RANCHO RS9000X SHOCKS

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 18:41
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Hi All!

I have an 80 series GXL (93 mod.) with standard shocks. The idea is to lift it (20 mm front + 30 mm rear) using COIL SPRING SPACERS but using the old coil springs and install 4 new RANCHO RS9000X SHOCKS.
Any suggestion?

Grazie mille!

Luca
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 18:49

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 18:49
1) why are you going for more rear? Just go for the correct springs if its for weight. Otherwise you spend the year lookin like a 1977 Sandman van....

I had 9x's on my GQ.. they blew 3 times and not just 1 shock... They were replaced under warranty each time, but I DIDNT WANT SHOCKS THAT DIED!
I threw them in the bin, not worth the effort.

there are WAY better shocks out there for fullsized trucks (80/100, GQ/GU etc).. the Adjustable is good, but now there are other shocks out there with adjustability.

Take a good look around at other shocks on the market.

So far Ive tried Koni, OME, XGS from TJM, and Ranchos... and thats the order I'd buy them in again.

Good luck

ps check www.lcool.org
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Follow Up By: dedalus - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 21:20

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 21:20
Ok, thanks for the advice!
The reason of the "bum lift" for may forby is simple ..... every time I'm doing some serious offroad I scrape the spate tire on the ground ..... Now my dream is to lift it 5" but my whife is not so tall .... and she is also pregnant .... so 2"-3" shoud be the right compomise .... :-)))

Luca
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 21:29

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 21:29
Re reading it, you are doing the whole lift with spring spacers?

Dont do it.. Do it right, or not at all.. Springs are not that expensive.
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Reply By: Swine Hunter - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 19:41

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 19:41
Hi There,
I have to ask same question as Truckster, what is the purpose of the lift? If weight related just buy the correct springs in modified height to suit.

As far as Rancho shocks go, I would not waste my money, they are way too soft for that size truck, I had them on my GQ after 2 weeks, I ditched them, and went for adjustable Koni's, you will not be disappointed in Koni, just spend the money once and get it right.

cheers,
Wayne
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Follow Up By: dedalus - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 21:21

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 21:21
Thanks!

what about Monroe shocks?

Luca
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Follow Up By: Swine Hunter - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 07:53

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 07:53
Monroe shocks are a very basic shock, not adjustable, not rebuildable and suited only to on-road or very basic off road conditions. If you plan to load the car up, forget them, they will not handle a full load on rough terrain.

Koni cost about $400 per pair, and will often outlast other brands by up to 3 times. They can then be re-built in Melbourne by the distributor for about $320 for ALL FOUR UNITS. This makes them excellent value @ less than $100 per corner. If you are keeping the truck, buy Koni, not the cheapest, but certainly one of if not the best.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: dedalus - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 08:01

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 08:01
Thanks fot that!
What about if I install basic schock and a seto of polyair when I load the car?
Luca
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 12:47

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 12:47
Dont try and do it on the cheap, its not worth it... 1000's have been through it before and in the end, you waste money on the crap stuff

Your not in a cheap hobby.. Poor people cant afford cheap things. Simple as that.

Do it right do it once.
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Follow Up By: Swine Hunter - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 18:22

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 18:22
Consider this:
Cost of spacers+
Cost of Monroe or other cheapie shocks+
Polyairs

VS

New coils+
Koni/Bilstiens

I don't think there would be too much difference really............
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Reply By: Member - Stan (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 20:54

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 20:54
Bilstein shocks would be my pick. The handling improves straight away.
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Follow Up By: Swine Hunter - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 07:49

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 07:49
I will also concur, billy's are a fantastic shock, my only issue with them is that as far as I know they are not a twin tube design (correct me if wrong) therefore not affording the best protection from dents which would make the shock useless.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Redback - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 07:59

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 07:59
Only issue i found with Bilsteins was with a 2" lift in my Landy they weren't long enough had to get a 50mm extension on them, but they are a good shock.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stan (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 14:59

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 14:59
Some Bildteins are single tube, but you can put steel protectors
on top and there are no problems as it is all shielded in the weak
spots....
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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 00:37

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 00:37
Two things. IMHO

Firstly, take out your spare tyre and get a split rim. Three people I know with 80 or 100 series have done this. The only downer is, if you need the spare, it should only be used on the rear axle if being used at highway speeds.

Secondly, I fitted heaver springs to the rear only of my GU patrol so it doesn't sag when the camper is hooked up, or we are loaded up for camping. It does sit a bit higher at the back when empty but I don't care, and it does ride better, empty or laoded.

2 springs, fitted....$210.00

Cheers,

Muzz
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Reply By: Redback - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 07:22

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 07:22
DON'T buy Ranchos i have a mate with a 100s cruiser with a 4" lift and 33s and he doesn't like them at all, way to soft and as the others have said do it right springs and shocks that match for your lift.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: fatz - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 16:15

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 16:15
hear, hear. dont bother with the ranchoes, waste of time and even when adjusted upto nine are still too soft for a vehicle of that weight. I'll give you a secondhand set for the right money if you want to do it on the cheap!!! have a good look around and take your time in deciding on what exactley you want to acheive. springs are not dear and set up correctly the car will be heaps better to drive.
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 12:15

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 12:15
What is the cost of all the spacers?
A set of rear coils will set you pack $200 and its just a case of unbolting an end of the old shock, jack up the car and bung in the new spring.

With a set of replacement springs, the pitching and rolling around corners will not be as noticeable, and load carrying will be improved.

Ranchos- I found they were not strong enough on the back. I never broke any or had any ill effects, but i changed the back over for heavier duty shocks. Save your cash upfront and get a more reputable brand.
Monroe? Not if you are doing offroad work and need to rely on the things for bush travel. I imagine after fitting those you'd be in the same boat as if you kept the stock shockers on.
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