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Hey, need help deciding which shocks to buy. I'm thinking about getting the Rancho 9000 or the fox 2.0. I've read good reviews on both but can't decide what to go with. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

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I was running Bilstein 5100 with a Full Traction 3" lift. I found the 5100s while very good shocks to be rather harsh, transferring the smaller irregularities straight into the chassis. I switched to King OEM 2.0 Performance Series King Shocks Direct bolt-on performance shock kits for Jeeps from King Shocks « King Off-Road OEM Bolt-On Shocks : kingshocks.com and could not be happier with the outcome. They just soak everything up, I have to hit something quite hard to really feel it. I can recommend them without reservation.
 

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I have the Fox 2.0 and I love them way better then the Rancho just my 2 cents.
Did you have the Rancho's on the same rig as the Fox?
 

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Hey, need help deciding which shocks to buy. I'm thinking about getting the Rancho 9000 or the fox 2.0. I've read good reviews on both but can't decide what to go with. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
If you prefer a softer ride then the 9000XLs are your best choice since you can select a lower compression damping setting. If you are more performance oriented (handling and impact absorption) the Fox shocks are better, or even the Bilstein's but they have a stronger performance bias so some owners do find the ride a somewhat harsh.
 

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OP what kind of rig do you have, and how do you wheel?
 

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Owned Fox Remote Reservoirs on my Duramax and was not impressed at all. Every one of them leaked just after the warranty because they use nylon bushings and without a shock boot the road grime will collect on the shaft and destroy that bushing. Absolutely not worth the price.
 

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I have a 14 jku with a 2.5" lift, Rancho drop brackets and a Jks trackbar. Also running 305/70/17 bfg m/t km2. Currently running bds shocks was wanting to upgrade them.
 

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I was running Bilstein 5100 with a Full Traction 3" lift. I found the 5100s while very good shocks to be rather harsh, transferring the smaller irregularities straight into the chassis. I switched to King OEM 2.0 Performance Series King Shocks Direct bolt-on performance shock kits for Jeeps from King Shocks « King Off-Road OEM Bolt-On Shocks : kingshocks.com and could not be happier with the outcome. They just soak everything up, I have to hit something quite hard to really feel it. I can recommend them without reservation.

I'm sure they are nice, but at $1,800 for four shocks it's not a valid comparison with Rancho, Fox or Bilstein.
 

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I installed rancho 9000s two weeks ago and love them. I'm not a rock crawler, so for me the adjustability was more of a factor than anything. Almost went with the bilsteins based on they're rep, but mixed reviews ( " they're firm" or "they're softer than stock") made me pick the ranchos. I think the adjustability for shocks on such a light vehicle is important. Dial them in for any feel you want. I have no experience with the fox shocks
 

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With your ride being your DD/weekend rig i would definitely recommend the rancho 9000's. My buddy has a rancho 4" lift with the brackets and 9000's and its a cadillac. The adjustability will serve you well as you can set them at one setting for your drive to work, and another when on the trails. As mentioned above rancho should be having its rebate any day now. You will be hard pressed to find a negative review about them. Unlike the bilsteins, fox's, etc. they also have a 90 day trial period. But i promise you, you wont be giving them back haha
 

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I'm sure they are nice, but at $1,800 for four shocks it's not a valid comparison with Rancho, Fox or Bilstein.
Dude, they are only $955 for 4... LOL

They kings are on my short list. I saved money on lift, tire, rims, etc to afford kings. Shocks are a big impact on and off road, go with the best...
 

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I have had both (on different Jeeps) and prefer the fox.... However, for the price, I think the Ranchos are a better buy (especially with the one free rebate).
 
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