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Unread 09-29-2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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Unlimited Rubicon; best shocks?

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Anyone with an Unlimited Rubicon change their shocks yet? How do they compare with stock, and what mileage on originals? I've heard Rancho RS5000s and Bilstein are good options. Comments? I don't want anything with air lines hanging down...

I spend most of my time off-road, and at 30K, the shock ride seems pretty jarring when going over the many 6-12 inch drops I have to encounter everyday. Lots of side-side rolling also.

Mike H. in Sedona, Az

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Anyone with an Unlimited Rubicon change their shocks yet?
Nope, everyone still running stock.

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How do they compare with stock, and what mileage on originals? I've heard Rancho RS9000XL and Bilstein are good options. Comments?
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I don't want anything with air lines hanging down...
Air lines hanging down from shocks?
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Air lines hanging down from shocks?
I think He's talking about a piggyback reservoir or something
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For some reason, I got the idea the RS9000 series had air lines via which to adjust the ride. That's why I would prefer the RS5000 series. Am I getting the wrong idea?

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For some reason, I got the idea the RS9000 series had air lines via which to adjust the ride. That's why I would prefer the RS5000 series. Am I getting the wrong idea?

Thanks,
Mike H.
That is an option if you want the in cab adjustment, but not necessary. Mine are great and just have the dials on each one to adjust.

That being said, what is your concern about air lines? Anyone with OBA or air lockers has air lines running around their vehicles. Its not like they are hanging down to get caught on things. Using zip ties you can fix them nice and snug to run however you'd like.
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I went with bilsteins. They ride good. This is covered often, youll get more opinions by searching
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I have the Rancho RS9000XL adjustable shocks. I did not get the 'my ride' system so I do not have any air lines to deal with. It took me a few months of playing with different settings, but I have finally found a setting that I really like. Now that I have found the settings I like, I would definitely recommend these shocks. The real beauty about them is that you can stiffen them up when your loaded down. This is definitely an asset with the LJ since it can carry more weight in the rear than the TJ.

One thing that I would also keep in mind when replacing shocks is that the factory Rubicon shocks (I'm not sure on the others) are a gas charged shock. So I would stick with gas shocks. If you go to hydro shocks you are actually taking a step backwards in my opinion. So from my experience I would recommend the Rancho RS9000XL. But that is the only Rancho product that I would recommend at this point.

Other shocks that I don't have personal experience with but that you might want to consider would be the Bilstein 5100 series and the OME shocks. When looking at the Bilstein shocks, be sure you get the 5100 series shocks that are valved specifically for Jeeps. They have one set that is made for the Rubicon or Jeeps with 1" of lift and one set for a Jeep with 3" of lift. If you're stock get the Rubicon shocks for 1" of lift.
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Anyone with an Unlimited Rubicon change their shocks yet? How do they compare with stock, and what mileage on originals? I've heard Rancho RS5000s and Bilstein are good options. Comments? I don't want anything with air lines hanging down...

I spend most of my time off-road, and at 30K, the shock ride seems pretty jarring when going over the many 6-12 inch drops I have to encounter everyday. Lots of side-side rolling also.

Mike H. in Sedona, Az
If money isn't a worry, go with walker evans, king or fox shocks.. But if you are not looking at spending serious money and just want something good enough for the price it's between bilstein 5100's and rancho's
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If money isn't a worry, go with walker evans, king or fox shocks.. But if you are not looking at spending serious money and just want something good enough for the price it's between bilstein 5100's and rancho's
See how it starts?

Do you have your Foxes dialed in yet?
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I know both the Bilsteins and Rancho have limited lifetime warranties. I'm not sure what is covered?
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Another fan of the 9000XL's here. Been a great addition after a couple sets of OME's. The ability to adjust them for the heavier gear I'm carrying in the LJ is great.

On a positive note, I destroyed both my rear airline fittings on the shocks themselves down on the Rubicon. I've had the shocks for some time now-well over a year and a half, maybe closer to two, I honestly forget. I swapped the air fittings with the regular turn-dial knobs and left them in place, rather than pull the lower bolt and flip the shock around inside towards the axle instead of out. Naturally broke both the manual knobs off too, and managed to dent the driver rear on some rocks. I sent an email to Rancho customer service asking if I could BUY new adjustment knobs-4 of the manuals and 2 of the air fittings, explaining that in my stupidity I destroyed the others. They sent a note back with the part numbers I needed and said to call the warranty line, so I did. Today I just received a package containing 4 manual adjust knobs and 2 new steel air fittings. They sent them free of charge, didn't cost me a dime-and this was MY fault they broke. After seeing the new steel fittings, I should have requested 4 of them as well, but hey, still pretty cool they warranteed this out like that without questioning a thing.

I don't know what all the warrantee covers, but this is a part I considered to be a "maintenance" type item and was fully ready to buy them for spares. Nice to know Rancho stands behind their stuff, even as simple as this was. Thought I'd mention it for those on the fence regarding these shocks and air lines or not. I haven't had a single issue with anything on the shocks or MyRide setup other than this. They've been great overall.

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I have the rancho rs5000's and they suck! Extremely harsh, definitely go with the 9000xl's
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Do you have your Foxes dialed in yet?
Haha I knew you'd come in and I don't blame you. But you gotta admit my answer is partially right.. I should have re-stated to: "if money and time are not a worry" haha but thats why I ended it on a good note and recommended either bilsteins or rancho's, which if I would have listened to you, I'd probably have one less of an expensive headache .

And no I haven't dialed them in. I tried looking into what bilsteins are valved to which is:
Front 134/66 digressive rebound/compression
Rear 174/47 digressive rebound/compression
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