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Unread 03-29-2010, 03:19 PM   #1
ry1820
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Shocks question

I have an 04 Limited, I need new rear shocks but Im not sure if I have the Up Country suspension.
I am 99% sure I dont, because my 02 had it and there is a definite difference, but I want to be 100% sure.
How can I tell?
Also, does anyone have suggestions on what shocks to get? - Fully stock, I do some, but not a lot of off roading if that helps.

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Unread 03-29-2010, 11:33 PM   #2
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Bump.
Really? Anyone??
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05 GC Limited - 4.7 Quadra-Trac II ~127,000 miles
12 GC Limited - 5.7 V8 Quadra-Drive II ~11,000 miles

99 GC Limited - 4.7 V8 - Quadra Drive (sold; 110,000 miles)
02 GC Laredo - I6 - Selec Trac (sold; 123,000 miles)
04 GC Limited - 4.7 V8 - Quadra Drive (sold; 132,000 miles)
07 GC Limited - 4.7 V8 - Quadra-Trac II (sold; 78,000 miles)

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Unread 03-29-2010, 11:40 PM   #3
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dont they usually have a sticker on the window that says upcountry?
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Unread 03-29-2010, 11:43 PM   #4
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Your hub to fender measurements will be a good indicator of whether or not you have upcountry springs, and more importantly, whether or not that even matters. Stock with normal springs should be just at or slightly above 18". Upcountry also came with skid plates and tow hooks, so if you don't have any of those things, you don't have upcountry. A build sheet would be a good way to tell for sure.

As far as what shocks you should get, price range is probably the largest determination. Next would be what kind of ride quality you're after. Stiffer or smoother?

Also since you're replacing shocks (and why not do all four instead of just the rears?), and you do a little bit of wheeling, now would be an opportune time to add a budget boost.
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Unread 03-30-2010, 12:48 AM   #5
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Your hub to fender measurements will be a good indicator of whether or not you have upcountry springs, and more importantly, whether or not that even matters. Stock with normal springs should be just at or slightly above 18". Upcountry also came with skid plates and tow hooks, so if you don't have any of those things, you don't have upcountry. A build sheet would be a good way to tell for sure.

As far as what shocks you should get, price range is probably the largest determination. Next would be what kind of ride quality you're after. Stiffer or smoother?

Also since you're replacing shocks (and why not do all four instead of just the rears?), and you do a little bit of wheeling, now would be an opportune time to add a budget boost.
Both front and rear are at 18" (Isnt the rear supposed to be about an inch higher than the front?)
Anyways, I dont have skid plates or tow hooks, so I suppose I dont have upcountry. - Didnt realize that on my 02 those things were part of the same package.

I suppose I am looking for a bit stiffer ride...what do you suggest? And Iwill be doing all 4. I thought about that a little while ago and it seems to make a bit more sense.
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02 GC Laredo - I6 - Selec Trac (sold; 123,000 miles)
04 GC Limited - 4.7 V8 - Quadra Drive (sold; 132,000 miles)
07 GC Limited - 4.7 V8 - Quadra-Trac II (sold; 78,000 miles)

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Unread 03-30-2010, 08:51 AM   #6
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Many people find rancho shocks to be too stiff, but I like the way they ride a lot. I have the RSX shocks, and to me, they actually aren't quite stiff enough. I'd go with the RS5000 entry level ranchos if I were doing it again, so that's a shock you may want to consider to stiffen up the ride a bit.
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Unread 03-30-2010, 09:11 AM   #7
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x2 on the Rancho RSX a great shock-I have had them in the past.Currently running Bilstein 5100 series monotubes and like the slightly stiffer ride and slightly better handling.Well worth the extra $ IMHO.
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Unread 03-30-2010, 10:54 AM   #8
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For stock height you could get some Old Man Emu shocks. They are for a 2in lift, but if you're thinking of shoving a BB on it for a little bit more height then these will fit right in. Also, check out my write-up 'in progress' about shocks. I was running OME's, and then installed ProComp MX-6's two weeks ago. 6 settings, from soft to firm, you select what you want. They were $95 ea., but I think Kolak (@aol.com) sells them cheaper. Other nice riding shocks are the Rubicon Express monotubes...and they come with a lifetime warranty. Can't beat that.
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