Shock Comparison: Rancho RS5000X vs Skyjacker Black Max vs KYB Monotube


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Hey everyone,

I have a 2.5"-3" Suspension lift, running 31x10.5 tires. I installed Rancho RS5000x, but they are short so I am looking to sell them in order to buy either the longer ones or some other option that I have seen suggested in this forum by some members.

Please let me know your opinions about Skyjacker Black Max and KYB Monotube shocks, and how they compare with Rancho RS5000x.

Or please suggest me any other alternative shock for this ride height.

* My use: Daily driver, but also off road on weekends. I don't do extreme rock crawling stuff, but I value both on road and off road performance/ride quality.
** I know they are not the best possible shocks, but I am looking shocks in this price range, or a little bit more expensive. I don't have the budget for custom tuned shocks etc.
 
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NOBODY to my knowledge has tried all three on a TJ, so the point is mute. Speculation is all you can get.
p.s. You might be the only Jeep owner is history to buy Rancho shocks that are too SHORT, since they run long. :unsure:
 
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NOBODY to my knowledge has tried all three on a TJ, so the point is mute. Speculation is all you can get.
p.s. You might be the only Jeep owner is history to buy Rancho shocks that are too SHORT. :unsure:
Yeap, unfortunately my ultra light TJ got close to 3" lift out of 2" OME springs.

That set my 0-2" Rancho RS5000x at 5.7" up travel, and 2.3" down travel.

I think it is safe to say I need the longer ones.
 

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Yeap, unfortunately my ultra light TJ got close to 3" lift out of 2" OME springs.

That set my 0-2" Rancho RS5000x at 5.7" up travel, and 2.3" down travel.

I think it is safe to say I need the longer ones.
Does Greece have craigslist or Facebook marketplace? I sold some fairly new RC shocks for $150 and bought better shocks for $187.
 
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Does Greece have craigslist or Facebook marketplace? I sold some fairly new RC shocks for $150 and bought better shocks for $187.
Yeap, we have FB Marketplace, and equivalent sites to craigslist. I've already listed them and waiting.

The truth is that I doubt that there will be a major improvement in either of the above shocks, or at least for my ass. I am just curious to know the experiences of other people running them. Especially in a light setup.

I have some days until I buy some new ones, so I 'd happy to hear some suggestions/experiences.
 

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I like how the question captures a lot of recent discussion on other threads about these three options. I worry that since that discussion is young, it may be too early for anyone to have any helpful experience to share about these three. Lots of people have run the Ranchos, but I get the feeling that not many have yet tried the other two. But hopefully I'm wrong and we'll learn something here.

For what it's worth, I think I recall you saying that you found the Ranchos to be a comfortable ride for you, even though yours is so light (like mine). If that's the case, then you might be fine just moving up to the longer Ranchos. Have you already checked to see if the BlackMax and KYBs come in a length that would be a good a fit for you as the longer Ranchos would be? I mean they probably do, but I remember to made some very careful calculations about the ideal length of your shocks, given the amount of lift you got from those new springs.
 
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Well that sucks. I was the opposite of you, ordered the longer shocks and had to replace them with the shorter ones and the policy worked perfectly.
Out of curiosity, do you remember how much actual lift did you get?
 

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Measure your shocks length at ride height. Also, any added bump stop extension we need to know about? There will soon be some data on the other 2 brands of shocks.
 

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What is your actual ride height.

I just ordered a set for my 31" tire build. We'll see how that goes!
Still need to measure but I'm on 4in springs with 33s.
Excuse me. I think u were talking to TJim
 
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Measure your shocks length at ride height. Also, any added bump stop extension we need to know about? There will soon be some data on the other 2 brands of shocks.
My front shock length at ride height is around 18.75".

No bump stop extension for now, since I did not need any for Ranchos 0-2". They will be added for sure with the longer shocks.
 
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What is your actual ride height.

I just ordered a set for my 31" tire build. We'll see how that goes!
My actual ride height of the front shock is around 18.75".
I got around 3" front lift, and around 2.5" rear lift.
 

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Hey everyone,

I have a 2.5"-3" Suspension lift, running 31x10.5 tires. I installed Rancho RS5000x, but they are short so I am looking to sell them in order to buy either the longer ones or some other option that I have seen suggested in this forum by some members.

Please let me know your opinions about Skyjacker Black Max and KYB Monotube shocks, and how they compare with Rancho RS5000x.

Or please suggest me any other alternative shock for this ride height.

* My use: Daily driver, but also off road on weekends. I don't do extreme rock crawling stuff, but I value both on road and off road performance/ride quality.
** I know they are not the best possible shocks, but I am looking shocks in this price range, or a little bit more expensive. I don't have the budget for custom tuned shocks etc.
All three are capable for what you do.

All three have sizes that will fit ...

What exactly do you want to know?
 

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My front shock length at ride height is around 18.75".

No bump stop extension for now, since I did not need any for Ranchos 0-2". They will be added for sure with the longer shocks.
You are pretty much where I am at ride height, so the 55239's will work well up front, but you'll need to add 1.75" of bump stop extension up front. For the rear, you can run the 55241's, but you'd get a better travel bias if you run bar pin eliminators up top. That will give you a closer 50/50ish bias, but again, you'll need bump stop extension. You can forego the bump stop extension in the rear if you have a 1.25" BL. Otherwise, you probably need the rear extension anyway for the rear track bare relocation bracket to clear the tub.
 
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All three are capable for what you do.

All three have sizes that will fit ...

What exactly do you want to know?
Mostly personal experiences, and opinions.

For example, I have seen many times in this forum that Bilstein 5100 are a stiff shock choice. I have seen that you suggest a lot Skyjacker Black Max Shocks, and that they are a bit softer than Rancho RS5000x.

I would like to know if anyone has personal experience, running both choices, or two of them in the same rig. And how they compare.

I most likely will go with the longer Ranchos, but I have some time to kill till then.