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post #1 of 7 Old 02-13-2016, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Mfg Shock recommendations for 2" lift?...confused

Trying to decide on shocks.
1999 TJ, unknown 2" coil lift on 32x11.5 tires. I'm leaning towards the 5000X's & with a 2" lift, Rancho recommends these:

5000X-
Front RS55326, 21.8 extended, 14.0 compressed, 7.8' of travel
Rear RS55330, 25.6 extended, 16.0 compressed, 9.6" of travel

9000XL-
Front RS999239, 23.1 extended, 14.5 compressed, 8.4" of travel
Rear, RS999241, 20.8 extended, 13.6 compressed, 7.2" of travel

Both front shocks are pretty similar in spec's, but the rears are quite different...5" of difference at full extension. So, I am thinking the RS55328 would be a better fit for my app?
Rancho RS5000X Rear Shock Absorber
Compressed Length: 14.563 inches
Extended Length: 22.563 inches
Travel Length: 8.000 inches

I recently added a new bumper and Warn M8000 winch. I was pretty sure the existing shocks were shot and this squatted the front end down about an inch:





Front on jack stands:


I have been reading here quite a bit on shocks/lifts(there is a ton to learn). I know proper bump stops are a must. I am still not understanding how to find the correct shock for my application. I think I need to be measuring, but I don't have the tool to remove or compress my springs.....Harbor freight?

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the rancho 9000 adjustable shocks are very nice, but not cheap.
most feel the rancho 5000 are pretty stiff for a tj.

look into ome, bds, zone hydro, or skyjacker hydro for cheap shocks that ride pretty decent.

ome shocks would work real good for ya.

ball park shock length are
13" compressed
22" extended
9" travel
give or take a little.

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Do not go only by Rancho recommendations. That tends to end up with a shock that is too long. You need to measure your own jeep and be comfortable yourself that fitment is correct.

Avoid the 5000s. Not a good choice.

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Joe, I do not want stiff as this will not be a rock crawler but an occasional rough un-maintained County road or some poorly maintained steep driveways(wife owns a real estate company). Are the ball park figures you gave for the front or rear shocks?

Biff, are we talking the 5000 or the newer 5000X? I am reading good stuff on the X over on the Wranglerforum..........
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Joe, I do not want stiff as this will not be a rock crawler but an occasional rough un-maintained County road or some poorly maintained steep driveways(wife owns a real estate company). Are the ball park figures you gave for the front or rear shocks?

Biff, are we talking the 5000 or the newer 5000X? I am reading good stuff on the X over on the Wranglerforum..........
A modest improvement. Would have been hard not to. Would still be way down my list of choices.

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Joe, I do not want stiff as this will not be a rock crawler but an occasional rough un-maintained County road or some poorly maintained steep driveways(wife owns a real estate company). Are the ball park figures you gave for the front or rear shocks?

Biff, are we talking the 5000 or the newer 5000X? I am reading good stuff on the X over on the Wranglerforum..........
the ball park figures were from ome shocks.
they are a very nice match for a 2" lift, with pretty long travel for their size.
OME N66 22.25/13.25" 9.25" travel stock bumpstop length
OME N67 22 /13.25" 8.75" travel 1.25" bumpstop requirement
every brand shock is slightly different, sizes will vary some.
this shock is discontinued, but was considered a really good travel option.
they replaced it with a gas shock, that is slightly stiffer.

the rancho 5000's were very stiff, i know nothing about 5000x shocks yet.
nice to hear they got something new to market that can work for us.

imho, unless running high speeds off road, you want a soft a shock for a tj.

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Plus 1 on the ome shocks. I love them on my 2" BB and they ride great and have good travel when disconnected, they are my limiting factors right now.

I also had the rancho 9000 adjustable and they were slightly stiffer, but I had them on setting 3. Still good shocks, but I found the OME's rode slightly better with light loads in the rear, such as without a top
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