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Old 06-06-2013, 09:37 AM
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Rancho 9000 as an upgrade?

So, I want to put on a 2-2.5 inch lift, just not for another year or so. I am looking at the MC kit that doesn't have shocks with it (dual something). My question is... since I know I will need new shocks with the lift kit, is it a worthwhile upgrade to the stock JKU Sport shocks to replace with Rancho 9000's now and enjoy some modest improvement and then be able to keep them once I lift?

My main concern was seeing that shocks come in different lengths, so if the max lift was 2.5" would the shorter shocks be ok, or do I need longer ones?

I really want to start on more modifications, but in baby steps as I have time and can test my Jeep's limits.


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Old 06-06-2013, 09:49 AM   #2
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For a 2.5" lift, you'll need the Rancho 999329's (front) & 999330's (back).

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Old 06-06-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
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From what I have read, you are able to install slightly longer shocks. I personally would wait until you have the lift in, but I have seen where people install a shock for a 4'' lift when they only have a 2'' lift.
But I will say this, the rancho 9000 is the way to go. I have them in both my jeeps, and love the ride.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:16 PM   #4
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My only concern with installing longer shocks without a lift is that the compressed shock length might be longer that the stock shocks and if you don't bump stop them correctly, you might damage them. Just make sure what the compressed shock length is and that it will work for you.

If you are not sure, give the guy's at Rancho a call and ask them. They will help you out.
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