So I should be getting my OME lift early next week sometime. Do you guys have any suggestions for the install? I have never done one, but it doesn't seem too hard. Do I need to get a spring compressor? Also, it comes with a rear trackbar relocation bracket... should I put that on and any suggestions for doing that? Anything else I am missing? Thank you!
I just installed a OME kit on my TJ and it was very easy. I would highly recommend getting a spring compressor. One thing that made the install much easier was loosening all of the bolts on the upper and lower control arms, dont remove the control arms, just loosen for the install then re-torque when your done. I also loosened the four bolts that bolt the transfer case to the skid plate. All of this allowed things to shift and I haven't had any drive line vibes.
I would also recommend installing the track bar relocation bracket. I installed adjustable track bars when I installed my kit. Before I installed them the front axle shifted about 1.5 inches toward the drivers side and the rear axle shifted about .5 inches toward the passenger side...
Enjoy it! its allot of fun to install and the ride is excellent!!!
As AZ noted, no need for spring compressors. Disco the sway bars and tracbars. Doing just the front or rear at one time. Jack the Jeep up and set a set of jackstands under the frame just rear of the control arm mounts on the frame... Like so....
After that just lower the axle down. If you have any problems with putting the new OME coils in just jack the other side of the axle up. It will push the other side down for you you slip the spring in.
I'm running the HD ZJ OME lift springs in the front of mine. Taller than the LJ coils your putting in. And the HD LJ lift springs in the rear. You'll have no problem.
And if you want your rear axle to be re-centered then YES put the rear track bar bracket in. Just make sure to use a liberal amount of locktight on the bolt for it.
Be prepared to have sore legs for awhile. It took me 7 hours last weekend to install my OME lift. I did have to drill new holes for the track bar relocation bracket since my mounting plate didn't have the holes in it. Here's the install guide that didn't come with my suspension.
X3 on no spring compressor needed, just start unbolting things like the shocks, trackbars, etc. & the axles will droop enough to swap the springs. I would start spraying the upper shock absorber mounting bolts in the rear with Liquid Wrench, PB-Blaster, or Break Free. Don't waste your time using WD-40. Spraying the other nuts & bolts over several days before you start the installation will help too.
Jack the Jeep up with a hydraulic floor jack by the axle until you can get your 6-ton jackstands fully exended & supporting the Jeep via the frame. Then after unbolting the shocks, trackbar, etc. you can then lower the axle enough to swap the springs. If you need a little more space on one side, try lifting up on the other side.
Don't forget you need to set the toe-in & straighten the steering wheel after installing your lift. If you need instructions, let us know.
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Note* Get All medium duty coils or all HD coils. I have rear HD's and front Mediums... Front is slightly saggy and rear is bouncy now that I don't have any weight back there. I would trade someone their rear Medium coils for my HD coils... Just a note.
2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport
4.0L / 5spd
I got HD coils in the front and lj coils in the back. I'm not sure what the difference is, maybe because the lj can tow more? But anyways, jks sounds like what I'm gonna go with for the front adj. trackbar. I am also getting the OME steering stabilizer with the kit. I think I am going to wiat and not put it on until after I put the lift on and get it aligned and get the new trackbar. I feel like its just a better idea because if I do have deathwobble, I want to fix it and not just cover it up and ruin the stabilizer. Does that sound like a good idea or should I just put it on on the same time?
So I got the lift tonight, but they sent me the wrong springs... They gave the right ones for the front, but they gave me 4" springs that go in the front also. So they gave me 2 pairs of front springs, but just different sizes. I'm gonna give them a call tomorrow and maybe also order my trackbar...
So i finally finished putting it on! Only took about 8 hours. Right after I put it on, I measured and it gave me 4 inches of lift. I was a little suprised and scared because I wasn't planning on that. I took it for a little ride last night after I finished and then again this morning and now it's down to 3 inches. I guess it just needed to settle a little. Going to go get it aligned tomorrow. So my front axle is shifted a little, but not too much. Theres maybe a little less than an inch for of tire on one side. Do I NEED to get an ajdustable trackbar? It doesn't bother me, but if it's going to hurt something, then I will change it, it's just $215. thanks
No, you don't have to. I've been running that way for two years. Eventually I will get an adjustable FTB and bracket for the rear but it is not high on the priority list. You should notice the rear sticks out on one side more too - opposite the front.
I'd leave it for now then. Like I said, it's on my list but my next highest priority is an engine skid to protect the oil pan. I'm going with the Skid Row I think. Then 33s. Then the Bestop tire carrier. Then 4.10 gears and Detroit TruTracs. Then adjustable control arms. Then divorce. Then sell it.