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Old 05-06-2012, 08:21 PM   eBay Motors  #51 (permalink)
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I had an in depth discussion with a guy at Rancho about this Friday. The stock-replacement shocks are NOT designed for a torsion key lifted front end. They are only 1/8" longer than stock. But 4" lift shocks are too long. Rancho makes a 7000 and 5000 series shock that is meant for torsion key lifted front ends.

That being said, I'm running the OEM replacements with no problems and might is turned up a little bit.

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Old 05-06-2012, 08:22 PM   eBay Motors  #52 (permalink)
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You can take them to any authorized dealer if you ever have any problems. The exception to any dealer is the box stores like O'Reilly's, Autozone, etc. I found out yesterday my front two are blown out. I called Rancho and they said just take them to any authorized Rancho dealer with my receipt and they will warranty them. The local Napa store sells them, so hopefully its that easy.
And to update on this. My fronts were not "blown out." Per Rancho, the front shocks are NOT gas charged. They are a triple tube shock, not gas charged. But the rears ARE gas charged. So chances are, I sent in a set of perfectly good shocks for warranty replacement. OOPS!
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:01 AM   eBay Motors  #53 (permalink)
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Wondering if I should risk the "stock" 9000XL replacements, I''ve been running stock shocks ever since I did the 2" leveling mod. But I don't want to pull new shocks apart!

Is the adjustability something worth having? I pull a 9000# fifth wheel maybe a dozen times a year, the odd gravel/lumber run, and pull a 20ft cargo trailer with my Harley once a year.
If its best to go with Rancho's 5000 due to them saying its for a 1-2.5" lift. then I do them instead.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:05 AM   eBay Motors  #54 (permalink)
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If you do have 2" of lift, but the $40 lower shock mounts that lift the mount point up 2" and you'll be fine! Its the guys like me that only have about 1" of lift that are in a tough spot - maybe too much lift and bottoming out the shock prematurely, but if I put the lift brackets on, then I risk bottoming the shock.

FYI you WILL NOT pull the shock apart. Per Rancho tech support last week, the OEM shocks are designed to limit the downtravel, so they are made to take the load. The downtravel stops on the frame are just to hold the whole suspension from falling down during maintenance when the shocks are off.

I love the adjustability. I think the Rancho 5000s are GARBAGE and would never run them. They are literally one of the cheapest shocks you can buy.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:12 PM   eBay Motors  #55 (permalink)
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If you do have 2" of lift, but the $40 lower shock mounts that lift the mount point up 2" and you'll be fine!
Great thanks Knaffie! I'm guessing you mean "buy"... Where can I buy this shock mount? Is it a Rancho product? Can't see it on their website.
Thanks!

Ps I'm being quoted CAD$180/per !! (Canadian Tire) Yikes any cheaper places that sell these in Calgary/Okotoks, Alberta
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:16 PM   eBay Motors  #56 (permalink)
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Great thanks Knaffie! I'm guessing you mean "buy"... Where can I buy this shock mount? Is it a Rancho product? Can't see it on their website.
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Ps I'm being quoted CAD$180/per !! (Canadian Tire) Yikes any cheaper places that sell these in Calgary/Okotoks, Alberta
They are called shock extenders. Usually $20-40 per set. I'm sure several places makes them. You might need to look around a bit to find them in Canada, eh?

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Old 05-08-2012, 08:19 PM   eBay Motors  #57 (permalink)
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They are called shock extenders. Usually $20-40 per set. I'm sure several places makes them. You might need to look around a bit to find them in Canada, eh?
Found 'em 2nd call, that's for the links once I knew what I was looking for it was easier to ask for them! First place (Diesel performance shop) didn't have any idea at first what I was asking for. Then they could bring in for $80 and didn't sell Ranchos... Called Modern Motors and he happened to have a set of brand new extenders left over from somebody that bought a leveling kit but needed longer shocks! Worked out for me. Very helpful guys there. 38 loonies and they were mine! They also had the Rancho 9000's in stock @ $146/per.
Way better than Crappy Tire $180 and their 2 days - 4 week lead time!

Should I change out the steering stabilizer too? Eh?

Awesome! Thanks everyone so much for the help!

Hope to install tomorrow night!
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:54 AM   eBay Motors  #58 (permalink)
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I just installed the Rancho 9000XLs Monday evening. I am thoroughly impressed with the improvement in ride. I have the initial settings at 6 front and 4 in the rear. I have never owner Bilsteins, but have always heard good things about them.

I got them from 4Wheel parts for $340 and am going to send in my $100 rebate from Rancho today. That makes a grand total of $240 for these shocks right now. Can't beat that.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:22 AM   eBay Motors  #59 (permalink)
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Just looked up the shocks on 4 wheel parts and they are 399.00 total?
How did u find 340.00? Thanks
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:39 AM   eBay Motors  #60 (permalink)
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PM me your info on the trucks height. Ive had no joke 35 people pm me from this thread asking for the website. Guys there is a reason this site is cheap. Nobody knows about it and if they do nobody knows how to use it. If you signed up just to ask for the site...sorry but its not that easy. If i have seen you around before helping others out than i dont mind helping you save some $$$.

PLEASE if i sent you the link dont make it your job to tell all your buddies. I like good deals lol

If this is on Bilsteins why don't you send me the info, if it's not you making the sale then let me take a stab at matching such a great deal, I'm a supporting vendor that support you members and I can't always say there might not be something better out there but I will always be happy to match or beat it if I need to beat up my distributors or manufactures I buy from..... What happens when someone needs help, that online retailer going to be there for a forum member like we would?
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