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#1 10-04-2013 14:41:17

john
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Registered: 09-27-2008
Posts: 107

Rancho Shocks

I heard that some offroad shocks "sway" when they're on the road because they're softer. The guy I used to work with has a 94 Ford Explorer. He bought Rancho shocks. I thought he bought the cheapest ones. Maybe those are the ones I ought to go with if I'm looking for a firmer offroad experience, right? ...or are those the series you got Steve? If I get "add-a-leafs" in the rear, that'll stiffen the ride, won't it? Either that, or I thought to go with a fatter sway bar.

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Re: Rancho Shocks

#2 10-08-2013 14:15:27

stevil
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Registered: 04-29-2009
Posts: 213

Re: Rancho Shocks

They are designed for off road - as in rock crawling.  The idea is to supply minimal resistance when the axle id moving up and down slowly, but stiffen up considerably when you hit something big at speed.  They get very stiff then.  They are a good experience when traveling 35 mph on what most folks would slow down to 5 mph for.  3-4" rock in the road or small wash outs.  I use to sell Gabriel and KYBs and used them both myself.  The Gabriel truck shocks are a good 50/50 ratio shock.  KYB Gasadjusts are also but considerably stiffer and I would put them in the performance shock category.  I have never run them, but for a good smooth ride with variable valving I would run the Monroe truck shocks that have a 90/10 ratio.  If you want to spend the money, you can't go wrong with Bilstiens.

I thought I would try the Rancho because I got them cheap.  I have run them for 3 years and turned them all in on warranty.  One had leaked, two had gotten too soft.  The warranty was good, no questions asked.  My point is that unless you are rock crawling, you shouldn't be running a rock crawling shock on the highway, which is where most of our driving is anyway.

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#3 10-15-2013 15:12:39

stevil
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Registered: 04-29-2009
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Re: Rancho Shocks

That's a good point. I'm glad I posted about this. I don't go offroad enough and I don't do any crazy rock-crawling. The only offroad I do would be the things that don't do a lot of damage to my front end. Maybe a little when the Jeep is pitched at an angle sideways to avoid objects on the trail and there's no other way around. I think I'll get Edelbrock shocks which were mentioned yesterday by another person.

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