I have a 98 2.7 4X4, body lifted, with 180,000 miles on it and still running strong. The shocks are thrashed and the ride is crappy and loose. I want to replace the shocks for as cheaply as possible, but still have a decent setup for road and off road. Everyone says to run the Billy 5100. What does everyone think about either the Rancho 5000 series, the Rancho 9000 series and the ProComp shocks? The Bilsteins sound good, but I am short on cash and am considering my options. Will I have to replace my springs up front as well? I want to keep the same basic height, maybe an inch or two of lift, but I drive this rig everyday to work, so I don't need it too tall.
I am a pretty mechanically inclined guy, so I imagine I can do this myself. Is there a good link for doing a swap for a 1st gen rig?
Thanks for any input.