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Old 01-29-2020, 10:20 AM
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Anybody here a dealer? Looking to get a set for my truck and checking in to see if we have any dealers willing to pass on some savings.

I'm pretty set on the 9000xl. Anyone have anything against these. Next choice would be the builsteins 5100 but hear the rancho offers a better ride with the adjustable dampening between towing and not towing.
Old 01-29-2020, 10:25 AM
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JMO but Fox 2.0 would be my choice for anything short of really serious off-road.
Old 01-29-2020, 10:32 AM
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Strange, everything I have seen and read always point to Bilstein 5100 over Ranchos
Old 01-29-2020, 10:54 AM
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Last Ranchos I bought lasted maybe a week F250. returned under warranty all gas leaked out and collapsed made in CHINA
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have heard similar..... Rancho quality has gone to $hit
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Just put bilisteins on my truck a couple months ago. Great ride great product. Germans build things right
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I have a new F-250, my son has a Raptor 6 or 7 years old, his rides so much better than mine.

I'll switch over to what he has if I keep this truck long enough to replace shocks
Old 01-29-2020, 01:43 PM
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Do yourself a favor and buy bilstein 5100. way better shock IMO
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Have had Rancho 9000s on my last 2 trucks. Drastic improvement over factory shocks for a heavy truck camper. I like the adjustability. I dont use them for off-roading so I cant comment on their performance there. I have not tried Fox or Bilsteins since I get what Im looking for from the Ranchos.
They are not made in China by the way. Stamped Made in USA right on them.
Old 01-29-2020, 05:14 PM
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Well crap. Seems most reviews online were mixed about 50% either way. Although most reviews talk about off road use. Just liked the adjustability would make things nice even tho I doubt I would adjust all the time unless pulling more than across town.

This would be for a street driven 07 2500hd with Michelin defender 35's, 6" lift. 13 yrs on the same shocks is enough. Need to buy new ones so there is some bushings to keep from wearing out the bolts.
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I changed the GMC from ranches to Bilsteins about 8 years ago. I am not going back to ranchos. The Bilsteins ride better.
Old 01-29-2020, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Fish_DOut View Post
I changed the GMC from ranches to Bilsteins about 8 years ago. I am not going back to ranchos. The Bilsteins ride better.
What model rancho did you have? Like all thing there are the cheap ones then the not so cheap ones. Just trying go see if it's the lower end shocks giving people grief.
Old 01-29-2020, 06:41 PM
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Im guessing the 9000xls are significantly better than the oem Chevy z71 ranchos, but I just switched over from those to bilsteins 5100s and I wish I had done it on day one...
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I first put Rancho’s on my ‘02 7.3 F250. After a few years replaced them with 5100’s, Ride was much better. Currently I n the middle of a complete overhaul on the truck replaced all rocker panels, bottom door skins, brake lines ,new 2016 bed, paint and figured while everything is torn apart put a fresh set of 5100’s on.
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Funny shock story. For background, my brother was always a great BS artist, he could charm the ladies and anyone else. He was around 20 years old working in the local gas station. He saw an ad that Monroe was looking for sales people. He knew about Monroe and installed many of their shocks. He went in for an interview, must have made a good impression and reached a point where the interviewer showed him what he would be selling, calculators and business machines. WTF. Monroe Calculators. Long story short, he went to work for them, switched to IBM and computers, then to HP where he became a 6 figure sales executive. He thought he was going to be selling shock absorbers, funny how life turns out
Old 01-30-2020, 03:56 AM
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Bilstein 5100's all day. Best shock I've put on a truck and I have had my share of Rancho's.
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Originally Posted by jbooker9 View Post
Do yourself a favor and buy bilstein 5100. way better shock IMO
this.....went with these at 50,000 miles and they are awesome.
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Originally Posted by SeaSquid631 View Post
Im guessing the 9000xls are significantly better than the oem Chevy z71 ranchos, but I just switched over from those to bilsteins 5100s and I wish I had done it on day one...
I agree. The low end Rancho shocks that are coming as original equipment with many factory off road packages are giving people bad impressions.

9000xl Ranchos are a different animal however and are extremely popular in the truck camper world where we are pretty tough on shocks
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i have the rancho 9000xl on my jeep. they ok! nothing to brag about! i have had bilsteins 5100 they were a little better! then i went to fox and the rides is hands down better than the other 2! do it once and done! my duramax rides as good as a 1/2ton
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I'm currently driving a 2015 GMC Sierra All Terrain Edition. It came stock with Rancho's, the ride is rough. I initially thought it was the 20" wheels/tires but my friend has same type truck with 20's and different shocks and the ride is much better. My ride improved when I put on Michelins but it is still rougher than any other 1500 series truck I've owned.

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