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Old 02-19-2010, 12:48 AM   #1
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Ordered OME lift, any suggestions?

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!

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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!!!

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A spring compressor is not needed. Just be sure to disconnect the sway bar links and the track bars on the axle end. This will let the axles drop far enough to let the springs fall right out.
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congrats!!!

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.

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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.
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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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Yeah, I didnt remove the track bars... all I did was remove the sway bar links... If I had removed the track bars I probably wouldn't have needed a spring compressor...
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Ok guys, thanks for all of the tips. Hopefully it comes tomorrow or on monday.I am very excited! Do you think I will need to get a new front track bar? If so, what brand? JKS maybe?
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Ok guys, thanks for all of the tips. Hopefully it comes tomorrow or on monday.I am very excited! Do you think I will need to get a new front track bar? If so, what brand? JKS maybe?
You don't have to but it will benefit you if you do. You can redrill the hole over 3/4 of an inch on the axle side but I personally refuse to do that to my rigs or for anyone.

I much prefer an adjustable trackbar for the front. It can help with alot of headaches. You'll be able to center your front axle with ease. The JKS adjustable front is a GREAT product.

For a good price on it call dirk at DPG offroad....

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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.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:43 AM   #11
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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?
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LJ's are probably stiffer springs since it's a longer vehicle than the TJ. Would be my thoughts anyway.
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LJ's are probably stiffer springs since it's a longer vehicle than the TJ. Would be my thoughts anyway.
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The LJ coils have a higher coil rate "stiffer" but if you plan on running rear corner armor , rear tire carrier and larger spares back there they are nice to have.
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Yeah, I have a heavy bumper and tire carrier back there and will be doing some light towing, so they should be good.
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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...
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Old 02-23-2010, 09:36 PM   #17
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Does anybody think that my idea is a good one in post #11?
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Two Sets of front springs??? and no rear springs???

Oh yeah they would be fixing that issue quick.
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called them today and are shipping out the new ones. hopefully these will be the right ones.
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who did you order your OME kit from?
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I ordered it from Northridge4x4. It was $700 with free shipping and no sales tax, so I can't complian too much.
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regarding post #11.

I'd just install it all and get it aligned. It doesn't really matter if you wait to change stabilizer or not.
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Ok, I'll just put it all on at he same time. I'm going to wait to put the track bar on until after to just see how far it's over, but I'll probably end up getting it anyways
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So I got the springs today. Just a quick question. I know there is one taller spring for the front and the back, but I can't remember which goes where? Any help?
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If the left & right springs are unequal heights, install the taller spring on the passenger side. Engine torque tends to make the passenger-side springs sag before the driver's side springs.
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According to OME, the longer one goes on the left (driver side) in the front, and on the right (passenger side) in the rear. Each of the spring sets has one thats a bit longer than the other.


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Old 03-07-2010, 06:23 PM   #27
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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
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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.
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Yeah, I put the rear track bar bracket on, but it does still stick out a little more on the opposite side. I don't really care though. Not enough to even notice unless you're looking for it.
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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.

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