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Old 07-02-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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Old Man Emu 2.5" lift kit Heavy vs. Light Load

Looking at the OME 2.5" kit for my 2002 TJ soft top. Right now I don't have a winch or an aftermarket bumper or any other accessories but may add a bumper and winch in the next couple of months. I also plan to add a 1" body lift. This is my daily driver so ride quality is very important.

Should I be considering the heavy load package or the light load package?

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Old 07-02-2013, 10:22 PM   #2
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DPG offroad is really the man to ask. I believe his name is Dirk and he's the expert when it comes to OME kits. I'm thinking about ordering one myself and I'll be calling him in the next few days to pick his brain. He'll put together a kit that suits your exact needs and will do it at a competitive price. Do a search on here for him and you'll come up with numerous positive reviews.

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Old 07-02-2013, 10:27 PM   #3
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Is this a 4.0L or 2.5L motor setup? If its the 4.0L you want the 2933's in front and the 2941's out back. If its the 2.5L with or without a winch you will want the 2932's up front(still 2941's out back)for best ride quality.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:42 AM   #4
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From my own personal experience I'm liking the ride and handling on the light load springs. My jeep is fairly light compared to others though. Frameless softop, no spare or spare carrier, no flares, mce flat fenders, no backseat. Although I have added some weight with the front cage and rear bumper.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:28 AM   #5
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If you plan on adding a front bumper, a winch and you have a 4.0, then the HD springs is right for your setup. Although you may be able to go with the LD springs for the rear if you are not plan on adding a heavy bumper ,tire carrier, or hardtop.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:48 AM   #6
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I'd definitely go with HD's up front if you're adding a winch and bumper. And in the rear, if you plan on getting a tire carrier (if you're going with 33's it is highly recommended in my opinion) and if you ever carry camping gear, tools, or even yard supplies from the store back to your house I'd get the HD's in the rear as well. Then later on if you add armor or start carrying more gear, you can always upgrade to the LJ rear springs.

And x2 on calling Dirk, he helped me decide what springs to get and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. I ended up with the regular springs up front and the heavy duty's in the rear. (can't remember part numbers right now). And I've got the 2.5L, custom front bumper, no winch, dirtworx tire carrier, full size spare, and factory style soft top. Perfect rake when it's unloaded. When loaded down with people, gear, tools, or whatever else, it sits nice and level. And the ride is very good. I opted for the nitro shocks so a little stiffer than the regular ones but like it because the tires always feel firmly planted to the ground.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:55 PM   #7
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I have the heavy and before I went to an aftermarket bumper it was really stiff up front. Since adding aftermarket bumpers and tire carrier the ride is terrific. I get a nice ride on the road and plenty of flex when I'm not on it.

I too bought my parts from Dirk. He knows his stuff and he'll ask you about what you plan to have on your Jeep (bumpers, winch, etc.)
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Does ome make a 2.5 kit or is it something you have to put together?
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:20 PM   #9
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From my own personal experience I'm liking the ride and handling on the light load springs. My jeep is fairly light compared to others though. Frameless softop, no spare or spare carrier, no flares, mce flat fenders, no backseat. Although I have added some weight with the front cage and rear bumper.
Gotta remember with OME springs is that the only difference between the light and heavy springs (2932, 2933) is the height/amount of coil windings. Both use the stiffest factory spring rate at 140lbs.

This being said, the HD/2933 springs on my LJ with bumper,winch, heavier fenders, engine skid, various other add ons still gave me 2+ full inches up front.

So even the stock "light duty" OME spring is designed to carry up to about 80-90lbs of extra weight over stock from say a winch and an upgraded bumper.

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