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Crabbypatty

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Posted: 11/01/20 12:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TV = 2015 F 250 CC short bed 4x4. We tow a 37' Heritage Glen FW. Noticed that the OEM shocks are getting worn and want to replace all 4. I am tending towards the Ranchos as they are adjustable. Reason this is YL's every day car. So when not towing need to soften the ride. Also will swap out steering stabilizer while im at it. Any experience is appreciated.


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Posted: 11/01/20 01:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I prefer the Bilsteans and the Ranchos as a second choice... and of course the cost is a factor as well. I've had both brands with no issues, other than normal wear. Good Luck and Happy Camping


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Posted: 11/01/20 03:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My '06 came new with Ranchos and I never liked their ride. I replaced them with Bilsteins and also the stabilizer and it handles much better. When not towing I lower tire pressure for a good ride.

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Posted: 11/01/20 03:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bilstens.

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I replaced the Ford shocks with Ranchos. 25000 miles and they were shot. Rancho quality has gone to pot. I put on KYB shocks and over 50,000 miles on them and they are fine.

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Posted: 11/01/20 06:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kind'a like a Ford or chevy question.
We keep Rancho 9000 on our work trucks. Good quality shock and we get more service life out of them.
Bilsteins are another good shock but don't seem to go as many duty cycles hauling heavy.


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i am looking at the same thing, my factory shocks are starting to go. most of the reading I have done on the super duty forums and a few camping forums are overwhelmingly going towards Bilsteins so thats what I am ordering. I had the ranchos on my 99 f250 SD and they were worse that munro gasomatics....

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Posted: 11/02/20 07:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Interesting.Yes Chevy Ford Dodge question that's why I put it out. I do keep the 20" Coopers at 80lbs but could lower them down to 60 to soften the ride up. Ill wait for more responses however thus far seems to be Bilsteins. I know that a lot of truck campers like those as well.

Keep your experiences coming

Im a Ham as well k2bkr usually on in the early hours 3895 3906ish

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Posted: 11/09/20 09:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bilsteins are a higher quality shock IMO. They typically outlast the TV.


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