Rancho® - RS5000X™ Driver or Passenger Side Twin-Tube Shock Absorber

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1971 Jeep CJ
Fits Following Model(s):
  • Fits All Models
  • Rancho RS5000X Series Struts Include 60PSI of Gas Pressurization
  • It’s recommended to replace shock or strut in pairs (passenger and driver side at the same time)
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Jeep CJ 1971, RS5000X™ Driver or Passenger Side Twin-Tube Shock Absorber by Rancho®. The core of this new and innovative shock from Rancho® is the unique and patented rebound valving system and an advanced compression phase of the shock absorber. This proprietary process developed by the ride engineers at Rancho will elevate the overall handling and performance of your vehicle on and off-road.


  • Rancho RS5000X Series Struts Include 60PSI of Gas Pressurization
  • It’s recommended to replace shock or strut in pairs (passenger and driver side at the same time)



Dust Shield: Yes
Cylinder: No
Extended Bumper Stop: No
Compressed Bumper Stop: No
Lower Mounting: Loop Bushing Mount - 5/8" Bushing ID X 1.5/16" Bushing OAL
Upper Mounting: Loop Bushing Mount - 5/8" Bushing ID X 1.5/16" Bushing OAL
Extended Hydraulic Lockout: No


  • Twin-Tube internal design
  • Progressive Engagement Valving
  • Tuned Compression Control Valve
  • Twin Tube Body
  • Nitro-Carburized Rod
  • Full-Displaced 35 mm Bore
  • Sintered Iron Piston
  • Rebound Bumper
  • Black, Natural Rubber Bushings
  • Low-Friction, Self-Lubricating Seal
  • Protective Boot
  • Glass-Filled, Fluon Banded Piston
  • Double-Welded Loops

The Rancho RS5000X series design includes patented progressive rebound and compression discs. At lower speeds or in the earlier stages of the shock’s travel, an eccentric disc in the valve shim stacks will engage the valving at lower frequencies, helping to control the energy of motion as the cycle of the shock increases or decreases in its action. When hitting a pothole, off-road trail obstacle or similar activity, Rancho’s Progressive Engagement Valving allows for early flow of fluid, helping to reduce harsh initial impacts and to control the flow of fluid in a progressive, gradual manner through the valving. During on- or off-road driving activities like washboarding or when travelling a rough fire road, the early flow of fluid helps to minimize a “rough” ride as the piston movement is able to glide through the initial travel motion of the shock with minimal ground impact or force. If needed, the Progressive Engagement Valving will further engage to maintain control and stability.

The Tuned Compression Control Valve is a custom-tuned, clamped disc base valve that regulates fluid transfer during the shock’s compression cycle to help absorb impacts without disc flutter and to help maintain vehicle control in virtually any environment. The precision-tuned shim stacked valving allows the motion of the shock to work in harmony with the vehicle during on- and off-road driving. The RS5000X series features a 2-1/4-inch diameter shock body. A larger shock body allows for increased fluid capacity to operate cooler and to increase vehicle control and performance at varying speeds and terrains. The RS5000X series combines a larger shock body with all-weather fluid, allowing the shock to withstand internal temperatures between -40 and 248 degrees Fahrenheit. The twin tube, gas pressurized shock has a variety of advantages including minimizing air-to-oil mixture that can cause foaming and shock fade. Gas pressurization also provides a mild boost of spring rate to the vehicle.

Every Rancho RS5000X shock piston rod is strengthened through a nitro-carburizing process. From increased scuffing resistance to additional protection against corrosion, the process enhances the shock’s overall durability. Nitro-carburizing also is more environmentally friendly than the chroming process. The RS5000X’s 35 mm bore helps to provide heightened control of shock motion due largely to the expanded piston area. Full-displaced compression valving allows the piston to displace more fluid than traditional rod displaced valving. The sintering process forms objects from powders using atomic diffusion. The powdered material is heated to just below its melting point, fusing all of the particles together to create the piston. This process brings increased structural conformity to each Rancho RS5000X piston. Each RS5000X series shock has a high-strength, polyurethane bumper that helps control the rebound motion during harsh driving conditions. The rebound bumper greatly reduces wear and tear during on- and off-road driving. When your shock rebounds from an obstacle at an excessive rate, the polyurethane bumper dampens the piston rod cycle at its peak point of travel.

The bushings used on the Rancho RS5000X series shocks provide additional ride harshness absorption and reduce transmitted road noise and suspension vibration to result in a smoother ride and longer life for shocks and related suspension components. The low-friction, self-lubricating seal included in the RS5000X shock retains gas and oil to help prolong performance and allow for quicker rebound and smoother compression during the shock cycle. This seals provides an extra layer of defense against dirt and debris. Each Rancho RS5000X series shock includes a red polyvinyl accordion protection boot, adding protection to the shock rod and oil seal during on- and off-road driving. The RS5000X composite piston band provides smoother piston travel and greater responsiveness to changing road conditions. Each glass-filled band offers incredibly smooth operation within the shock absorber cylinder due to Fluon, a slippery glass and plastic material. Rancho engineers place extra emphasis on welded construction at stress areas – like mounting points – of the RS5000X shock. Each shock includes double-welded loops for added strength and durability.

Rancho® – a popular brand of suspension, shocks and more worldwide – was born in the 1950s in Long Beach, Calif., as Rancho Jeep Supply, and quickly grew into a thriving off-road and performance suspension components manufacturer. In 1985, Rancho launched what would later become its best-selling shock absorbers. In 1990, Rancho was purchased by Tenneco Inc. and quickly expanded to include the world's first five-way adjustable shock absorber, allowing off-road enthusiasts to adjust the level of compression/rebound damping to suit their riding style, and launched the first "intelligent" shock.

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LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY (limited to qualifying Rancho® products only)*

Tenneco warrants qualifying Rancho® products against defects in materials or workmanship (except finish) when used under normal operating conditions for as long as the products are installed on, and the original purchaser owns, the original vehicle on which they were installed.


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  • Rancho® Light Truck Suspension Components


Rancho® RockGear™ products carry a 1-Year Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship (except finish).


Rancho® RS9000XL™ extended length and coil-over shock absorbers carry a 90-Day Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship (except finish).

*Tenneco’s obligation under the Limited Lifetime Warranty, 1-Year Limited Warranty and 90-Day Limited Warranty is limited to replacement of the defective or worn-out product (except finish) with the same (or substantially comparable) product in accordance with this warranty. Cost of removal and installation are not included, and any incidental and consequential damages are excluded under this warranty, regardless of when the failure occurs. The warranties have no cash value and are valid only in North America and Canada. The warranties do not apply to products which have been modified, improperly applied or installed on vehicles used for commercial or racing purposes. Further, these warranties are limited to use on privately owned passenger cars or light trucks. The warranties do not apply to extended length shock absorbers or products not specifically listed for applied vehicle. The warranties do not apply to normal wear components, including, but not limited to, suspension bushings, tie rod ends, ball joints or spherical rod ends.

To make a claim under this warranty, return the worn-out or defective product with the dated original receipt to the dealer or retailer from whom it was purchased or to a Tenneco dealer for verification and exchange under this warranty.

All other warranties not specifically set forth herein, express or implied, are hereby expressly disclaimed to the extent permissible by applicable law. The applicable warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state. Any implied warranties you may have under state law that may not be disclaimed are limited to the same duration as the applicable warranty set forth herein. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations and exclusion may not apply to you.

Tenneco will contact warranty-serviced consumers to conduct customer satisfaction surveys relating to product and warranty service. Survey activity will provide valuable feedback and help measure the level of consumer satisfaction in different markets.

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