Rancho shocks

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 23:33
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Has any body fitted the Rancho RS9000 15 stage shocks. Are these just a gimick or do they actually do as advertised. Being able to vary the shock rates on the run would be a great feature.
Also how do Old Man Emu ride. I have a new 100 series TD and would like to fit heavy duty coils and shocks but don't want to loose the really teriffic ride I have now.
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Reply By: Rusty - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 23:47

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 23:47
To be really honest with you I have know idea what you are talking about in realation to these shock absorbers. I do know that most heavy duty shocks will work harder as the road gets rougher. Until they overheat and airate etc. Having never been in a 100 series I dont know what the ride is like, suffice to say that anything you do to the suspension is going to affect the ride you get inside the cabin. So you have to decide the amount of comprmise you willing to give. Because if you change the suspension the ride is going to change obviously. It's not standard anymore. Personally I don't care how hard the ride is if it handles the way I want. Because thats why I changed it in the first place. Most suspension on any car is designed for comfort not handling. Now that's a big statement I know. Watch somebody try and shoot me down. But its true otherwise nobody would ever change them.
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Follow Up By: Nordave - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 23:59

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 23:59
Sorry did not explain very well did I. The shocks have a 5 position adjustment which is supposed to let you vary the harshness of the shock. The 5th setting is rock hard and the 1st setting is soft.
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Follow Up By: Cj - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2003 at 09:50

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2003 at 09:50
Not really answering the question on Rancho's, are you rusty?
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Reply By: Coops - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2003 at 01:55

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2003 at 01:55
They work fine for me.
Mine only have 5 settings and new ones have 15 settings. You can get 45 stages I believe but you would need the in cab controller which is about $500 plus fitting costs
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Reply By: Truckster - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2003 at 11:16

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2003 at 11:16
The new ones are 9 way adjustable.

The old ones are 5 way adjustable. You cant get these now... only old stock.

I have them and incab kit in my GQ..... Works excellent. But they arent the best quality shocks out there...

Soft is SOFT... Hard is Racing round bathurst!

Koni are.
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Reply By: Alex - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2003 at 15:40

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2003 at 15:40
Hi Norad, I have the 5 stage variable RS 9000 fitted to my 75 series Troopy, and I have been very happy with them. The ability to firm them up when loaded and softening them when going about normal business is what appealed to me in the first place and I haven’t been disappointed. Before I bought them I asked Rancho to give me some contacts of customers that had them fitted to Troopy’s and I also called a couple of NT Tour operators that were using them…They all spoke highly of the Rancho’s
The cab controller is an additional cost, but manually adjusting them is very simple and takes about 10 seconds per shock.
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Reply By: desert - Thursday, Feb 13, 2003 at 13:18

Thursday, Feb 13, 2003 at 13:18
Nordave, I have a pair of 9-stage adjustable on the rear of the Patrol and on the softest setting they have taken all the harseness out of the heavy duty coils also fitted. They allow you to run heavy springs and still retain a cushy ride. Firm up the settings as you add weight to the car. I still have OME on the front and these crash and "wobble" compared to the Rancho's. One has also begun to leak (ther're 9 mnths old) so once they spit completely, they will be replaced with Rancho's, no hesitation. No question they are a better shock than OME and also gain 40mm more stroke length. But, they are much dearer of-course.
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Follow Up By: Nordave - Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 22:39

Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 22:39
Thanks for the input people I think I will fit some OME springs with Rancho shocks. May even save up and fit the in car adjuster
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Reply By: Cam A. - Thursday, Feb 20, 2003 at 23:51

Thursday, Feb 20, 2003 at 23:51
Rancho's and Koni's are about the same price and are both excellent units.

Koni's are rebuildable, Rancho's aren't.

Rancho's are adjustable, Koni's aren't.

Tough choice.
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