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Shock upgrade

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jperry9636, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. jperry9636

    jperry9636 Member
    Messages: 45

    Hey guys. I started looking a new shocks for my 05 2500HD. I like the Rancho RS9000XL with the Myride wireless controler. I like the idea of being able to change the shocks on the fly for towing, plowing , or just being on the highway. Anyways what has worked for you and put in what has not worked for you. The more feed back you guys give the easier it is for me. Thanks for your help.

    Later,
    Jack
     
  2. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    Most guys like em in this order: Bilstein 5100, Edelbrocks, KYB.
     
  3. jperry9636

    jperry9636 Member
    Messages: 45

    come on guys put .02 cents in I want to make a educated decision on some new shocks.
     
  4. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    How much do you want to spend ???? What kind of ride or performance do you want ??? Those ?? will help in feed back !!!
     
  5. MRBachand

    MRBachand Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    I couldn't be any happier with my KYB Monomax's. Just put them, they handle my diesel and the 9' fisher plow like a champ. Unloaded ride is still nice too, but my truck weights 9200lbs 'empty'
     
  6. Schwinn68

    Schwinn68 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    I've got the bilstein 5100 series on mine and they have been great
     
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    If I ever get through the pile of new parts I already need to install, I will be getting the Bilsteins
     
  8. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    The externally adjustable Rancho's are a good shock but they don't survive in the rust belt. The adjustment mechanism on the shock body isn't sealed well enough causing the internal plunger to rust and seize up, thus your "on the fly" adjustment ceases to function. They'll seldom go a whole winter before requiring removal, cleaning and re-lubricating.

    A fine concept, but not on a plow truck. :nono:
     
  9. Rubicon 327

    Rubicon 327 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    Probably not the best ride shock but they help hold the plow weight.They are a Bilstein shock also and would probably work a lot better if I hooked them up to an in cab control system to adjust the ride when the plow is off.

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  10. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    Will they work w/o any lift in the truck?
     
  11. jperry9636

    jperry9636 Member
    Messages: 45

    thanks for the info on the rancho's. I do not want to give up ride as I do drive the truck some distances and like that it does not ride like a tank. So with that in mind what shocks will give the best ride but still be good with the towing and plowing.

    Later,
    Jack
     
  12. Rubicon 327

    Rubicon 327 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    Like rsvees also said,
    I would think the Bilstein 5100s are the way to go then for what you are looking to do.Most people I have read are happy with them.
     
  13. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Only problem is they place and extreme amount of stress on a shock mount for which it was not designed for. We've discussed this in the past if you look around a little.

    Bilstien 5100's are worth their weight in gold on these trucks. Even today after using them many times it still amazes me how well a truck works after installing a set...especially over a set of stockers or stock replacements. I installed a set on an '09 with only 4000 mi just yesterday and was again impressed with the difference in ride quality. And guys think they ride good stock. :drinkup:
     
  14. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    So for the 5100's on a truck at stock height, you order the ones for up to a 2" lift right?
     
  15. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Correct. They actually cover 0"-2" with a single set of p/n's.
     
  16. Seaway25

    Seaway25 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    I just put on the 5100's on Friday. They made a huge difference! I am very happy. They price wasn't too bad either.
     
  17. Schwinn68

    Schwinn68 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Yes, they are designed for 0-2" of lift