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Discussion in 'Modified Explorations!!' started by Rick, January 30, 2003.

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  1. Ross-N-Chicago

    Ross-N-Chicago Elite Explorer<br><img src="/forums/images/stars4.

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    I would take a look at some other shocks than the stock Edelbrock IAS. I felt that they were no better than some Monroe's and pretty bouncy. When I put the Bilsteins on I knew I had the shock I want. Some maya argue with me--personal preference. The IASs just took too much road feel away. No the IASs for lowered Xs may be better but I'm not lowered. I've heard good things about Rancho and Monroe's new Reflex.
     
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  3. V8BoatBuilder

    V8BoatBuilder Transplanted Bostonian

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    Ross... thanks for the advice... the truck is riding on 4 rancho 9000xs and they are amazing
     
  4. Ray Lobato

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    I have used the Edelbrocks off-roading and they were very good at first, but after awhile they started to fade out on me going over washboard roads and such. They are a good shock if you don't do much off-roading. The Old Man Emu Nitro Chargers are a superior shock for offroading. They are built heavy duty and can withstand the abuse of off-roading without suffering from fade. I took my truck over a 30 mile stretch of washboard road, with the OME and the Edelbrocks to see what the difference was, and the OME's didn't fade on me once. It went the whole 30 miles. The Edelbrocks did not fair as well, they faded out after about 10 or so miles, and the rear end of the truck start jumping around. The Edelbrocks are a good shock, just not for serious off-roading. The Old Man Emu's are the shock for off-roading.
     
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    IAS SHOCKS

    I have the eddlebrok IAS Gas shocks on my 98 sport. They are one of the best purchases I've ever made. It has an improved ride. No bouncing when slaming on the gas or brakes, better turns. These shocks are great on rode and off. I'm putting a set on my wrangler next.


    Mark
     
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    I put the Edelbrock IAS shocks on my '98 XLT 5.0 last spring. Initially I liked them a lot, but they now feel almost as if they are already worn out. Maybe I've just gotten used to them, but my ride now feels less controlled and more bouncy to me than when I first installed them.

    Anyone else have some long-term experience with these?

    On the EE handling kit, they used blocks to lower the rear. How did they lower the front? Just adjust the torsion bars?

    BB
     
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    Seperate prices total: 4 Shocks, $70.00 each= $280, Swaybar kit= $278.00= $558.00! What makes this kit $900.00? What am I missing?
     
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    Yes and let her "settle".

    I did notice the same thing with my Edelbrock. It doesn't have the same control as before. I can't wait for warmer weather to check underneath my truck to see maybe its something else that is wrong. You know what? It's exactly 2 months from today until SPRING TIME is here. . Whooooo-hooooo!!! :D
     
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    After two years and 45k miles, I am duming my Edelbrocks, They ride like poop now. I am going with Rancho 9000s.
     
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    I thought Rancho 9000s were design for lifted trucks. Anyways, why Rancho 9000s? Anything special about them?
     
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    Their adjustability.
     
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    I've heard good things about Bilsteins, so I am seriously considering switching to them. I'm also considering some rear air shocks since I do some occasional towing.

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    The standard handling package:
    Edelbrock Shocks & Sway Bars 95-97 $559.95
    98-01 (98-03 Sport) $439.95

    X-Spec Handling Package:
    Lowering Kit.......................$ 169.95
    Suspension Bumper Kit......$ 89.95
    Sway Bar Kit 95-97............$ 289.95
    Edelbrock Shocks F & R .....$ 279.80
    Explorer X Decals...............$ 9.95
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    Total is purchased seperately $839.60

    X-Spec Suspension Kit 95-97 4-door $809.95
    X-Spec Suspension Kit 98-01 4-door $724.95
     
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    John V, how long should the Edelbrocks last?
     
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    Well, they have a lifetime warranty. So I guess they will last your lifetime. The results will vary. We sell a lot of these. We do warranty a few from time to time. There are many customers that have had them for years with no problems. I can get you a new set if you want to go that route. There are no others that ride softer on a lowered Explorer. There will always be some kind of trade off with shocks on a lowered X. We still think Edelbrock are the best.

    We would be glad to warranty those shocks for you.
     
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    Looks like he was talking about the 1980-96 F-150 with 4" lift (E) - 6307-6407?
    http://www.edelbrock.com/automotive/ias_shocks_ford.html
     

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