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How much improvement will I feel going to RS5000X shocks?

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This doesn't exactly answer your question, but I went from Rancho RS5000 shocks to Fox shocks (no-remote), and the difference was beyond night and day. The Rancho RS5000 absolutely sucked. The Fox has been amazing.
Note: there is a huge difference in feedback from the RS5000 and the RS5000X. That X at the end apparently makes all the difference in the world. But my experience with the RS5000 has soured me from trusting Rancho. But there is a ton of good feedback from RS5000X users...

So shocks definitely make a noticeable difference in ride quality.

I would, however, heavily consider trying to sell those E load tires, and get C load.
You will likely take a bit of a financial loss, but consider how often you'll be driving the Jeep and what your comfort is worth.
I guess defining comfortable enough is the issue. Which Fox shocks did you buy. Thanks for your comments.
 

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Seems I'm locked in as these tires were bought just recently before learning about load ratings. Was just looking for a quieter ride not realizing the effect of load rating and comfort. Thanks for the reply
Sell them and get the correct tires if you can afford it, chalk it up to a learning experience.
 

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Buy the RS5000X shocks before replacing the tires. Better to try a $200 change than a $1,000 change first. I run RS5000X shocks on 35" E-rated Duratracs and honestly it's still better than stock. (The Duratracs are more flexible than most tires, though.)

If you are considering buying Fox shocks, consider buying them pre-tuned for the TJ. @pcoplin is one vendor that is respected here. Accutune is another brand I have heard of. They both should have several reservoir and non-reservoir options for the TJ. You can give them the weight on each axle on the rig and they'll tune it to your rig, not just a generic model.


One less discussed option would be to install softer springs. Stiffer springs reduce body roll and deflection due to loading, but also provide a harsher ride particularly on the larger bumps. I would blame the tires or the shocks before the springs, unless I knew I had very stiff springs.
 
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I had both the 5000 were ok, 9000 were about the same except adj broke the knobs off so often it made me bypass rocks. Had Bilstein thought I would love those probable my biggest disappointment of all of them , this was over a 10 yr period some were worn out , some broke or leaked I finally coughed up and I mean coughed up the money for the Fox reserve adj and I hate to say it but they were worth every penny.
Their adjusters actually work, you can feel a difference between a 3 and 5 not so much with the others. If you like them that's all that counts.
 

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What are some common 285's in the C range that will fit the stock OEM rubicon wheels? I noticed a commin tire like BFG KO2 or Wrangler Duratrec is only in E Load Range on discount tire
 
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I had both the 5000 were ok, 9000 were about the same except adj broke the knobs off so often it made me bypass rocks. Had Bilstein thought I would love those probable my biggest disappointment of all of them , this was over a 10 yr period some were worn out , some broke or leaked I finally coughed up and I mean coughed up the money for the Fox reserve adj and I hate to say it but they were worth every penny.
Their adjusters actually work, you can feel a difference between a 3 and 5 not so much with the others. If you like them that's all that counts.
Thanks for your response.
 
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Buy the RS5000X shocks before replacing the tires. Better to try a $200 change than a $1,000 change first. I run RS5000X shocks on 35" E-rated Duratracs and honestly it's still better than stock. (The Duratracs are more flexible than most tires, though.)

If you are considering buying Fox shocks, consider buying them pre-tuned for the TJ. @pcoplin is one vendor that is respected here. Accutune is another brand I have heard of. They both should have several reservoir and non-reservoir options for the TJ. You can give them the weight on each axle on the rig and they'll tune it to your rig, not just a generic model.


One less discussed option would be to install softer springs. Stiffer springs reduce body roll and deflection due to loading, but also provide a harsher ride particularly on the larger bumps. I would blame the tires or the shocks before the springs, unless I knew I had very stiff springs.
Thank you for your response.
 
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I had to search my receipts back to 2017 to check:
- Fox 2.0 Performance Series Rear Shocks
- Fox Performance Series Smooth Body IFP Front Shocks
Thanks again for your time and help. Have a great evening.
 

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What are some common 285's in the C range that will fit the stock OEM rubicon wheels? I noticed a commin tire like BFG KO2 or Wrangler Duratrec is only in E Load Range on discount tire
33x10.5x15 are common, or you can do a 31, most metric tires will be D or E range which happens when you try to get them for a truck and not a jeep.