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Old 05-15-2018, 03:07 PM
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Fox 2.0 or Rancho 9000?

Looking at replacing the stock shocks with something that will hopefully ride a bit better. Iíve already added the fox stabilizer which did help a good bit. Wanting to complete the shocks and hopefully get a bit better ride while not hurting the towing ability and ride in the process. Looking at with the Fox 2.0s or the adjustable Rancho 9000s.

Any preference or experience with those? Price is within $10 all in for both.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:15 PM
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Voting BDS version Fox.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by ponyboy96 View Post
Looking at replacing the stock shocks with something that will hopefully ride a bit better. Iíve already added the fox stabilizer which did help a good bit. Wanting to complete the shocks and hopefully get a bit better ride while not hurting the towing ability and ride in the process. Looking at with the Fox 2.0s or the adjustable Rancho 9000s.

Any preference or experience with those? Price is within $10 all in for both.
I have the 9000s and have been very happy with them. I put them on 9 when towing and 6 empty. I have a 50 gallon auxiliary tank and B&W in the bed at all times.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:18 PM
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Search feature shows many of post of the same question, for what i see depending on where you get the fox 2.0s there is a performance / ride difference. seems that BDS tunes them a little on firm side, the Rancho seem to be the go to shock for daily street driver for what i read. then there are the bilstein....your going to get a dozen answers. but what do i know I'm a new SD owner and my 1st post I will prob go with the Rancho when i get around to it.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:22 PM
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Fox all the way. I've never seen a set of Ranchos that last. Replacing blown shocks all the time sucks.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:26 PM
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I just put the BDS Fox 2.0s on last night. been driving a good bit today. Will post a video about it in a bit but my first impression is that is softens the harshness of the bumps. Still a solid/stiff ride overall which is what I was looking for. I came from driving BMWs and Porsches and prefer a firmer ride. May not be your cup of tea.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by AuburnAlum View Post
I just put the BDS Fox 2.0s on last night. been driving a good bit today. Will post a video about it in a bit but my first impression is that is softens the harshness of the bumps. Still a solid/stiff ride overall which is what I was looking for. I came from driving BMWs and Porsches and prefer a firmer ride. May not be your cup of tea.
Iím used to stiff suspension on my Shelby and the wifeís bmw. Itís a whole lot different in a big truck that bounces off the big potholes around here.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:00 PM
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My RS9000xl shocks on my F450 work well. 5 on front, 4 on back (empty or with my 15k fifthwheel).
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:32 PM
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Iím used to stiff suspension on my Shelby and the wifeís bmw. Itís a whole lot different in a big truck that bounces off the big potholes around here.
It does not bounce off of pot holes, it absorbs them much better than the stock. The stock would have that 'aftershock' vibration on hard bumps. These don't
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:13 PM
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I have been debating fox vs 9000 for the past month. I pulled the trigger on the 9000ís yesterday. With rebate, I am paying $360 for the 9000ís vs $520 for the foxís I had foxís on the Duramax I traded in for the f250 and I thought it made the ride too harsh. I donít do much off-roading at all. Stage 3 recommended the fox (non bds version) for my truck which is having a 2.5Ē level kit added, however based on my previous experience with fox and the price difference, I elected to go with the Ranchos. I will let you know if I am happy with my decision in the next few weeks when I get them installed.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:30 PM
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I've been debating the same thing. Just ordered the Rancho 9000xl. The ability to adjust the ride won me over.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:31 PM
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I've been debating the same thing. Just ordered the Rancho 9000xl. The ability to adjust the ride won me over.
Thats the way Iím leaning also. I like being able to adjust it.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:12 PM
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Thats the way Iím leaning also. I like being able to adjust it.
X2. From what I've read you need to put grease behind the ***** so you can keep adjusting them without them eventually siezing. I also clear coated mine with Rustoleum to keep them looking nice.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ponyboy96 View Post


Iím used to stiff suspension on my Shelby and the wifeís bmw. Itís a whole lot different in a big truck that bounces off the big potholes around here.

Curious - Year of Shelby?
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:59 PM
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Before I lost my first F350, I had the Rancho 9000 XLís set on 5 on the front and 4 on the back. Very comfortable ride and noticeable difference from the stock. My BIL who has had an F250 for years could not believe the ride. He noticed it on a bumpy country ride when he felt like we were doing 25 but the speedo said 50. Not sure how good for off-road but I was very happy with the unloaded performance. Never got a chance to compare a loaded ride with the XLís.
 
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