rancho shocks

Submitted: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:10
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G'day all, has any one used Rancho rs 5000 shocks in the front of a leaf spring Hilux ?. If so, what do you think?.
I have a 84 4runner turbo diesel and do lots of corrigated roads,mixed with a smattering of extreme 4bying.
Any experience with ride quality, wheel travel etc would be appreciated.
nomad {QLD}
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:42

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:42
I use Rachos in my GQ,,, (which i know isnt a hilux),,, but i am going to replace them with a good set of long travel gas shocks as soon as i can....
They seem to be not too flash on our bad roads... I even think they may have worn out already in one year...(cape york and simpson)....

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Follow Up By: Leroy - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 22:19

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 22:19
You need a good gas shock. Foam cell shocks are not up to the task and deteriorate when over heated which is easily done on corrugated roads. At least when a gas shock over heats it operates as per normal once it cools back down.

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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:46

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:46

i have had the RS9000's on my '90 dual cab Hilux (leaf sprung) for about 3 and a bit years now and I have been happy with them. I know they aren't the 5000's but i have been happy with the ranchos.

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Follow Up By: nomad - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 20:07

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 20:07
Thanks Sam, I'me mainly concerned with ride quality over corrigations, as we all no ,the old leaf sprung hilux needs all the help it can get in this department.
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Reply By: nomad - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:57

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:57
Thanks voxon, shocks are to expencive to buy and find out they aren't up to the job.
If you believe all the advertising, every bodys shocks are the best, hence drawing on the experience of the forum.
Thanks again for sharing yourview.
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Reply By: Member - Liz- Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 22:17

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 22:17
Would suggest the Ranchos are well made and perform well if not pushed. If you are looking at corrugations would suggest you look at a shock with larger outer tube diameter. Shocks are just basically heat/ energy disipaters so the more surface area the better the heat they will not give up on corrugations as easily( if all other factors are equal eg ride you want, duty and desired handeling outcomes.Remember this is not Bathurst. You just want to keep the tryes on the road under difficult conditions to maintain grip while maintaining balance between under and oversteer, You can get carried away) . Or so theroy goes. Every retailer will tell you their shocks are the best, difficult to decide isn't it!!. I changed to "rockcrawler" sold by Autoalliance (they are Rancho distributors as well infact I believe they are the Aust importer) I am very happy with them. Firm action on the bitumen and they do not seem to "give up" on corrugations. Not sure how they would go in extreem 4wd situations in terms of travel but for me I couldn't be happier.
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Reply By: Member - Errol (York WA) - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 19:00

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 19:00
Ga,day Nomad . I was going to fit Rancho,s to my GU ute , went to a well known supspention place in Perth . All the fiters there own 4x4s and have Rancho,s on . When i described the type of 4x4ing we do , ( touring mostley , wiyh a few rough tracks thrown in ) the manager advised against them , for what we do and where we go , he advised me to fit Konies , whitch i did and have had no probs at all .Off to the Kimberleys in two weeks and am straining at the bit . Cheers
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Follow Up By: nomad - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 21:57

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 21:57
Thanks to all, I'm still not sure what to do, guess i'll just have to toss a coin.

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