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Old 03-26-2011, 04:29 PM   #1
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CJ7 Old Man Emu Suspension Install

Well after years of running a 4" Rough Country Lift it was time for a change. I chose OME because of the improvement to ride and flex. They are not cheap by any means. I spent around $1400 for this setup.

So here is what we are installing:

- OME 2.5" Leaf Suspension System
- OME Shocks
- OME greasable shackles
- 4WD hardware conversion kit
- Warrior U-bolt Skid Plates

First Steps:

Removed old suspension. Removed driveshaft, shocks, brakelines, vent tube, leafs and rearend. I have a new rearend that has 4.10 gears and locker that replaced the current. We also removed the rear spring hangers. I replaced them with heavy duty ones from 4wd.
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Step 2:

Get rearend ready to mount springs. As some know I wondered what locker? my rearend had in it. I am happy to find out it is a lunch box and not a mini-spool. Brand still unknown but that is just fine.
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Step 3:
Get leafs attached to rearend. Josh and I are both very happy about the way the u-bolt skid plates look. We did have to cut down the u-bolts so they would fit and not stick out. Note: Bushings are not fun to put in.
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Step 4 - Install new rear hangers. We went to Lowes and got new hardware since the original stuff was wore out.
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Step 5 - ? - Installed leaf springs and rearend under jeep.

I do not have all the stuff to do the front axle yet. Total time from start to finish was 5.5 hours. That does not include shocks, brakes, etc.

I think the OME shackle looks and works awesome. It appears it adds around 1" of lift. The jeep sits only slighter lower than it did.
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Complete 4" Suspension Lift w/ shocks and shackles to be for sale soon!
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You need to get the brakes on this week. Also, spray down the body mount nuts on the passenger side when you get a chance. I didn't do those. Not that I think It'll do any good. The front axle is going to be worse, but we will achieve.
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You need to get the brakes on this week. Also, spray down the body mount nuts on the passenger side when you get a chance. I didn't do those. Not that I think It'll do any good. The front axle is going to be worse, but we will achieve.
I'll work on the body work and the brakes some tomorrow. I hope the axles parts come in by wed.
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I'll work on the body work and the brakes some tomorrow. I hope the axles parts come in by wed.
When we doing the front?
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Got more work done today.

- Installed rear brake line (happy I did not break anything)

- Installed new brake hardware on drivers side. (Waiting on parking brake parts on pass. side)

- Painted front axle and rear drums.

- Put axles back in front axle. However I got the wrong parts. Even worse they don't make what I need anymore. It only is a dust cover but not sure what I am going to do on the side that is messed up.
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What part do you need? Dust cover? Get pics and I might have a few guys I run with that have that part. I have a buddy that has alot of vintage stuff...
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Here is a pic of what I messed up.
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Looks like you guys are having a good time wrenching.


Can't wait to see it crawling.
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More Progress Made Today.

First off we finished rebuilding the dana 30....hopefully it will stay together.

Then we got the old axle out from under the cj. Had to remove steering, shocks, d-shaft and brake lines.
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Since the u-bolt skid plates for a cj not a yj we couldn't do much more.

We started work on the removing the factory spring hangers since the yj springs are longer and need to be moved forward which requires some work. However the drivers sid will be a bear since we welded all that stuff together to hold the steering box in place.....gonna pay now.

Last pic are of some pretty yellow shocks. More updates as parts come in!
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That axle is looking good.
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Who put their greasy hands all over those new shocks?
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Who put their greasy hands all over those new shocks?

I think they are a hand model if I recall......
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I'll give you a hint. It was probably the guy who used WD-40 to lubricate the bushings when he put them in the shocks.
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I'll give you a hint. It was probably the guy who used WD-40 to lubricate the bushings when he put them in the shocks.

May I submit this photo as evidence?

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More work completed today.

Let me tell you Josh and I were thrilled at how things went today. We have been dreading installing the body lift since I realized I needed it. We were unable to get most of the bolts to loosen that held the mounts in place. The nuts inside the body had rusted away and started spinning in most cases when we tried to loosen. But after soaking with PB blaster we were able to get 5 of the 13 freed up. The rest were cut and nuts fed into the backside. In one case I had to cut a hole in the floor but it worked out pretty nicely in the end.
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I installed the body lift to increase my ground clearance by raising my skid plate. There was no room to do so without the body lift and I wanted to remove the 1 1/2" spacers that were put in when the lift was installed.

So this is Nick's Tummy Tuck on his Cj.....well kinda


I have NO doubt I could clear 35" tires...probably 36" tires with no rubbing now.
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I just saw this Nick. Hahahaha Good one!
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To clarify what Dempsey is saying about the skid, the T-case drop was installed to clear the Dana 300 transfer case which is apparently much larger than whatever was in there from the factory. So the BL was to create clearance to ditch the t-case drop.
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To clarify what Dempsey is saying about the skid, the T-case drop was installed to clear the Dana 300 transfer case which is apparently much larger than whatever was in there from the factory. So the BL was to create clearance to ditch the t-case drop.
yep...thanks I forgot to include that.

My skid plate is for a dana 20 t-case not a dana 300. I could buy the correct skid '80 or so up cj but I hadn't done it.

After raising the skid up with the body lift eveything is pretty well right where it was. Very Happy with results!

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