different trucks and you can tell very noticably from 1-5 or 5-9. I use mine with the incab controller all the time while carrying my camper. Setting #1-2 on the street for that Cadillac ride, setting #3-4 with the camper on on the freeway, and setting #5-9 in the twisties. Big difference! I'd have them on the Jeep if I had the money.
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Just for info, the adjustable Rancho and ProComp shocks are nothing more than a gimmick. IF and I mean IF they do adjust it is so minimal it isn't worth losing sleep over. This comes from and engineer at King Shocks. He explained to me using real math and physics how much of an adjustment you would need for a real difference. Now granted I have the ProComps on my Jeep and for the life of me I cannot tell the difference when I change the settings. That is what prompted my curiosity. Good luck and get the ones that best match the color scheme of your rig :o) o[||||]o
Just because you have the pro-craps doesn't make you an expert on Ranchos. I have both. Ranchos=total diff in adj. Massive. No question. End of story. Pro-Craps? No difference. At all. They SUCK! The adjustment end also costs you an inch of shock travel, whereas the Ranchos have the knob in the body. And by the way, the pro-craps were ordered application specific for my jeep, with 4" of lift, and I lost 2 inches of up-travel in my suspension. Hate to say it, but the stockers with goofy extensions were better. And stiffer! Get anything but the MX6 pro-craps.
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I have had my Rancho 9000s for a few weeks now and I love them. They can be adjusted to softer than stock to as hard as you want. The hardest setting literally gave me a headache from driving. Oh yea and I got a great deal on the shocks. Just over $60 at my4by.com after the rebate. I will never go to another shock.
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I have the Rancho 9000's and love them. As Jerry said, there is a vast difference from softest to firmest settings. One question....mine came with the remove air system for adjustment. I did not install it because the air lines seem very fragile. Does anyone have information for use the air system?
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When I looked at the Rancho website it has shocks only listed for stock, 2.25" lift or 5"-6" of lift. Is there nothing for a 4" lift?
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I just went to the my4by.com and saw it for the 4", now just curious why Rancho website doesnt say it.
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Get a Rancho full catalogue. Just about any shock you could want(unless it is over 14" of travel). Different attachments(post/eye) top and bottom, different size post or eye diameters, etc. Stock post top/eye bottom is very limiting, but using a JKS top post eliminator really opens up the possible shock applications 10 fold.
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I have the pro comp mx2 right now and am getting the rancho 9000xl's but my pro comps are so stiff it's like I have no shock absorbers at all. The other day I hit a bump and thought my eye contacts were going to fall out.

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