Rancho RS9000xl Adjustable Shocks

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Does anyone have any experience with the
Rancho RS9000XL Series Shock Absorber

I have a crap Rough Country Shock on my Jeep now and want to upgrade without forking out $1500.00. I have heard good reviews but wanted some first hand experience if anyone has any.
 

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either of the option i suggested wont cost more then 120-150 per shock , ran both on my jku. i find the old man emu softer better for overland and daily drivers. the bilsteins work better offroad and on the rocks but still nice and soft. ive found fox too stiff and have seen them break shock mounts off the front diff.
 

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either of the option i suggested wont cost more then 120-150 per shock , ran both on my jku. i find the old man emu softer better for overland and daily drivers. the bilsteins work better offroad and on the rocks but still nice and soft. ive found fox too stiff and have seen them break shock mounts off the front diff.
Im looking at the Old Man EMU and it only shows a shock for a 2' lift. Will they work on a 2.5"? Are these adjustable at all?
 

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adjustable shocks are honestly a waste, rarely does anyone take the time to adjust and keep them clean enough so they can be. Also ive yet to setup an adjustable set in which i could say that i could feel a difference in the settings, besides coilovers.

with the old man emus the 60067L and 60066L are more suited to 3-4 in lifts or 2.5's setup for long travel.
 
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Just throwing it out there. I put fox 2.0 shocks on my Jku after putting on my teraflex 2.5” lift and it was a huge noticeable difference. Rides great & still nice & smooth but firm as well. Only cost about $520. Just my 2 cents if that helps.
 
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As an intermediate level motorcycle suspension tuner, I can tell you that cheap adjustable shocks may not show any difference at all in ride quality. There are so many factors, so much that affects the way shocks ride...

Most adjustable shocks have rebound adjusters at a minimum, which allows you to reduce jarring felt over bumps/potholes when the tire returns to the pavement too quickly (less rebound, softer return to the ground). Then there are very high end shocks with high speed rebound and low speed rebound, which are completely different fluid circuits...

Suspension is a really deep hole to dive into. My suggestion would be to get some OMEs or Bilsteins, and move on to the next part of the project. If you are doing more than weekend warrior, then you need more.

If you are full time overlanding, then you will want fully adjustable shocks, with spring rates specifically picked for your truck’s weight for the trips.

James
 
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I decided to go with the Teraflex Tuned Fox w/ Reservoir Shock Absorber Kit. My good friend happened to have this kit with 100 miles on them that he just took of hit Jeep. He sold them to me for $600.00 with the Teraflex Overlanding Springs. All in all I think I got a screaming deal since he is even putting them on for me. Thank you guys for talking me out of the Rancho's and for all the advice. I'm sure I will be back many times asking for help. :0)
 
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Hmmmm, I've had the RS9000's on my "05" 4Runner for the past 6 years, and they've been great. Been on logging roads to trails, mud and snow and zero problems to date. I run 33", BFG K02's, so there's a little bit of additional un-sprung for them to wrestle. Good to hear other people's opinions on them, as I really haven't seen a lot of input about them. I can definitely notice the difference if I adjust them however, I do rarely change them, it just depends. In regards to the other brands, I've heard good things about the EMU's and Bilstiens. Good luck!
 

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Hmmmm, I've had the RS9000's on my "05" 4Runner for the past 6 years, and they've been great. Been on logging roads to trails, mud and snow and zero problems to date. I run 33", BFG K02's, so there's a little bit of additional un-sprung for them to wrestle. Good to hear other people's opinions on them, as I really haven't seen a lot of input about them. I can definitely notice the difference if I adjust them however, I do rarely change them, it just depends. In regards to the other brands, I've heard good things about the EMU's and Bilstiens. Good luck!
Thank you. I ended up going with the Teraflex tuned fox reservoir shock and they are fantastic.
 
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Been running them on the front of my rig for over a year. A huge improvement over stock OEM style shocks off road. A little stiff for the highway. Took a little "break in" time before they wernt so stiff but I love them for the price.
 
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