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Old 11-12-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
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New OME 2" Lift is on. Rear a little high ???

2004 LJ Unlimited. -- The complete OME suspension lift is on for a couple days now. Rides great. The front and rear springs were the "mediums". ----- But I have a soft top. So without the extra weight of the hard top, the rear is a touch high. Are there any easy fixes that will bring the rear down an inch?

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Add spacers on top of the front springs.

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is it still high with the rear seat, spare tire and full tank of gas?
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is it still high with the rear seat, spare tire and full tank of gas?
Yes it is with everything. About 1 inch or a touch more.

Also the wife and I just noticed in the garage, looking down each side FROM the front back, that the passenger side rear wheel is about 1 inch outside the fender edge while the driver side is even with the fender edge. Why? They used to be even. --- Stock wheels with 31X11.50X15.
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Yes it is with everything. About 1 inch or a touch more.

Also the wife and I just noticed in the garage, looking down each side FROM the front back, that the passenger side rear wheel is about 1 inch outside the fender edge while the driver side is even with the fender edge. Why? They used to be even. --- Stock wheels with 31X11.50X15.
Did you adjust your track bars like you were supposed to?
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Yes it is with everything. About 1 inch or a touch more.

Also the wife and I just noticed in the garage, looking down each side FROM the front back, that the passenger side rear wheel is about 1 inch outside the fender edge while the driver side is even with the fender edge. Why? They used to be even. --- Stock wheels with 31X11.50X15.
Your track bar needs to be adjustable or a new hole drilled. When you lift. Jeep you mess with the steering geometry and cause the track bar to gift your axle to te pass side
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If they're like my 4" OME's, the rear springs don't have that TJ bend to them. That may be why the rear is sitting higher. I personally like it, I thought my old Superlift (and most lifted TJ's) look like they are leaning to the rear. It will settle a little over time, but OME's take pride in not settling as much as other springs. You will likely need an adjustable rear track bar to center the axle. Can you post some pics? If it's drastic there may be something else going on. Pics of rear springs, rear end, etc?
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not sure about your situation- (tire misaligned left to right) I noticed the same as far as "level ride" and also a little "droop" to the right front on my '04 sport after OME lift. (This is the reason I have pros do things like this on my daily driver.)

As I had talked to the shop about the un-level issue to start with --before lift was even installed. They put in the appropriate size spacers left and right front to level my Jeep out. and to solve the droop issue. I was not charged any more money---and I did not have to "redo" anything--'cept drive it back to the shop.

Over all very happy with the lift from OME and the shop here in Fort Wayne that put it on.
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not sure about your situation- (tire misaligned left to right) I noticed the same as far as "level ride" and also a little "droop" to the right front on my '04 sport after OME lift. (This is the reason I have pros do things like this on my daily driver.)

As I had talked to the shop about the un-level issue to start with --before lift was even installed. They put in the appropriate size spacers left and right front to level my Jeep out. and to solve the droop issue. I was not charged any more money---and I did not have to "redo" anything--'cept drive it back to the shop.

Over all very happy with the lift from OME and the shop here in Fort Wayne that put it on.
I think that the OME 2.5" coils have a designated side for the front springs. One side is rated heavier than the other...
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Did you adjust your track bars like you were supposed to?
The instal was done at my local Jeep shop so I will talk to them on Monday.
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I think that the OME 2.5" coils have a designated side for the front springs. One side is rated heavier than the other...
That is true, IDK maybe they got them mixed. bottom line they fixed it.--I guess it is one of those points where I was saying since this is my DD I prefer to let a shop do most repairs and Mods (that would take me a weekend) so that if it is not right I don't end up tearing it down twice.

I am mechanically inclined enough to do most of the work my Jeep has needed---but I am not inclined to waste seat time for wrench time.
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I've got a good amount of experience with OME, and I'm very satisfied with the lift. I'm running 934 front springs and 949 rear springs, which is what you should have ordered for your LJ.

OME springs are side specific. make sure you've got the taller front spring on the drivers side. each spring should have been marked A or B. In front, A goes in the drivers side. in the rear, A goes in the passenger side rear. This combats twisting due to engine torque.

if you've only had the springs on a couple days, you need to wait at least 2000 miles for the springs to settle. mine took around that long to settle completely.

with OME springs & shocks, keep in mind you need at least 1.3" rear bumpstop extensions in the rear, the OME included 0.8" is NOT enough. also, without a 1.25" BL, if you do not have those 1.3" bumpstop extensions, the rear track bar relocation bracket will hit the underside of the tub. aftermarket rear track bars can also cause issues. here's a write up about all that.

now, the reason the front axle is off-center is due to the track bar. DO NOT BUY AN ADJUSTABLE FRONT TRACK BAR. The new front track bar WILL hit the diff cover, there is no aftermarket front track bar that fits with less than 2" of bumpstop extensions in front. Here's a write up documenting track bar vs diff cover issues on 0-3.5" of lift. Keep the stock front track bar, wait for the suspension to settle, and then drill a new hole for the axle side if it's even noticable. I doubt it will be very noticable by the time those medium duty springs settle on the heavier front end of the LJ.

now, that brings me to the next point - you said the front is too low. thats because you bought the wrong springs for the LJ. the LJ is heavier in the front and needs at least the heavy duty 933 springs, assuming you have zero extra weight on the front end. You should have bought 933 or 934 springs. The 934's are OME's ZJ V8 lift springs and compensate for the inherently front end of the LJ. To level out the front end, I'd suggest buying the 933 or 934 springs, depending how much weight you intend to put on the front end....for example, aftermarket bumpers or a winch, get the 934s. Here's a write up on choosing a spring rate for your Jeep.

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