Koni adjustables or Rancho 9000's

Submitted: Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 18:38
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As the title says for arond the same price which do you reckon would be the better for comfort, longevity and performance.
The Rancho's are $60 dearer - haven't had them before but had exception performance service from Koni in other vehicles.

Your opinions would be much appreciated.
Cheers Howesy.
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Reply By: TD100 - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 19:11

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 19:11
When your on a winner why change.i also have and still do use konis and have had long trouble free life from all of them in 4WDs and passenger cars.as for ranchos ?? dunno about them,i know they dont like corrugated roads.cheers Paul
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Reply By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 19:21

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 19:21
I would stay with the Koni shockies. Have had more than satisfactory performance on both car and motorcycle. My son bought Rancho Adjustables and the fit was very so so. The bushes really did not fit and quickly cut out. I sold Ranchos some twenty five years ago and although much dearer at that time they did not last any longer than the Monroes we also sold.

Things may have changed over twenty five years, however we were not at all impressed with the results on son's HiLux.

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Reply By: howesy - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 19:54

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 19:54
Thanks guys I'll stick with the Koni's then
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 21:28

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 21:28
Track Trailer use Konis, I had them on the front of a Torago , what a difference....silverback
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Reply By: Member - Max B (QLD) - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 20:26

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 20:26
Last year we travelled from Brisbane to NW WA via Innaminca, Uluru and Great Western Road, and then returned via Gibb R Road, Katherine, Mt Isa etc.
I fitted the adustable Ranchos for the trip, and they were completely done by the time we returned.
Stuffed after 15,000km's !!!!!!!
My advice is to stick to the ones you know.
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Follow Up By: howesy - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 20:53

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 20:53
Cheers again
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Reply By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 05:36

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 05:36
If I were doing a trip up in he Mountains, the High Country, or a competition I would probably go for the Rancho's..

But for the Outback, and those countless miles of corrugations, I was recomended Tough Dog, Ralph shockers..
However being too lousy to spend $250 each shocker, I went for Ride Pro, ( believe they are made in Canada & China, don't get the Chinese made ones ) ,,, @ $130 makes good sense to me.
Not as good as the Tough Dogs, but close enuf for me

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Reply By: Ian from Thermoguard Instruments - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 08:00

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 08:00
Hi Howesy,

No contest in my opinion - stay with Koni. Koni - a high quality product that will last for years and then (I think) they are all still rebuildable. Rancho - cheaply built (but not cheap) rubbish.

Had a pair of Rancho 9000X adjustables. For towing (with 'polyairs' at moderate pressure) they had to be a maximum damping setting from day one and I turfed them after no more than 50K km - never again. Went to Bilstein because they seem to be particularly well-suited to the Discovery but I have Konis on another vehicle and they're great.

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Reply By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 21:20

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 21:20
Hows it going Howsey,

I think it depends on the application and what you expect from the shocks.

I fitted Rancho's 9000x to my GU to go around OZ , they were soon stuffed by heavily loaded vehicle over bad roads.

I have been told the low oil volume and valving arent that good for big and or heavy vehicles.

I liked the way you could dial in the Ranchos for the road / load conditions , but they didnt last long. I got Koni Heavy Track shocks to replace them ,while they are adjustable you have to take them off to do it.

Konis are a bit more expensive but should last as long as you have them due to being rebuildable.

I reckon you should try to go for the largest oil volume that you can afford. Longer shock life ?

Hope this helps ,

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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 22:46

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 22:46
I don't think you'll find a much better damper than these:

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They are hellsishly expensive but I'm hoping to get a better life out of them than others I've had.

Since these pics were taken, they've done some very severe corrrrrrugations and ehld up very well. No leaks and minimal fade when hot. They are a BIG damper.

Got a fairly good deal from Topperformance Suspensions in ?Bayswater, Melbourne who distribute Koni throughout Australia, so know a thing or two about suspensions systems.

No affiliations etc, just satisfied customer.


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Reply By: howesy - Friday, Apr 18, 2008 at 18:40

Friday, Apr 18, 2008 at 18:40
I've been away again for 4 days so thanks to all those who replied to the post. Looks like the Koni. Got quoted around $800 for them but just got to make sure what series they are.
Interestingly Rancho 9000 were slightly dearer but not quoted at the Koni place he doesnt sell rancho.
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