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Old 04-20-2013, 02:31 AM
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Anyone got some recommendations? I do off roading here and there, and want a good shock for that and on the street. I've heard blisteins or rancho's are the way to go. Anyone else got thoughts on good shocks for cheap? Also plan to do like a RC Leveling kit with it.
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Just the ORE Factory lift right now. Going with the leveling kit in the front end though.
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I'm liking the Monroe Gas Magnum's I just got put on yesterday. Bout $88 for a pair over here.
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Anyone got some recommendations? I do off roading here and there, and want a good shock for that and on the street. I've heard blisteins or rancho's are the way to go. Anyone else got thoughts on good shocks for cheap? Also plan to do like a RC Leveling kit with it.
You and I have the same truck. I do have the 2.5" Hell Bent Spacer up front. I'm selling my Bilsteins, see link in the signature. They still run perfect and only changing them out to longer Bilsteins.

Indeed Monroe are a good shock for their price, but I didn't choose them b/c of taking it off the pavement.

Edit: What kind of terrain you on in your area for going off pavement?

Edit 2: I will be pulling out the spacers too and putting up for sale.
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Terrain is going to be desert, just trails around here, dirt roads and more desert when it get's muddy.

Edit- Im looking at leveling kits, should I go with the 2inch or 2.5 from HBS?

Edit- Should I just wait and do ball joints/Shocks/ Leveling kit/ Track bar all at once, then strait to the alignment shop? Read some places that you need to get your toe in set right after a leveling kit. Anyone got input on rancho rs5000s?
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so i've basically narrowed it down to ranchos or bilsteins. Opinions? Ranchos would be the rs5000/Bilstein 5100's
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Well I want something that is going to preform pretty well, and decent price.
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I had RS5000's on this truck. No complaints.

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I have ProComp ES9000 Nitrogen charged shocks on my leveled '95, and I love them. I got them during a buy 3 get one free sale at 4wheelparts.com.
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I have ProComp ES9000 Nitrogen charged shocks on my leveled '95, and I love them. I got them during a buy 3 get one free sale at 4wheelparts.com.
I did the same thing. I spent a hell of a lot of money that day because of that post you made about the sale. Thanks loads. lol

I like the shocks for the road I have to drive on, more like an offroad trail than a road, my wife hates them. I have to keep reminding her it's a truck, not a car.
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I did the same thing. I spent a hell of a lot of money that day because of that post you made about the sale. Thanks loads. lol

I like the shocks for the road I have to drive on, more like an offroad trail than a road, my wife hates them. I have to keep reminding her it's a truck, not a car.


Mine were only $130 for the set! How did you spend a ton of money? You must have bought more than just the shocks.
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Mine were only $130 for the set! How did you spend a ton of money? You must have bought more than just the shocks.
Yeah, I got dazzled by the wheels, which I needed anyway, because mine weren't round enough.
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You should put a pic or 3 of your truck in the picture thread. I would like to see it.
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I have been running the Bilsteins for 8 months now and can't say enough about them, great ride, perform better than expected. Did you see that WN is selling a set.
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@Wombat -- How long ago did you wheel those trucks? The older was sold I thought?
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I have the RS5000s spec'd by Rancho for the ORE's. I can get the part numbers I used, if needed. Their online tool should specify which are the right ones too. Pick "stock" ride height, and then choose off road edition.

I've had them on maybe 6 months.

Pros:
- Lifetime warranty.
- Stiff ride (pro for me)
- Really helped reduce sway
- Good with the mild off-roading I do. No input for anything more than mild.
- The rear of my truck is not as 'bouncy' when I hit bumps at speed on the interstate compared to my stock shocks. I would hit seams in the road, and my truck would bounce an inch or two to the right. Almost lost control a couple times in the snow when it would do it. Still isn't completely solved.

Cons:
- They are a rusty mess already! If I'd have known they barely put any white paint on them, I would have coated them again and clear coated them.
- The welds are iffy and the beads are small
- They clunk a lot on the fronts over bumps. Must be the internal valving. I've gotten used to it. Some say it's because the lower front mount isn't tight enough. Torqued mine down to 150 ft-lbs with anti-seize, and still have the problem.
-The eyelets are not made from a round piece of metal that's been drilled through; they are made from a flat piece of metal that they 'wrap around' to form a "round" insert. A little more play than I would like and it's not exactly round. Also, the width of the insert isn't as wide as the stock shocks but I didn't measure them with calipers or anything. Just how they fell into position in the axle mount rather than me having to work them back and forth like the stock shocks.
- They painted the crap out of the threads that go through the shock tower up front. After torquing them down, one side is noticeably tighter, probably due to all the paint on the threads. Use a die to get it off if possible or wire wheel, etc.


I know that's quite the list of cons, but I'm not disappointed with them for the price I paid. They really are a budget oriented shock. There's just a few areas that they could improve on. But armed with the knowledge I now have, I would have rather saved up some more money to get the better RS9000XLs with the adjustable dampening.

I can give you more info if you need. For the record, I typically am pretty critical (over critical!!?? nahhhh) of quality.
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@JST, So should I save and go with the 9000s or blisteins?
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I've never had bilsteins, but I'm always hearing great things about them. I've heard good things about the 9000s too.

All I can say is don't settle for anything less than the 9000s if you're going the Rancho route, unless there are strict budget concerns.
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