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Back on the Rancho bandwagon :D
Never one to pass up a good deal, I had to try them. I am shocks as to ESP is tires :rofl:
I bought these new/used from a vender on another site and had just enough time to still use the rebate. Shhh don't tell Rancho. Total $140 :eek:

Not many reviews on this shock so ill do my best. I can't find the info I had seen and going off of memory.
Think Bilstein 5100 but with less psi. Both are a high pressure gas shock where the Rancho's have something like 275-300 on the charge to the Bilsteins 375. Both these shocks are similar in valving. Rancho claims 5/5 on the compression/rebound iirc.
Pretty much look alike too. I will snap some pics one i clean the mud off :D


My first reaction after installing them was "holy firm batman". The Bilstein's were harsh to me even after the supposed "break in period" I read about. The 7000 is NOT harsh at all. Firm but I never once thought harsh :thumb:
I had a chance to put a good amount of miles on these shocks and I got used to the firmness. The jeep feels solid. No sway at all. Very much like a truck but the shocks dampen very well. I don't know if its the valving but they do better than the Fox 2.0 I had on previously.
Very controlled. You feel everything but in a good way. You are very aware of what's going on underneath you if that makes any sense :confused:

If anybody is looking for a shock like the 5100 and are worried about the harshness. Look no further. RANCHO Imo did a really good job on this shock. I think I may have a keeper :hide:

KJ
 

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Between these and the 9000s, which would you recommend for someone who spends a lot of time pavement driving but also moderate wheeling?
 

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Hmm
These are a better shock all around. The firmness can be increased with the adjustable shock but the responsiveness is lost with the 9000. Well in my case with 3.5" lift and E rated 35" tires. There's a lot to control there :)
My opinion though ... If you are looking for a softer/DD feel. The 9000's may be a better choice.
 

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Thanks KJ. Your reviews of the 9000’s got me to purchase those, so I appreciate the perspective and write up. In your previous comparison to the 9000’s, are you saying that the firmest setting of 9 is still not as firm as these?

If you had to pay full price, would you say it's worth the upgrade from 9000s?
 

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8-9 is pretty stiff. Little give to the suspension. I ran 3-5 mostly. The roads here are horrible, running on low settings would toss me around a little. Kind of comparing apples to oranges because these two shocks are totally different from each other. The 7000's are more designed for performance on and off road whereas the 9000, daily driver/weekend worrier.
I would stay with the 9000's if they're working for you :thumb:

I've said it before, I would have no issues running the 9000's again :)
 

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8-9 is pretty stiff. Little give to the suspension. I ran 3-5 mostly. The roads here are horrible, running on low settings would toss me around a little. Kind of comparing apples to oranges because these two shocks are totally different from each other. The 7000's are more designed for performance on and off road whereas the 9000, daily driver/weekend worrier.
I would stay with the 9000's if they're working for you :thumb:

I've said it before, I would have no issues running the 9000's again :)
Yep, I run mine at 6 most of the time and I like it fine. Besides going from stock to 9000’s, I've never changed shocks in a vehicle so it's hard to understand the differences of stiffness, responsiveness, etal..

Appreciate it.
 

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Yep, I run mine at 6 most of the time and I like it fine. Besides going from stock to 9000’s, I've never changed shocks in a vehicle so it's hard to understand the differences of stiffness, responsiveness, etal..

Appreciate it.
I have :rofl:

- stock rubi's
- 3 rubi's one sport :whistling:
- Bilstien 5100's
- TF 9550
- Rancho 9000
- Fox 2.0 res
- Rancho 7000
 

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I finally found this thread. If you could run some Old Man Emu Nitrochargers, we would be appreciative. Alternatively, point me to any deal you come across on the 7000s. :)
 

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The 5100's and 7000's are pretty much the same shock. Same type of valving, but to reduce the harshness that a lot of people complain about- Rancho opted for less PSI.
75-100 psi is a big difference as far as harshness.
Imo, If you "like" the 5100's. you will "love" the Rancho's :thumb:
 

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While I wait for a Rancho rebate, I'm thinking you will switch shocks and we can get another review. Oh, then I can simply buy these off you. ;)
 

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Which part #'s are your MT's, Ken?

Can you send me a PM of who the vendor you bought from was? I am on most other Wrangler Forums.

Do you know if there is any truth to the rumor that Rancho did so well with the promotion that they are bringing it back?

I really like my 9000XL's but they are for a 0-2 inch lift. Since I put the Comfort Ride Lift on they wouldn't extend far enough, so I got shock extenders. They work, but they are noisy as hell.
 

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RS7330 and RS7331

Can you take some measurements. You shouldn't really be going by the listed heights. Get measurements and look at the extended/collapsed lengths.

Pretty sure if those 0-2" are not working, the 29xl and 30xl (9000's) or mine will work.

I'm not to sure on the rebates. Maybe Matt can answer that if you PM him (RANCHO)
 

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Thanks, Ken.

I'm thinking the extended/collapsed lengths are the issue.

The ones I have are like 14 and 22 front, 14 and 21 rear, IIRC.

Not enough play stock, but work fine with the shock extenders. Just wish they weren't so squeaky/noisy.
 
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