Originally Posted by Stone572
. . . Anyway, I am going to highjack my own thread, it is shocktober with Rancho, going to replace all four shocks. Being that it isn't going to be a big off road vehicle - any thoughts on the 5000 versus the 9000. Considering its buy 3 get one free in October I am really thinking of grabbing the 9000 adjustable. Side note - the bilstein 5100 gets a lot of positive press - but I think it is a foreign shock and I would rather buy made in USA
I've been running the Bilstein 5125 (basically same as 5100 except sold by length not application) for a few years now and would highly recommend them. Prior to the Bilsteins I was running the Rancho 9000 XL's. The adjustability is great and I would prefer the 9000's over the Bilsteins except that the adjustment knob and road salt don't work out so great. If you drive your rig on the road in the winter then wash those adjusters frequently!
I agree with biffgnar and would go further: Buying shocks based on lift height is stupid. It does not account for how you lowered your bump stops or limit straps. The right way to buy shocks is to measure your extended/compressed length taking into account bump stops and limit straps then go to the tables and buy shocks that fit and have the proper valving for your application.