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Old 06-27-2021, 01:02 PM   #1
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I have a 2011 Ford F-250 diesel 4X4 that needs new shocks. Currently has Ranchoís on it. Any reason not to stay with Ranchoís? Is there a better option?
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Old 06-27-2021, 01:07 PM   #2
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Bilstein 5100 if they make them for your truck
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Old 06-27-2021, 01:08 PM   #3
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I love my Bilsteins on my f250


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Old 06-27-2021, 01:14 PM   #4
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Bilstein 5100 if they make them for your truck
Just checked their website & doesnít fit ;(
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Old 06-27-2021, 01:18 PM   #5
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Do you know which model yours are?
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Old 06-27-2021, 01:21 PM   #6
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Do you know which model yours are?


I did this setup and it was an astronomical upgrade from stock


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Old 06-27-2021, 01:21 PM   #7
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I’ve put bilsteins on a couple different trucks and couldn’t tell a difference, rancho are good shocks also
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Old 06-27-2021, 01:44 PM   #8
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Iíve put bilsteins on a couple different trucks and couldnít tell a difference, rancho are good shocks also
These Ranchoís were on the truck when I bought it used in 2014 with 49K miles. Currently has 123K on it & Iím assuming are the original shocks.
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Old 06-27-2021, 01:47 PM   #9
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Iíve put bilsteins on a couple different trucks and couldnít tell a difference, rancho are good shocks also
Same with me , but after someone paid the price for those pretty silver shocks they can make themselves Think they ride better.
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Old 06-28-2021, 09:35 PM   #10
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I just ordered Bilstein 5100s to replace the stock Ranchos. Iím at 84k miles.


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Old 06-30-2021, 12:31 AM   #11
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Got a 2011 GMC with 6" lift and I run Bilsteins on it and love how good it rides even when pulling a 12' trailer it still rides smooth. Mine our the 5112's model.
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Old 06-30-2021, 07:02 AM   #12
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I replaced the factory Ranchos on mine with Bilstiens about two months ago. There is definitely a noticeable difference. Passengers in the truck have made comments about the truck riding smother as well.
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Old 06-30-2021, 07:07 AM   #13
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Bilstein 5160

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Old 06-30-2021, 07:29 AM   #14
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Old 06-30-2021, 08:14 AM   #15
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i put Bilstein 5100's on a 2011 F250 a couple of years ago and was happy with them. Not sure why you can't find any that fit?
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Old 06-30-2021, 10:32 AM   #16
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My mom's suburbans have always floated on a cloud w bilsteins

They are the best bang for the buck imo
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Old 06-30-2021, 10:39 AM   #17
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I literally just replaced factory rear shocks with Rancho's on my F150 and it made a huge difference. Mine were definitely worn out though. I could not find the Bilstein's I wanted so I settled for Rancho's. Not mad about it.
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Old 06-30-2021, 10:46 AM   #18
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I buy Bilsteins adjustable. Been happy with them on last 2 trucks.

Wanted to put them on wife's suburban, but the GM won't accept them.
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Old 06-30-2021, 10:57 AM   #19
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I just replaced my stock shocks on my 2012 with Rancho 9000's. Really liking them so far.
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Old 06-30-2021, 11:15 AM   #20
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I just replaced the entire front end on my 2013 Ford f150 due to running Bilstein 5100s with a 2" lift for 2 years. Everything was wore out control arms, shocks, ball joints, tie rod ends, sway bar links.
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Old 06-30-2021, 11:27 AM   #21
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I just replaced the entire front end on my 2013 Ford f150 due to running Bilstein 5100s with a 2" lift for 2 years. Everything was wore out control arms, shocks, ball joints, tie rod ends, sway bar links.
Are you attributing the front end wear to the shock absorbers or the lift? Or both?
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Old 06-30-2021, 03:19 PM   #22
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I just replaced the entire front end on my 2013 Ford f150 due to running Bilstein 5100s with a 2" lift for 2 years. Everything was wore out control arms, shocks, ball joints, tie rod ends, sway bar links.
Who did the work? That's what I've done on my last 2 F150's. One sold at 135k miles and the other at 145k. Both were great when sold each had over 80k miles on the front end raise and shocks.

I am only questioning the method.
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Old 06-30-2021, 03:59 PM   #23
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Old 06-30-2021, 04:47 PM   #24
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I agree with sticking with Ranchos. I've only had to replace my rear shocks after 123,000 miles on my 2014 GMC Sierra. It's easy to tell when they need to be replaced by pushing down on either the front end, for front shocks, or on the bumper, for the back shocks. I found my left rear shock wasn't responding as quickly but I was able to change them in about 20 minutes and it's as good as new. The fronts are a different story and will be a pain in the butt to replace when they go bad.
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Old 06-30-2021, 04:55 PM   #25
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I just replaced the entire front end on my 2013 Ford f150 due to running Bilstein 5100s with a 2" lift for 2 years. Everything was wore out control arms, shocks, ball joints, tie rod ends, sway bar links.
I reckon the shocks had nothing to do with that...if you had spacers then yeah that won't do anything for front end components.

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Old 06-30-2021, 04:58 PM   #26
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These are well worth the money, took 4 worn out Fox 2.0s off of it with 3 of them leaking oil.

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Old 06-30-2021, 05:20 PM   #27
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I just replaced the entire front end on my 2013 Ford f150 due to running Bilstein 5100s with a 2" lift for 2 years. Everything was wore out control arms, shocks, ball joints, tie rod ends, sway bar links.
my z71 2500 with rancho is in the same boat 89k miles. My tundra with blistein 5100 is gtg 274k miles. i think the difference is the 2500 has a replacement front bumper and the tundra doesnt. extra weight will wear on everything.
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Are you attributing the front end wear to the shock absorbers or the lift? Or both?
I think the increased 2" causes the problems. Steering angles and control arm angles changed. Put alot of undue wear on the front end quick. Shocks were completely worn out though.

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Who did the work? That's what I've done on my last 2 F150's. One sold at 135k miles and the other at 145k. Both were great when sold each had over 80k miles on the front end raise and shocks.

I am only questioning the method.
A shop here locally then had the dealership do the alignment.

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I reckon the shocks had nothing to do with that...if you had spacers then yeah that won't do anything for front end components.

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No spacers just struts that increase the front ride height 2" or so.

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my z71 2500 with rancho is in the same boat 89k miles. My tundra with blistein 5100 is gtg 274k miles. i think the difference is the 2500 has a replacement front bumper and the tundra doesnt. extra weight will wear on everything.
I just have a grill guard on the front. I'm sure it still increases wear.
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