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Unread 01-03-2013, 12:12 AM   #16
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If you ever visit the TJ forum you'll see that they wheel them _hard_ over there and are a favorite shock with no issues.

If you have time to email me the part numbers you have/had, as well as your lift height, I'd like to do some research.

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Unread 01-03-2013, 11:53 AM   #17
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Quick question do you adjust the shocks to a firmer setting when towing? I am going to assume so. Would you mind sharing what you have them set at, and perhaps the weight of the trailer/load (guesstimate). Appreciate that info, it is good for the ol' memory bank...

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The bilsteins were good at first but then felt softer after they were broken in. Then they began to feel like they offered no control of the wheel they were installed on whatsoever. When this happened, death wobble became a normal characteristic of my Jeep. Closer inspection of them revealed that they were leaking terribly. Once removed, I tested them by compressing them and they did not expand out after being compressed. I went through three sets in a short period of time, which also had me removing and reinstalling/tightening every steering and suspension component trying to find what could be causing the death wobble multiple times per day every damn day. I was ready to just trade my Jeep in for virtually any other vehicle but then decided to give the Rancho 9000xl adjustable shocks a try. The ride is drastically improved and I have not had death wobble since installing the Rancho's. I came across this solution by noticing that I never got death wobble while pulling my trailer. I deduced that the trailer's weight is forcing a more controlled motion of the tires across road irregularities. Turned out that was exactly right. I still had a bit of a shimmy though. That turned out to be caused by BFG AT tires. Other people in my area were experiencing the same thing with BFG AT on JK's. I replaced them with the same size tire, but with Duratracs and my Jeep has been fine since.

My story about this is part of the stickies or FAQ about death wobble.

With most shocks, if the rebound, valving, etc. are not right for your spring rate and vehicle weight, you are stuck to just live with it or buy a different kind of shock hoping for the best. With the Rancho's you can dial them in to work with the rest of your components.

I hate giving a bad review of a product, but three sets of leaking shocks in a relatively short period of time warrants me mentioning my experience.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 11:49 PM   #18
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My trailer is a cargo craft 6' X 13' enclosed trailer I sometimes use to carry my Harley. It's a single axle trailer.

I still have bilstein's in the rear. The Rancho's up front are set to 7. I do not adjust them for towing since it isn't all that heavy and the Rancho's are on the front, not the rear.

My lift was a black diamond 3" lift that really netted me about 4" of lift. I changed out most of the lift components with PolyPerformance while also adding some additional PolyPerformance suspension and steering components.

My main point here is to give a good review of Rancho, not a bad review of bilstein.

My steering and suspension work pretty good with this setup. The Duratracs were a huge improvement over the BFG AT in every way. Now if only I could get around to the diesel conversion......
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Unread 01-04-2013, 08:24 AM   #19
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Thanks for the info!

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My trailer is a cargo craft 6' X 13' enclosed trailer I sometimes use to carry my Harley. It's a single axle trailer.

I still have bilstein's in the rear. The Rancho's up front are set to 7. I do not adjust them for towing since it isn't all that heavy and the Rancho's are on the front, not the rear.

My lift was a black diamond 3" lift that really netted me about 4" of lift. I changed out most of the lift components with PolyPerformance while also adding some additional PolyPerformance suspension and steering components.

My main point here is to give a good review of Rancho, not a bad review of bilstein.

My steering and suspension work pretty good with this setup. The Duratracs were a huge improvement over the BFG AT in every way. Now if only I could get around to the diesel conversion......
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