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I put in the green keys last week and ended up with a 2" height increase after some fine tuning. I love the new look, but I did lose a little ride quality (which I expected). I'm wondering if replacing the stock shocks with longer ones will help soften the ride at all. If so, which brand do you suggest?

 

Thanks for your help,

 

-Jeff

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I put in the green keys last week and ended up with a 2" height increase after some fine tuning.  I love the new look, but I did lose a little ride quality (which I expected).  I'm wondering if replacing the stock shocks with longer ones will help soften the ride at all.  If so, which brand do you suggest?

 

Thanks for your help,

 

-Jeff

 

 

 

 

My ride quality got worlds better after replacing the shocks. After talking to a Chevy "suspension specialist" at RCD out of Cali (1-619-588-4723) I learned that the stock shocks are position sensitive meaning if the ride height changes from stock, the ride quality gets really bad. There is a "sweet spot" on your factory shocks and changing the keys puts you outside of that spot. Mine rode like a pogo stick.

 

Anywho, he told me that there wasn't currently a longer shock for this application, but that bilstein was working on one because so many people cranked torsion bars on chevys. He did say that the OE replacement shock for a 2500 HD (BE5-6081H0) would make a world of difference because it was not position sensitive. It provides the same amount of shock absorbancy at any position. The difference is, since it's not any longer, and you extended it with new keys, it would top out faster and potentially damage the shock should I ever do any heavy off roading that would cause the wheel to travel too far down. I went with it and am pleased...the truck rides hella better than it did with the new keys and stock shocks.

 

Hope this helps.

 

By the way....I ordered mine from Rocky Mountain Suspension 800-521-4908. They were very helpful.

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Thanks for the info, it's exactly what I was looking for.  I'll assume that the 2500 Yukon XL would be the same as the 2500HD Chevy.

 

-Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

I'm telling you man....call RCD. They were extremely helpful when I was deciding on a shock application.

 

By the way....I'd love to see some pics of that Yukon when you're done. I was thinking the other day about what a 2500 burban would look like fixed up with H2 rims/tires like my truck.

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After installing the green keys, I purchased some of the 9000 adjustable rancho shocks and the truck rides better than it did with the stock shocks, but it still rides pretty crappy (like a "pogo stick"). I'm wondering if these bilsteins will provide a better ride. Are the bilsteins longer than stock? Because the ranchos were a direct replacement and i think part of the problem is that they're not long enough.

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After installing the green keys, I purchased some of the 9000 adjustable rancho shocks and the truck rides better than it did with the stock shocks, but it still rides pretty crappy (like a "pogo stick"). I'm wondering if these bilsteins will provide a better ride. Are the bilsteins longer than stock? Because the ranchos were a direct replacement and i think part of the problem is that they're not long enough.

 

 

 

 

They are not longer than stock...they are a direct replacement for OE size.

 

The difference, as I stated above, is that they are not position sensitive....so the extra 1-2" of extension don't affect the ride as they did with the position sensitive stock shock.

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I put in the green keys last week and ended up with a 2" height increase after some fine tuning.  I love the new look, but I did lose a little ride quality (which I expected).  I'm wondering if replacing the stock shocks with longer ones will help soften the ride at all.  If so, which brand do you suggest?

 

Thanks for your help,

 

-Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

hey jeff, did you install the green keys yourself? i want to do the same to mine just wonderd how complicated they were to install....dealer wants $380 to install a $28 part!

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In regards to the Bilstein shocks, here is some clarification on the info.

 

The BE5-6081-HO is the stock replacement shock.

The BE5-6140-HO is a longer than stock shock. It was not originally made for this application, however it works, and its longer than stock so it works with cranked front ends. Ive been told its from a 2WD Ford F250.

 

Im amazed that RCD didnt offer the 6140-T5. Same shock as the HO except its only available from RCD, and its zinc plated instead of yellow. Ive emailed someone at RCD and he said they had the 6140 in stock.

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In regards to the Bilstein shocks, you guys have the info mixed up. 

 

The 6081-HO is the stock replacement shock.

The 6140-HO is a longer than stock shock.  It was not originally made for this application, however it works, and its longer than stock so it works with cranked front ends.  Ive been told its from a 2WD Ford F250.

 

Im amazed that RCD didnt offer the 6140-T5.  Same shock as the HO except its only available from RCD, and its zinc plated instead of yellow.  Ive emailed someone at RCD and he said they had the 6140 in stock.

 

 

 

 

Right on....that's what I said in my original post....6081 is the OE replacement and isn't any longer than stock. RCD didn't mention the 6140 when I talked to them so I'm not sure about that, but i'm under the same impression you are from research in that it's from a 2wd ford (makes me wonder about load, spring rate, etc)

 

I was told (by RCD) that a shock was in the works specifically for the chevy's with torsion cranks.

 

Anywho...all I know is, they work for my truck but if you're planning on doing some offroading and need the extra wheel travel...I wouldn't go with the 6081 for this application.

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