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Old 12-06-2006, 08:56 AM   #1
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Question Question about OME Shocks

I was just wondering what the difference is between the light duty and the heavy duty OME lift kits. I am guessing that the light duty is a softer set and will ride better and the heavy duty would be much stiffer and a rougher ride. It mainly threw me off because everything that says heavy duty is always higher and in this case they are the same price. Just wondering, I'm sure someone out there has a good answer for me! Thanks

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Old 12-06-2006, 09:54 AM   #2
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OME actually is rated to either carry more weight on the Jeep (winches, tire carriers, hardtop, etc.) or not. The heavy duty springs are less likely to sag under the weight of the aftermarket weight that you add to your Jeep than the light duty. At least that's what they meant when I was looking into it!

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Old 12-06-2006, 11:45 AM   #3
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So why would anyone not go ahead and get the heavy duty setup for the same price as the light duty??
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Some people don't need the heavy shocks. If you're not running heavy bumpers, skid plates and a bucnch of aftermarket accessories it may not be neccessary.
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If you're planning on adding weight, would it be better to go ahead and invest in them anyway?
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:57 PM   #6
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If you're planning on adding weight, would it be better to go ahead and invest in them anyway?

i wouldn't see why not. that way when you DO add weight your not already sagging.
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Old 12-06-2006, 03:16 PM   #7
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Wouldn't the ride be a little rougher with heavier duty shocks? Not that any of us care. It's supposed to ride like a Jeep.
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Wouldn't the ride be a little rougher with heavier duty shocks? Not that any of us care. It's supposed to ride like a Jeep.
All OME shocks are valved the same. They have the regular travel and long travel shocks. Only the springs have different rates to allow for the extra weight in a vehicle. The TJ OME HD springs are made for those running a tire carrier and larger spare with some armor in the rear. If you aren't running tons of weight I would go with the Medium Duty springs. The OME light duty coils are extremly crappy IMO and not worth putting on any jeep.
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thanks everybody for your comments, i was just trying to figure some of this stuff out!!
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:19 PM   #10
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Well, there are actually some differences in shock valving among the OME shocks.
For TJ's, they have the standard OME shocks, (N66 & N67) and then there is a N66C which is a "comfort" valved shock. I believe those are only available for the front. They are valved softer than the standard shocks. We don't recommend them much.
Thusly, there isn't a regular and a HD shock from OME.
I'd prefer to think of them as "standard" and "mushy".
Dookie is right- the long travels and the standard shocks only come in one valving- However- we have used other OME shock applications on XJ's and TJ's. There can be some interesting options there. OME shocks are certainly valved differently from vehicle to vehicle, and also from leaf springs to coil springs. We won't go into all that here though.

Dook's been rolling in the big league's too long now and forgotten about some OME particulars.

The front light and medium coils are one in the same. (#932)
The rear light coils are a #941, while the medium and HD rear coils are also both covered by the #942.
Most dealers will either sell the light/medium or HD coils in a kit. The problem is, some jeeps might need the light coils in back & HD in front, or vice versa. (depending on front to rear weight distribution- such as winch, bumpers, tire carrier, toolbox, etc, etc) I think every OME kit should be set up according to the weight, distribution and ride quality requirements for that particular application- not just the light or HD "package".
There are also other non-TJ OME coils that will work even better than a TJ specific coil will on certain applications.
The legendary OME ride was earned with their lighter coils. I would run them on a totally stock TJ with a soft top and no extra added weight.
The HD TJ coils are great for moderately equipped rigs, which is where most people are. They are needed for giving that great ride and handling when some extra weight has been added.
We can go firmer from there with other OME coils. While most OME dealers will choose from 4 different OME coils for wranglers, I like to pull from about 10...

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