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    Default Rancho vs. Bilsteins

    I am currently looking at 2 different setups and I haven't had the time to research both and don't know which is better. Right now from what I have found, both shock packages are good, just wonering if anyone in the forums are running the shocks that I am looking at.

    For the Rancho shocks I am looking at running the RS7000MT series, RS7784 Strut on the front end and RS7198 shock on the rear.

    The Bilsteins are the 5100 series, 24-186940 Ride Height Adjustable Strut on the front and 24-186957 on the rear.

    I have also looked at the Rancho RS5000 series, but from what I have read, they sit a little lower than OEM shocks.

    My OEM shocks are worn out and are now starting to leak and need to be replaced. I am looking for a a quality ride on pavement with good off road handling. Just up in the air on which to get? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    2007 Silverado LT Z71 Crew Cab w/Diablo Trinity
    2.5" Front leveling Kit, Removed 1" factory Rear Blocks, Installed 2.5" Blocks
    CSI CAI, Rugged Liner Tonneau Cover, EGR Bug Shield
    EGR In-Channel Vent Visors, Front Windows Tinted 30%
    275/70/18 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs (33's)
    Spec-D LED Taillights

    Wanted - Gibson or Magnaflow Exhaust, Nerf Bars, Spyder Black LED Projector Headlights

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    My personal experience is that Bilsteins are a smoother riding shock and handle much better on road.
    Rancho's take an off-road beating much better, they have a stiffer rebound that normally helps in off-road traction situations.

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    I agree! I finally had a chance to ride in a truck with bilsteins. They road really smooth compared to the ranchos my buddy had on his f150.

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors,
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

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    From what I have read and heard the Bilsteins are the way to go, was just looking for inputs on the forum. I am leaning toward the Bilsteins, cost comparision wise, the struts tend to be cheaper that the Rancho's.

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    I would search around the web. Shockwarehouse has some of the best prices I have seen. Also Autoanything has good prices.

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    I'm running Bilstein 5100's all the way around and am very pleased with them.

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    JUst switched from the Factory Rancho's the GM uses on the Z71's to Bilstein's Always a well built shock...
    08 Z71 Avalanche Mods to date: K&N CAI,Hellwig Swaybars and End Links, Corsa Sport Exhaust, Superchips Programer,IPCW LOF & 3rd brake light and tails, AMI Gas door,Show Hooks and Door locks, Enkei Wheels, with Pirelli tires, StreetScene Bowties, Grant Steering wheel,Muth signal mirrors,SSBC Big Brake kit,Huskyliner Mug gards,Floor mats and Hood shield, McGard Lug nuts and locks, Bedrug, Cervini's Ram Air hood,35watt HID Fog lights, Sylvania bulbs all around ZXE's Highs and Lows, WhiteNight Back up lights,Sirius and HD Radio, SnugTop sitting on deck now Got a Softopper on now,Tempress Boat Hatches.... New Bilstein shocks are on... New Mods coming soon..... X

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    Ok, So I decided to go with Bilstein 5100s, I installed them this past weekend and so far I am loving the ride. Much smoother ride than the factory setup. Also, what I like about the Bilstien 5100s is that the front strut is ride height adjustable and I have now leveled my truck out to 3" in the front end, which overall is all I want. I have a 2.5" leveling kit and used the strut to give it another half inch.

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