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Old 09-29-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Rancho RS5000 or Skyjacker 7000

Trying to decide between the two. My Jeep will stay stock (no lift). Looking for a shock that is not too bouncy out of the two.

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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Trying to decide between the two. My Jeep will stay stock (no lift). Looking for a shock that is not too bouncy out of the two.
With Rancho's Shocktober deal take a look at the adjustable 9000XLs. They can be had for ~$280/4.

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Unless you want your TJ to ride like a buck board wagon, I wouldn't go for either of those two shocks. What is your budget for shocks?
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:49 AM   #4
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I bought Rancho 5000's and Hate them. Like Jerry said, A buckboard would ride better! As soon as funds allow, I'll toss them and buy a better shock.
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I recommend the Ranch 9000XL for the simple reason that they are adjustable. So its like being able to do a shock swap by simply turning a knob. I have them and they are great.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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I talked to a few guys and they said their Rancho 5000's ride like a cadillac. I get mostly negative reviews from people who have Currie products or OME that assume these shocks are bad. Im assuming you guys had every shock that came out and know how each shocks ride.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:50 AM   #7
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Rancho 5000 ride well on a heavy rig, like a pick-up truck. They ride pretty harsh in a lightweight vehicle.

I've had Rancho 5000s... when I first got in to modified Jeeps.
It wasn't long until I couldn't tolerate the harsh ride.
I upgraded to Rancho 9000 adjustables, and the difference was amazing.

A few Jeeps and 20 years later, and I'm still running the 9000 series... now 9000XL... on my LJ.
I love the adjustable feature. Offroad my Jeep rides smoother than others; I set at "0" for slow offroad trails..
Onroad, the ride is more controlled; I set at 4 for local and highway driving, or higher if carrying a heavy load.

Two things I don't like about the 9000XL...
1). I'd like a more controlled rebound
2). The adjustment mechanism is subject to rust, especially in areas where winter road salt is used. The mechanism will rust to the point at which the adjustment no longer works.
Rancho will warranty the shocks if/when this happens, but replacing otherwise good shocks is a PITA.
If you get the 9000XLs, do yourself a favor. Take the mechanism apart and coat the interior with anti-seize. Then repeat as part of annual maintenance.

Given these issues I still thing the benefits outweigh the negatives, so I continue to use and recommend the 9000XL.
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I talked to a few guys and they said their Rancho 5000's ride like a cadillac. I get mostly negative reviews from people who have Currie products or OME that assume these shocks are bad.
Keep in mind that a shock that rides great with a heavy vehicle will ride like crap with a lighter weight vehicke, and a shock designed for a lighter weight vehicle will ride like crap with a heavy vehicle. It's all about how shocks are valved.

I have NO doubt the Rancho R5000 rides great with some vehicles but on a Wrangler, it's not valved properly for a vehicle of the weight & wheelbase of a Wrangler. Same with the ProComp ES3000, and the same with the Skyjacker Nitro.

You can be skeptical of our advice as is warranted but unless you really like a REALLY stiff ride, I'll personally guarantee you won't like the R5000's ride on your TJ. Nor the ProComp... of which I was forced to install lots of on custom trucks & Jeeps when I used to have them built & lifted for new truck & Jeep dealers when I worked for Transamerica, ProComp's parent company.
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Old 10-02-2013, 01:37 AM   #9
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I currently have skyjacker 7000s on mine (stupid choice but needed shocks since 2 of my OME were busted and they were such a great deal) well, turns out the ride quality of skyjacker 7000 is the same if not worse than my OME shocks were... With two being busted...
Get some good shocks. Its worth the extra little bit
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:08 AM   #10
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So are the OME shocks a good choice for a wrangler?
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Most with OME shocks love them. My present TJ came with OME Nitrochargers and they ride better & make the TJ handle better than my previous TJ ever did with the 6-8 shocks it had on it before it was stolen three years ago.

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