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Rancho RS9000 XL Shock Review

Rancho RS9000 XL Shock Review

Rancho RS9000 XL
Rancho RS9000 XL


The RS9000XL are a massive new shock series that meet all the demands of recreational enthusiast and are perfect for hauling or towing heavy trailers, boats, UTV’s or campers. Rancho’s RS9000XL shock absorbers feature 9 position adjustable damping with a 2.75-in. diameter body, delivering greater oil capacity (up to 48-percent more). A massive shock body allows the RS9000XL to run more consistent & cooler even under the most demanding towing conditions, enhancing performance and durability, and is constructed with a larger than typical 18-mm diameter chromed piston rod.

Finished in new Liquid Metallic Silver, Rancho RS9000XL shock absorbers are fully compatible with the new SEMA-award winning MyRIDE™ Wireless Tuning System. The MyRide Tuning System includes the first-ever MyRide Wireless Controller that allows for wireless, remote tuning of RS9000XL series shock absorbers. The Wireless Controller includes a variety of one-touch presets, including Highway, Sport, Tow/Haul, Off-Road, and a driver-determined MyRide, which allows the owner to set his own preferred ride setting and save it for future use.  Ideal for larger wheel and tire combinations, the new Rancho RS9000XL shock absorbers are available for lifted, lowered, stock and custom off-road applications.

The new RS9000XL shock absorbers are backed by the Rancho® “Ride Guarantee,” a 90-day free-ride offer that lets enthusiasts try RS9000XL shock absorbers for 90 days. Consumers can return their shocks within 90 days for a full refund of the product’s purchase price. The new RS9000XL shock absorbers are also backed by Rancho’s limited lifetime warranty.

Rancho RS9000 XL Shock - Ford F250 Superduty
You can see the difference in size between the factory Rancho 5000 shock and the Rancho RS9000 XL shock.

Rancho RS9000 XL adjustable shock
The RS9000XL is a damping shock absorber which features a 9-position dial that allows you to customize your ride.


Our test vehicle was a 2005 Ford F250 Superduty 4×4 Crew Cab Diesel.  The truck has 60,000 miles on it and has done its’ fair share of towing – flat bed trailer, 24′ enclosed trailer and a 22′ Weekend Warrior. The shocks I ordered were part # RS999254 and RS999042.

Ford Superduty Shocks UTV Truck Rack

We drive our 2005 Ford F250 in all different configurations.  Empty or loaded, the RS9000XL can adjust for every scenario.

Factory rubber shock bushings
The factory rubber front shock bushings where pretty worn out and malformed.  It was definitely time to swap them out.

RS 9000 XL Shocks
One of the new rear RS9000 XL shocks all mounted up

Rancho RS 9000 XL Shock
One of the new front RS9000 XL shocks all mounted up

The installation took about an hour and was real straight forward.  Basic tools were needed (all metric on my Ford Superduty).


Very happy with the Rancho RS9000 XL shocks.  The ride is smoother when empty, but can be adjusted to firmer settings when towing or loaded.

One thing I really liked is how it handles curves when there are bumps.  Before the whole truck would skip and it could be a bit dangerous.  Now the trucks tires stick to the ground.

Contact Info:

Rancho Suspension

Website:  www.GoRancho.com

To learn more about the new Rancho suspension systems, shock absorbers or any other Rancho products, please contact your Rancho retailer, visitwww.GoRancho.com or write to: Rancho Suspension, 6925 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805. To locate your nearest Rancho authorized dealer, please use the “Dealer Locator” atwww.GoRancho.com to generate a list of online and local retailer stores in your selected region.

Tenneco is a $6.2 billion manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 21,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of emission control and ride control products and systems for the automotive original equipment market and the aftermarket. Tenneco markets its products principally under the Monroe®, Walker®, Gillet™ and Clevite® Elastomer brand names.

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