If you can tolerate the Bilsteins, that will invalidate any discussion you and I may have from now on. :rofl: They are quite possibly the most annoying damper I've ever used.
Folks tend to brag about how nicely they eat up the larger events while failing to mention accurately in the same breath they are real handy at determining if a quarter is heads or tails simply by passing a tire over it.
Small event harshness is quite annoying to me.
Before purchasing shocks, remove the front sway bar, or at least disconnect and secure links and bar, then drive without it for a few weeks.
Weigh the jeep front and rear independently.
Measure the length of exposed shock shaft, and the distance between bar pin & eyelet, both measurements with the jeep sitting at ride height. Remove each shock and test to see if they work the way they're supposed to, and measure extended & compressed lengths.
Post measurements and ride impressions.
Much of what may be perceived as harshness due to shocks, is instead caused by an overly stiff front swaybar. In just one drive, I became accustomed to the understeer running without a front swaybar creates; front swaybarless driving was not unsafe in dry conditions. Currently I have Bilstein 5160 shocks up front. A Currie front Anti-Rock set to the softest/least leverage/most travel position, mitigates much of the small-event harshness associated with digressive shock valving. If one prefers oversteer or neutral handling characteristics, there are stiffer rear swaybar options....What does weighing the front and rear axles have to do with shock performance? What if the daily driving conditions require quick lane changes in city traffic?...
It's a little annoying, but it's also well known that with the Rancho's, you should either throw a clear coat on them before you install, or use Fluid Film at least once a year on them and just about everything else under your Jeep...Bilstein is a better shock IMHO, but stiff stiff.
Rancho is a smoother ride, I just wish they would not be that crappy pot recycled metal painted white that rust to crap in a year.
My OME shocks started rusting within a year as well. Now I am running the 5000X shocks and I like the ride on the dirt better than the OME shocks.It's a little annoying, but it's also well known that with the Rancho's, you should either throw a clear coat on them before you install, or use Fluid Film at least once a year on them and just about everything else under your Jeep...