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GRANDV
03-09-2005, 08:13 PM
I am looking to get some new shocks for my truck and wanted to know about the different brands. What do you think of these and would use?

KYB
Rancho
Monroe
Gabriel

soundstreamer
03-10-2005, 08:45 PM
the majority of my driving experience is rock crawling in modified jeeps/toyotas/custom vehicles and rough oilfield roads in heavy-*** loaded down work trucks...so i know how to rip shocks apart
out of the choices you gave, i've never used kyb so i can't say on them. i like monroe and gabriel and use them on crew trucks. they last longer than i expect them to in harsh off-road environments and are fairly cheap and redily availabel at local parts stores. i never personally used rancho either, but i stay away because so many people around here do i've heard tons of complaints about them. one recent experience: a friend of mine blew out 3 of 4 rancho shocks within a month. the place he bought them from warrantied them and gave him 3 more that have now held up for almost 3 months with no problems so far because he hasn't been driving his jeep much.
doestch tech and bilstein are my favorite shock manufacturers. going for crazy articulation(no bumpstops on axle drop limiting straps) i've used both brands as my suspnesion limiters and have never had a problem with them. i once ripped a bar pin off the frame upon full extension but the shock held up fine.

bri487
03-10-2005, 08:47 PM
i would say either rancho or bilstein

destruction
03-15-2005, 10:51 PM
rancho blows

edelbrock shocks are the only one's worth the money

i ran rubicon express x-duty monotubes on the jeep and they were ok, but a little on the stiff side.

Expy2000
03-15-2005, 10:56 PM
I hate Rancho too


I miss my Jeep..


****** expedition with my ****** nitro gas beltech drop shocks...

deadboi77
03-15-2005, 11:03 PM
I like my Ranchos*last years models with the 10 different settings*havent had a single prob yet with them and i like to do alot of trail riding*96 jeep*

bri487
03-16-2005, 08:13 PM
rancho blows

edelbrock shocks are the only one's worth the money




I hate Rancho too


why do you say that? i have ran all sorts of shock on different cars and i have liked them the best. i have had the ones on my truck for about two years now and they are awesome. just curious as to why that is your opinion?

analogkid
03-16-2005, 09:24 PM
what do you drive? do you go wheelin? i have a 4runner with procomp es9000's and i will never go back. i abuse the sh*t out of my truck off road and i cant seem to blow these shocks out. dont go rancho....they ****. i had them and my dad has a suburban with dual ranchos in front single in rear. im really sorry he didnt ask me before getting them.

bri487
03-16-2005, 11:45 PM
what do you drive? do you go wheelin? i have a 4runner with procomp es9000's and i will never go back. i abuse the sh*t out of my truck off road and i cant seem to blow these shocks out. dont go rancho....they ****. i had them and my dad has a suburban with dual ranchos in front single in rear. im really sorry he didnt ask me before getting them.

any solid explanation as to why you didnt like them?

Ignatowski
03-27-2005, 06:21 AM
I run KYBs in my Silverado,I love em
one of the best improvments I have done

analogkid
03-28-2005, 02:32 PM
any solid explanation as to why you didnt like them?


i didnt like them in my truck because they cant handle the beating and blew out less than a month after getting them. my dads suburbann rides like a garbage truck now. i even took 1 pair off the front and it didnt make it better. the valving ***** on them.

PowerdByGuiness
04-10-2005, 05:00 AM
rancho is ok . . never heard much from people who really offroaded it

bilstein is good but EXPENSIVE

pro comp es9000's frickin rock! i abused mine all the time before i got my life. rode GREAT

i ran fabtech shocks for a bit, they are the biggest pieces of ****, NEVER get ANYTHING from them

doetsch tech also makes good shocks

96pfinderSE
04-13-2005, 10:47 PM
KYBs i hate But I have the ranch rsx 17000's on my car and i love em they just float over bumps

BigPimpin18
04-21-2005, 01:23 AM
AMX monotube!!! Those are strong *** shocks.

bri487
04-21-2005, 11:39 PM
i just got an 05 silverado. i am had it lifted this week and put bilsteins on it. i will let you know what i think of it cause i am getting it back tomarrow.

Fate710
04-26-2005, 02:17 AM
Rancho = blows hard
Rubicon Express = Eh
Rusty's Off Road = Eh
Superlift = Better Than 2 Previous
Edelbrock = Better Than Superlift
Bilstein = GOD OVER ALL IN TRUCK SHOCKS

Fate710
04-26-2005, 02:18 AM
now my previous post was about shocks and not coilovers.

if it was for both I would go King Coilovers in a heart beat. Had them on my last buggy and they rock

PowerdByGuiness
04-26-2005, 04:39 PM
^ yup that prety much covers it.

bilstein has the best tube shocks, donahoe racing's old shocks the same b/c they are clearcoated and rinse clean but they are actually bilstein shocks with appearance mods and valved differently

donahoe's new shocks are valved even better but are only valved to a narrow range of trucks

pro comp also makes a great shock, my nitrous charged ES9000s are perfect even after a year of hard beating and abuse. u can buy 3 for the price of a bilstein 5100