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Old 05-14-2007, 01:38 PM   #1
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Rancho Susp. Question

Anyone running Rancho's 3.5" Rockcrawler kit? Any problems with it?

I'm considering the Rancho kit but wanted to know if anyone has any luck with them.

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Old 05-14-2007, 04:30 PM   #2
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i can only tell you about the 2.5" rancho susp. its very stiff and uncomfortable on the road in my opinion.
i would go with OME or RE (with OME shocks)...

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Old 05-14-2007, 04:57 PM   #3
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For the simple reason that Rancho's kit comes with Rancho's dreaded uber-stiff R5000 shocks I would avoid that kit.
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:02 PM   #4
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Not 100% sure but I stoped by my old shop to have my seatbelt unlocked (long story..) and they had a lift kit laying out ready to be installed. Looked to be a 3-4" kit, sayed 97-06 RockKrawler kit on the label of the box, didnt say brand name.

The guys in the shop were PISSED because they had to install a lift kit (the one above) on an unlimited, which wasnt a big deal since they have built plenty of jeeps, but they said this dude was a cheapo, bought a crappy cheap kit that is going to be a PITA to install and will never drive right, and it was gonna keep them there late (was 12:00 pm when i showed up..).

I think it was the rancho but I am not sure. If you dont got the money, trust me I understand that, I am a broke college kid too, but just save up and get a good one

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Old 05-15-2007, 06:12 AM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback. Looks like I will turn my attention to the Rubicon Express - Super Flex Kit.

From what I've been reading, it seems like I should budget an SYE for the job for my Wrangler.

Any suggestions?

Pro's / Con's?
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Tom Wood, JB Adapters, Advance Adapters, and Rubicon Express (others too but these are the main players) all have good SYE/CV driveshaft kits. I would only avoid JB Adapters' Super Short SYE kit as it makes it difficult to recalibrate the speedometer and it's not really needed except for extremely tall lifts.

Tom Wood will give you lots of extra help so I can personally vouch for his superb service. He's a VERY nice guy too, I finally met him last year at a 4x4 show here in California and had a chance to chat with him for a bit.
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Old 05-15-2007, 01:15 PM   #7
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Decision has been made......finally!

OK... I've read everything I could, asked the questions I needed so my opinion (hopefully) has been educated and I have made my decison.....good thing too because I was losing way too much sleep.

I have decided to run with the following:

- Rubicon Express 3.5" Super Flex Kit.
- RE shock kit (monotube)
- Super Swamper TSL Radial 33" x 10.5" R15.
- SRC Rear bumper to match the front.

I wanted to thank you Cali guys for the flex idea and the technology. I think that will open all kinds of opportunities over here in the Poconos for me. The super swampers should balance the other side of the equation for mud. The best of both worlds I guess.

I still can't get over how much Jeep actually did to the appearance of the TJ platform to emulate the original. I must say, I have been captivated by this ever since I bought it a couple of months ago. So.... I wanted to add further to this theme with the tires. The S.S. TSL radials will really bring back the old school - skinny military tire look but have a more modern ride quality.

For you guys that have given me input, thanks again! With any luck, I'll have this thing ready by Memorial Day. I'll post the pics of the build for the site.

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