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Old April 20th, 2006, 09:38 AM
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Question Choosing shocks/determining valving...???

Virtual shopping time!
Thanks to a good friend (isuzurover,some may know him on other BBs)
I have the chance to get 4 shock absorbers from US,wider choice,
better prices,no issues with VAT,duties,fees,whatever,just the cost of the shocks.
Too good to say no...

So I could ride the wave and buy some blingy toys.

Good Keith suggested Bilsteins 7100s,but they're too $$$ for my budget...

Then I am considering these:
5150 series

Pros:
they come with reservoir which is not bulky,close to the body and can be set in any position (top)
they come at 99.50 USD from eshocks
they are available in 6.5" to 14" travel

Cons:
pin>eye adaptors are needed (can fab) but I like the idea,easier for maintenance...
2 choices of valving only: 255/70 or 170/60
never seen them fitted to a D90 (!)

As I don't have the slightest clue of whater this is a proper valving or not for my application...
...opinions are welcome.

The Cube is a DD.
Spring rate is 170 lbs./inch on every corner (17.71" for a roughly +2" lift)
Here I presume stiff shocks would compensate...but when "stiff" is too "stiff"???
Bolt-on goodies include the 8274 on custom bumper,sliders,and-assuming I'll ever find the way-Husky in the rear
Exo shock mountings from Keith...yum...or custom made...maybe...in a future...

I am just playing with some ideas...so,should I be completely wrong for some reason,feel free to:
-teach me (tell me why!)
-suggest alternative options (preferably cheap)

TIA!
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Old April 20th, 2006, 10:50 AM
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You would be better served buying the 7100 non res. I have heard good things about Rancho=
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Old April 20th, 2006, 10:57 AM
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I've heard of mountings failures on Ranchos...?
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Putting the Bilsteins on this weekend...I will let you know how it goes.
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Will those 5150's even work inside the spring? I could see them working on D2 upper towers but I think you would want to cut out a space in the tower so there would be room for the reservoir.
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Old April 20th, 2006, 11:30 AM
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Putting the Bilsteins on this weekend
5150s?

Chris,good point.
Custom made turrets would be on the list.
Modifying a DII turret is an option,
but I fear it could weaken it...
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5150s?

Chris,good point.
Custom made turrets would be on the list.
Modifying a DII turret is an option,
but I fear it could weaken it...
What's wrong with the Orams???
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Old April 20th, 2006, 11:45 AM
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Erm...nothing I guess?
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Old April 20th, 2006, 12:03 PM
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Ok....

Just curious, you have better shocks over there why bother getting stuff from here....

Check out the ProComp shocks, they ROCK!!
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These are pretty nice!
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I just put ranchos 9000's on. Ill let you know how they are once the truck is together.
I talked to Steve at rovertyme(18046394180) and he recommended the shock with the correct travel.
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I think you will find the Rancho 9000s a bit hard. Now if you are going from OMEs to Ranchos then I'm sure you will like them.
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Just curious, you have better shocks over there why bother getting stuff from here....
I know what you mean.
ORAP/ORAM may be better but they're $$$.
Procomps are relatively cheap,but choice is limited to 9000 only.
You can easily find the MX6s adjustable over there,just to say one...

In the end,I just like to try something different from what the 99% of the people use here.
Take axles for example...the local trend commands they have to be MD...
I went for RT axles...

It's just me...
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I brought Merv a set of Rancho RS9000X to Ireland a few years back they are 9 position adjustable, not sure how he liked them.
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These are pretty nice!
Who made those? I need new shock towers for my Fox Shox.
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ARGH!
Don't tell me about your Fox shocks!

Evil!

Gimme ideas!

Ranchos...uh...9014 (or '12?) as used with the DR kit at the time?

Procomp MX6s?

Anyone?
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ARGH!
Don't tell me about your Fox shocks!

Evil!

Gimme ideas!

Ranchos...uh...9014 (or '12?) as used with the DR kit at the time?

Procomp MX6s?

Anyone?
I won't tell you about them, or that I broke one of the remote resivor lines and I am driving around on ONE shock up front and it is doing fine all by itself! Sure it is a little bouncy but have you ever gone down the road with No shocks up front? I have, that is scary!

If you go Ranco be sure to get eye mounts and NOT the pin type that break (I broke 2 twice!) And if you go longer then stock you need to get external mounts otherwise you will bottom out the shocks inside the springs and they won't last very long!
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