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Old 08-09-2010, 10:17 PM   #1
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Rubicon express monotubes or Rancho rx5000 shocks?

I am on the fence on these too shocks. Monotubes or rancho 5000s?
What do you guys think?

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Old 08-09-2010, 11:05 PM   #2
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Rubicon express monotubes are some of the best shocks out there. They get my vote.

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Old 08-09-2010, 11:29 PM   #3
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Stay away from the 5000s unless you want to lose your dental fillings. My vote is for Rancho 9000s. I bought mine for just over $60 a shock shipped. I love having an adjustable shock.
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I run the Rancho 5000's and haven't had much of a problem with loosing any fillings, yet. I bought them because everything else was out of my price range at the time. They are a very reliable shock, they are built very well and unlike all my friends with their high priced "fancy shocks" I haven't bashed out the bushings in them. I find the ride quality much better than the previous Pro Comp shocks that I had on it before, they are the same shocks that come in the Rancho Rock Crawler Lift Kit. At the same time RE makes some awesome stuff and I'm willing to bet they would be tuned specifically for a Jeep.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:55 AM   #7
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I run Rubicon Express shocks with my RE lift, I don't have anything bad to say about them, they do the job.
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Ok Thanks guys, i have had Rancho 9000's adj. before and they are my favorite... but i don't want to spend 75$ a piece on them. so ill probibly grab some RE...
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Ok Thanks guys, i have had Rancho 9000's adj. before and they are my favorite... but i don't want to spend 75$ a piece on them. so ill probibly grab some RE...
The RE monotubes aren't exactly cheap either....there about 70-80 dollars each.
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I just run the 28 buck rough country ones on all my rigs...no complaints here. I have them on a rig with 33's, one with 42's, and one with 44's...rides nice
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Ok Thanks guys, i have had Rancho 9000's adj. before and they are my favorite... but i don't want to spend 75$ a piece on them. so ill probibly grab some RE...
X3 on staying away from the Rancho R5000 shocks, they are extremely stiff riding since they are valved too stiffly for a vehicle of the Wrangler's weight.

I ran the RE Monotubes on my last TJ that was stolen and while they are a much better riding shock than the R5000, they don't offer the control that some other shocks do. I agree with the others recommending the Rancho R9000x (not much difference in cost between them and the RE Monotube) or the OME Nitrocharger. My present TJ has the OME Nitrocharger and while they do ride a bit stiffer than the RE Monotube, it also handles a lot better and handles rough roads a lot better than my Monotubes ever did.
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I just run the 28 buck rough country ones on all my rigs...no complaints here. I have them on a rig with 33's, one with 42's, and one with 44's...rides nice
this coming from a guy who says "anything less than a 60 front is a waste of time"
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Do any of those jeeps see on road travel? Or are they pretty much trail rigs? I have heard nothing but horrible ride quality from RC shocks. Thats why Im intrigued by your happiness with them.
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Well I have 4 rigs running them right now. One is a 93 YJ SOA and 33's, rides and performs great on and offroad (granted your not gonna go too far on 33's), the other is my full blown crawler but it doesn't see road time at all, I have 4 of them on the front of my DD which is a 1990 F350 on 35's and it rides fine, and I have 4 of them on the front of my 79 150 on 44's and its fine as well. But, you have to take into consideration that I grew up in trucks and jeeps so my opinion could be biased a bit because super smoothe rides make me sick (literally)
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Thats why Im asking do you drive them on the road alot or are they pretty much trail rigs?
On the trail I wouldnt imagine much of a difference but on the road is a different story.
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The only one that goes in the trails would be the crawler and the YJ every once in awhile, the rest I drive pretty regularly on the interstate.

BTW what does a 60 front have to do with shocks? lol
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BTW what does a 60 front have to do with shocks? lol
nothing at all Im just breaking your chops a little...
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haha, gimme a break lol...after you buy a 60 front all you have money left for is cheap RC shocks.....but seriously, I havent had an issue one with um and I've had one set on for over 10 years.
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Yep if I could afford 60's, I sure wouldn't be running RC shocks. I've learned the difference on the trail between cheap and good shocks.
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They are just fine Jerry, I have run them for years in the woods and on the street.
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They are just fine Jerry, I have run them for years in the woods and on the street.
Other than your YJ, it sounds like everything you have them on is quite a bit heavier than a standard jeep which is probably the reason they ride smoother for you lol
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Could be, but I've done 7 or 8 SOAs for people and their running um too and I haven't heard a complaint yet...but who knows.

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