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Old 05-18-2011, 08:23 AM
pjschwartz pjschwartz is offline
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Default Shock Recommendations

I have a 2000 Ranger (Supercab, 4wd, 3.0) with 72,800 miles. I am looking for recommendations for shocks; looking to spend no more than $50 per shock. I'm looking for a comfort ride . . . the vehicle is pretty much driven on road, it's not used for towing and hauling is limited to the occasional trip to Home Depot.

I'm currently looking at the Monroe Sensa-Tracs.

Thoughts or recommendations?
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:02 PM
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I think that those would serve you well for your use.
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:30 AM
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I think that those would serve you well for your use.
x2, but really asking for a good comfortable ride with a t bar 4x4 ranger especially depending on your tires, on only $50 a shock isn't the easiest thing to accomplish either lol.

Most of the time all the opinions come from just brand bias or name they like the most. Coming from a ford tech, I would say that the shock to get for that money would be the Sensatrac. Alot hate it, but for that money thats what id go with.

Now I have had bilsteins and the new rancho 9000's fully 9 wway adjustables to but these are obviously going to be more than 50 a shock, more like 75-85 a shock but just depends on what its worth to you. Again for that money id go with the sensatracs but I wouldnt expect a HUGE amazing difference you know. If money aint the option id go Bilstein or Rancho 9000's for alil more money a shock, but again thats up to you. Goodluck.
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:14 AM
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Monroe is good, I would do Bilsteins myself though
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:11 PM
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x2, but really asking for a good comfortable ride with a t bar 4x4 ranger especially depending on your tires, on only $50 a shock isn't the easiest thing to accomplish either lol.

Most of the time all the opinions come from just brand bias or name they like the most. Coming from a ford tech, I would say that the shock to get for that money would be the Sensatrac. Alot hate it, but for that money thats what id go with.

Now I have had bilsteins and the new rancho 9000's fully 9 wway adjustables to but these are obviously going to be more than 50 a shock, more like 75-85 a shock but just depends on what its worth to you. Again for that money id go with the sensatracs but I wouldnt expect a HUGE amazing difference you know. If money aint the option id go Bilstein or Rancho 9000's for alil more money a shock, but again thats up to you. Goodluck.
Hey Zach-
I just picked-up a set of the RS9000s-how do you like them? What do you have the valving set at? I'm putting them on this weekend and I'm looking for a place to start. I got a great deal on them-$320 for 4 plus free shipping plus $100 rebate-couldn't pass them up.
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:55 PM
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Hey Zach-
I just picked-up a set of the RS9000s-how do you like them? What do you have the valving set at? I'm putting them on this weekend and I'm looking for a place to start. I got a great deal on them-$320 for 4 plus free shipping plus $100 rebate-couldn't pass them up.
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nice man, I have em set at 3 all the way around, through work rancho recommends 6 up front and 3 out back for highway driving but I started with like 5/5 and then went down to 3/3 and ive liked it enough that I havent switched it to any others yet. Good price, I myself paid like $280 and then get the mail in rebate offer so I even got it all $50 cheaper than you but acourse mine was through work, so you got a great deal forsure. I really didnt want them persay because im going coilover so I wont be able to use them anyways, but for the deal I got I figure ill run em for 5,000 miles or so and let someone have em for a good price like I am with my bilsteins right now.
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:37 PM
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Thanks Zach-
That's what I was looking for. I drive strickly on road, but the roads here SUCK and the RS5000s aren't cutting it.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:51 PM
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Thanks Zach-
That's what I was looking for. I drive strickly on road, but the roads here SUCK and the RS5000s aren't cutting it.
MikeR
I hear ya same here. Not alot you can do with a cranked t bar 4x4 rangeron the ride and comfort control but they do better than anything else ive tried outside of going to coilover soon.
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:13 AM
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RockAuto has a promotion where I can get a set of 4 R9000Xl's for $370 shipped AND a $100 rebate. I am guessing I should jump on this offer than? I know it is more than you paid....but are they worth it?
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:03 PM
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RockAuto has a promotion where I can get a set of 4 R9000Xl's for $370 shipped AND a $100 rebate. I am guessing I should jump on this offer than? I know it is more than you paid....but are they worth it?
I think in general rancho is offering that, whether it be thru sears, rockauto, etc but yes I would. I actually got to use that offer as well as some others just because of through work itself, but if it wouldnt have been thru work and just a regular person it would have just been that. Which reminds me I havent sent my mail in rebate back lol.

I think they are, I like them more than my bilsteins and its always nice to have adjustability. It wasnt that my bilsteins were bad, but they switch on their own and adjust so at times if they hadn't adjusted yet, the inital change from like road to highway or smooth to big bump could be uncomfortable. Others love theres, and they really were good quality but I just like the adjustability of the rancho. Ive yet to have them long enough to see how long they last, so well see if I have them on long enough to know.
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:22 PM
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love my bilstein 5125s but i dont have tbars and those are a bit more than $50 a shock
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:04 PM
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Default Re: Shock Recommendations

I have Bilstein HDs (E4-WM5-Y170A00 on the front and E4-WM5-Y172A00 on the back) on my CR-V. They can be a bit rough at times. What are you looking for in ride quality? That will help us determine better what to direct you toward. I know you stated a price but I don't remember you stating a ride type.

EDIT: Scratch that. Reread the OP. I think the Rancho 5000s were closest to an OEM ride. The Monroe shocks should be about the same, just not as good of a shock.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:00 AM
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I wound up going with the Sensa-Tracs . . . after replacing 2 lower ball joints and a steering arm in addition, the truck rides very smooth (at least for a truck)>
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:34 AM
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I would spend a little more and get a better monotube shock. You can get bilstein 5100s for around 65-70 a shock at AJUSA.com free shipping on orders over like 75 or 100 dollars. do a search for ajusa.com coupons or look on retailmenot.com and you can maybe find a 10% off coupon like i did.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:19 PM
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Just to clarify, the R9000XL will fit on my stock truck right?
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