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Rancho RS5000 vs RS9000 and Bilstein Heavy Duty vs 5100 Explained

Make: Dodge Ram
Model: 1500 4x4 regular cab
Year: 2008
What is your driving style: Normal Driver
Vehicle Setup: 4 Wheel Drive
Suspension Type: Leveling Kit

Question:
I'm trying to figure out the differences between the Rancho RS5000 and 9000 as well as the Bilstein Heavy Duty and the 5100s. I do a lot of everyday driving, but I also go off road and do work in my truck. Also it has 295/65/20s and a Truxxx leveling kit. On my old 1/2 ton GMC I ran the old Gabriel coil spring assist rear shocks and their heaviest front shocks. Right now in my current truck I'm getting a lot of axle hop and longer recovery time. Any guidance will be appreciated.

Answer:

The Rancho RS5000 will be a basic OEM replacement shock, while the RS9000 is adjustable for the level of ride comfort / performance that you want. The Bilstein Heavy Duty is a high pressure monotube shock that will give you a firmer, more controlled ride while towing, hauling, offroading, or just highway driving. The 5100 series is a stiffer monotube shock designed to be able to level your truck by lifting the spring seat between 0.5" and 2". With a leveling kit already installed, you'll want to use the Bilstein 5100 shocks, the front is logner than a standard unit to compensate for the suspension lift. You can see those parts here:

2008 Dodge Ram 1500 4wd aftermarket Shocks and Suspension

 

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