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Icon5 Bilstein or Rancho?

I'm going to need tires and shocks here pretty soon but i cant decide exactly which shocks i should get. Ive narrowed it down to either rancho R5000's or Bilstein HD's (somewhat close in price); or maybe go a step nicer and get RS9000XL's or BIlstein 5100's (also close in price) if either of those are REALLY worth the extra money... I just need some good advise on what would be best for my situation. Here is what I drive and how I drive it:

the truck
- 2001 Mazda b3000 Dual Sport, 2wd regular cab, 3.0 Manual
- it will have 32x11.50 BFGoodrich TA/KO's on stock suspension and about 2 inches of
torsion crank in the front when I get new shocks

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- 50 miles a day to school and back proabaly 75% highway is most of my driving
- about 350-400 miles a week total including going to school and back 5 days
a week

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i had 5100s on my 99 4wd 4.0, they were great., swapped torsion key cranked about an inch.
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Bilstein 5100s are for lifted trucks. I like my bilstein hd shocks.
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I've had rancho R5000's & I have bilsteins 5100's now, I like the bilsteins better but didn't have any complaints about the rancho's
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njdriver what size tires did you have? eventually it will have either a 3 inch suspension lift and 33's or maybe 5 1/2 inches and 35s... but i will proabably need new shocks by then anyway.

And i cant seem to find the 5100's for my truck lifted or not... eveywhere i look says they dont fit anything after 97.

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Bilstein 5100s are for lifted trucks. I like my bilstein hd shocks.
Not true they make bilstein for stock height. Just a more heavy duty shock
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this is my 99 at the time it had 31.5 BFGs, no block or torsion key, just fab tech add-leaf from 2wd fabtech lift



my 02 2wd with full fab tech lift


both totaled, flipped the 02, drunk driver rearended the 99
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Not true they make bilstein for stock height. Just a more heavy duty shock
bilstein makes both, for lifted and non
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nice trucks! ive already got 31's on it and they look just a little small for my taste. its got the dual sport offroad package too so it can take a little bikker tires anyway. But i just want a shock that will handle 32's good. I have heard of people putting F150 shocks on... saves som emoney... has anyone heard of this?
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I have the rancho adjustables with the in cab compressor and setup, they handle my 32's and 33's fine, but I'm running them on the Jeep not the truck... I love being able to adjust on the fly and they perform great...
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Bilstein
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X2...Replaced the factory Ranchos on my 08 with Bilstein HD's and the ride is much smoother
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had yoni yellows on one of my accords, I have kyb agxs on my legacy turbo.

does koni make them for ranger? i have kyb gr2 on my little 4 banger, I am happy with them.
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