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Shocks for Rock Crawling
« on: Jan 27, 2020, 05:17:48 AM »
What is the best brand of shock absorbers for rock crawling?

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Re: Shocks for Rock Crawling
« Reply #1 on: Mar 16, 2020, 09:25:31 AM »
Depends on what kind of ride quality you're looking for the bilstein 5100 is usually the best option for most people. I have noticed they are a little stiff if you have a truck and running them in the rear.
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Re: Shocks for Rock Crawling
« Reply #2 on: Mar 16, 2020, 10:09:14 AM »
Rancho RS 9000 XL. The Bilsteins were too soft for me.
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Re: Shocks for Rock Crawling
« Reply #3 on: Aug 14, 2020, 11:58:12 AM »
bilstein 5125s are a good choice

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Re: Shocks for Rock Crawling
« Reply #4 on: Aug 14, 2020, 10:27:14 PM »
Rancho RS 9000 XL. The Bilsteins were too soft for me.

Concur. I may have had the wrong application of the 5100 as I cannot imagine anyone being happy with them for crawling. I bottomed them out in Moab constantly dropping off ledges. With the Ranchos that are physically nearly identical in length it rarely happens.
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Re: Shocks for Rock Crawling
« Reply #5 on: Aug 16, 2020, 04:59:28 AM »
Over my 20+ years of wheeling, I ran Rancho, KYB, Bilstein, Monroe, and Pro Comp.  My consideration was based on my Toy pickups being both week-end warriors and daily drivers. I found that Ranchos failed and leaked sooner than they should, but had nice features like adjustable stiffness knob.  Too stiff on the highway was not desirable, so I tried to find a compromise for highway and trail. Since 95% of my wheeling was slow rockcrawling stiffness on the trails was not a big deal, it was the extension and compression lengths.  Optimum articulation was most desired. KYBs tended to get stiffer after awhile, Bilsteins seemed to go softer, Monroe had minimum options, so ended up running mostly Rancho and I tried every one of their models, ending up with 9000s with the adjusting knob somewhere in the middle.  Now there are way more options for shocks.

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Re: Shocks for Rock Crawling
« Reply #6 on: Aug 16, 2020, 12:43:26 PM »
Over my 20+ years of wheeling, I ran Rancho, KYB, Bilstein, Monroe, and Pro Comp.  My consideration was based on my Toy pickups being both week-end warriors and daily drivers. I found that Ranchos failed and leaked sooner than they should, but had nice features like adjustable stiffness knob.  Too stiff on the highway was not desirable, so I tried to find a compromise for highway and trail. Since 95% of my wheeling was slow rockcrawling stiffness on the trails was not a big deal, it was the extension and compression lengths.  Optimum articulation was most desired. KYBs tended to get stiffer after awhile, Bilsteins seemed to go softer, Monroe had minimum options, so ended up running mostly Rancho and I tried every one of their models, ending up with 9000s with the adjusting knob somewhere in the middle.  Now there are way more options for shocks.

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I run 9000s maxed out all the time. It works great with my Alcans.
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Re: Shocks for Rock Crawling
« Reply #7 on: Oct 15, 2020, 08:13:48 AM »
Sorry for the late response, guys. I forgot my password. I would like to thank everyone for the feedback. I went ahead and had Bilstein Shocks installed on my crawler.

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Re: Shocks for Rock Crawling
« Reply #8 on: Oct 15, 2020, 05:22:06 PM »
Sorry for the late response, guys. I forgot my password. I would like to thank everyone for the feedback. I went ahead and had Bilstein Shocks installed on my crawler.

I hope you have the positive experience that so many seem to have. If you find them to be inadequate, the Rancho 9000xl has treated me well and resolved my issues with bottoming out my suspicion/shocks constantly while rock crawling in Moab. 
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Re: Shocks for Rock Crawling
« Reply #9 on: Oct 16, 2020, 07:40:48 AM »
Will keep that in mind. Thank you!

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Re: Shocks for Rock Crawling
« Reply #10 on: Oct 16, 2020, 09:52:05 AM »
I had the same experience as BD and switched to the Ranchos.
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