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JakeP

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Gen 2 Shock Options
« on: May 16, 2017, 07:56:31 AM »
I recently replaced the shocks and coils on my '98 and did a ton of research before finally pulling the trigger.  I think it goes without question Old Man Emu is one of the best options for our truck.  But what if you don't want to fork over the 100+ per shock; are there other options that are similar in specs?  I compiled a list that is not 100% complete so feel free to add your experiences or other data you may have.  I ended up going with Bilstein HD in the front and Rancho RS5000 in the rear as I felt these two options gave me the most similar specs to OME at half the price (I have a buddy that works at Auto Anything  ;) ).  I also replaced my sagging coils with OME 2910 and removed the rear sway bar.  So far the ride has been great, I was able to get up on a washboarded road on Sunday and I was mobbing, the rear axle is 10 times more lively.  Anyway, here is my list:

Bilstein 4600 Heavy Duty

Front: 24-017947
Extended: 13.5
Compressed: 9.1
Travel: 4.4

Rear: 24-017954
Extended: 17.89
Compressed: 11.61
Travel: 6.28

Rancho RS5000

Front: RS5223
Extended: 13.125
Compressed: 9.188
Travel: 3.937

Rear: RS5213
Open: 18.500
Compressed: 11.813
Travel: 6.687

Ranch RS9000 XL Adjustable

Front: RS999223
Extended: 13.020
Compressed: 9.610
Travel: 3.410

Rear: RS999213
Extended: 18.125
Compressed: 9.610
Travel: 5.875

KYB MonoMax

Front: 565024
Extended: 13.27
Compressed: 9.25
Travel: 4.02

Rear: 565025
Extended: 17.99
Compressed: 11.85
Travel: 6.14

KYB Gas A Just

Front: KG54302
Extended: 13.78
Compressed: 9.06
Travel: 4.72

Rear: KG54303
Extended: 17.99
Compressed: 11.57
Travel: 6.42

Old Man Emu
 
Front: Part No. 60040
Extended: 13.5827
Compressed: 8.8583
Travel: 4.7244

Rear: Part No. 60041
Extended: 18.8189
Compressed: 11.9685
Travel: 6.8504

Replacement Coil Part Number Regular Duty: 2910
Replacement Coil Part Number Expedition Duty: 2938

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Re: Gen 2 Shock Options
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2017, 11:31:48 AM »
 Welcome! I'll add to the list.

ADD - Bilstein 5100

 Front: ADD customized 33-230306
Valved: 360/80
Extended: 13.9
Compressed: 9.4
Travel: 4.5

Rear: ADD customized 24-185684
Valved: 224/100
Extended: 20.5
Compressed: 12.8
Travel: 7.7

*Extended travel for advanced users*
Rear: ADD customized 24-065283
Valved: 398/94
Extended: 21.5
Compressed: 13.3
Travel: 8.2


 King Shocks

Front: 20001-274   
Rear: 20001-275

 ^^^ Someone buy these!!! Then take me for a ride.

« Last Edit: May 18, 2017, 03:55:45 PM by TOASTY »

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Re: Gen 2 Shock Options
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2017, 07:12:35 AM »
Great comparison, thank you. I went OME HD on my GEN III and loved the performance and lift, but I'm thinking of mixing and matching on my GEN 2.5 for the same reason: OME = $$$. Thanks for the numbers. I've read a few reviews on ADD and Expo in terms of performance. It would be great to curate performance experience on this thread in terms of return and damping feel, ride change, sag under load, etc.
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Re: Gen 2 Shock Options
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 09:22:06 AM »
Hahah the longer I work around cars,  the more my attitude has been "If Bilsteins are available for your application,  and you're not literally doing some kind of specialized racing where you need $1500 coilovers... why on Earth would you get anything other than Bilsteins?"       

I oughtta' work for that company for how much I promote them but for real they're bolt on satisfaction in every application I've tried so far

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Re: Gen 2 Shock Options
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2017, 01:09:33 PM »
Hahah the longer I work around cars,  the more my attitude has been "If Bilsteins are available for your application,  and you're not literally doing some kind of specialized racing where you need $1500 coilovers... why on Earth would you get anything other than Bilsteins?"       

I oughtta' work for that company for how much I promote them but for real they're bolt on satisfaction in every application I've tried so far

I had them on my H3 and it felt like my dad's Buick. But, I suspect that was more H3 than Bilsteins.
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Re: Gen 2 Shock Options
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 02:39:38 PM »
Good thread. :)

I had good experiences with the RS9000XLs on my wife's old XJ, didn't know they were available for the Montero.

That said, +1 to Shovel.  I will be buying Bilstein for pretty much everything from now on.
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Re: Gen 2 Shock Options
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2017, 12:33:32 PM »
King Shocks

Front: 20001-274   
Rear: 20001-275

 ^^^ Someone buy these!!! Then take me for a ride.

Only $1984.95! With free shipping!

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Re: Gen 2 Shock Options
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2017, 10:30:35 AM »
I've spent more on shocks before, but unsure if the cost:value ratio is there for what i use this truck for.  :P
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