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.
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.
__________________ When you have a choice, buy American.
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)