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08-23-2012 11:34 AM
JustinCHorst
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Originally Posted by Derp View Post
At 2" though 9 out of 10 times it barely moves. You perfectionists just have to get the stupid bracket lol.

mine moved a lot, wish it didnt but it did
08-23-2012 10:52 AM
Derp At 2" though 9 out of 10 times it barely moves. You perfectionists just have to get the stupid bracket lol.
08-23-2012 10:10 AM
Muddeprived It's what I did with my first TJ but it seems nowadays that there's alot of issues with the OME bracket. I didn't have any problems with it in 4 years of heavy abuse though.
08-23-2012 09:50 AM
JustinCHorst
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Originally Posted by jeepinmike View Post
Don't forget that your axles will shift when you lift it. The rear more than the front usually. This could cause issues with tire clearance/rubbing. You will also need to adjust toe then center your steering wheel.

Amazon has a good price on the OME rear trackbar bracket....you might want it.

You are correct....I installed a 2 inch BB and wasnt comfortable with the clearance so I picked up and OME track bracket for $21.00...still have to install it but I think its a purchase that should be done for anyone looking to do a small lift.
08-23-2012 08:58 AM
jeepinmike
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Originally Posted by Derp View Post
Their is no other hardware. You can reuse your shock bolts. The only thing you may need to address is bumpstops and that's easy!
Don't forget that your axles will shift when you lift it. The rear more than the front usually. This could cause issues with tire clearance/rubbing. You will also need to adjust toe then center your steering wheel.

Amazon has a good price on the OME rear trackbar bracket....you might want it.
08-22-2012 09:58 PM
Muddeprived Just break it off. Pull as hard as you can. They should snap.

I used an impact on my nuts (ouch) and it took em off in seconds.

There is a special tool that holds the end of the shock shaft while you turn it. I've used a very small socket on it in the past and it held the shaft still while I used a closed-end racheting wrench on the nut.
08-22-2012 09:56 PM
dabolt55 After reading these postings, got a question. Mine is stock now, if I go with bilstein 5100, does this mean if I get a 2" lift later that I could still use these shocks??
08-22-2012 09:04 PM
Mom sold the Jeepster
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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ

Got a dremel? Sawzall? This is the old shock right?
It's probably the original shock, don't have sawzall and can't get a rotary tool to it , thinking about drilling through the nut/post a couple times and tapping it off with a hammer
08-22-2012 09:00 PM
BLK00TJ
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Originally Posted by Mom sold the Jeepster
What do you do when the front shock top mounting bolt won't turn - the end just spins in the vise grips...its been royally PB Blasted.
Got a dremel? Sawzall? This is the old shock right?
08-22-2012 08:37 PM
Mom sold the Jeepster What do you do when the front shock top mounting bolt won't turn - the end just spins in the vise grips...its been royally PB Blasted.
08-21-2012 10:43 PM
autopc25
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Originally Posted by Muddeprived View Post
No, they are great on the highway, just softer than the HD's IMO. I dunno how to compare it with stock cuz my stock shocks were shot. They would not extend when compressed and were leaking.

I've tried the following shocks over the years:

Rancho
Skyjacker
Doetech
Old Man Emu
RC 2.2's
Rusty's
Zone
Bilstein 5100
Bilstein HD
Fabtech

and a few others over 10 years ago that I can't remember.

Bilstein's rank as the best I've tried to date. The OME's were a really nice shock too but I feel the valving on the Bilsteins and how they perform at higher speeds puts them in 1st.


After waiting 3+ weeks I got my 5100's today. Installing them with +1"H&R springs tomorrow. Can't wait to see how they ride!

Which Rancho did you try? How were they?

Thanks for the input!
08-21-2012 06:09 AM
Muddeprived
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Originally Posted by autopc25 View Post
Would you say the 5100 is too soft on the highway? How is the firmness compared with stock?
No, they are great on the highway, just softer than the HD's IMO. I dunno how to compare it with stock cuz my stock shocks were shot. They would not extend when compressed and were leaking.

I've tried the following shocks over the years:

Rancho
Skyjacker
Doetech
Old Man Emu
RC 2.2's
Rusty's
Zone
Bilstein 5100
Bilstein HD
Fabtech

and a few others over 10 years ago that I can't remember.

Bilstein's rank as the best I've tried to date. The OME's were a really nice shock too but I feel the valving on the Bilsteins and how they perform at higher speeds puts them in 1st.
08-21-2012 01:00 AM
BLK00TJ I love my Ranchos. I adjust them differently when offroad as opposed to on road. When driving on road I set them to 4-5 in front and 3-4 in rear. Offroad I dial them all the way up to 9 on all corners. Rougher ride but I come off of rocks much better without bottoming out as much.
08-21-2012 12:06 AM
Derp
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Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife

Thats why I like the Rancho 9000's. Set them soft around town and firmer on highway
I might be getting a set of those free off a friend who wrecked his tj. I'll have to try them out.
08-20-2012 10:04 PM
jeepwayoflife
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Originally Posted by autopc25

Would you say the 5100 is too soft on the highway? How is the firmness compared with stock?
Thats why I like the Rancho 9000's. Set them soft around town and firmer on highway
08-20-2012 10:03 PM
autopc25
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Originally Posted by Muddeprived View Post
The color? LOL

Well my XJ is lifted 4.5" on long arms and has rear leaf springs so it's a bit different than my stock TJ with coils front and rear. But for the ride quality, the 5100's are smooth at all speeds and a tad bit on the soft side (perfect for my firm springs). The HD's are a slightly firm during the slow goings but are outstanding at 35+ mph. I barely can notice cracks or bumps in the road when cruising at the higher speeds.

I have zero complaints with either shock.
Would you say the 5100 is too soft on the highway? How is the firmness compared with stock?
08-20-2012 07:04 AM
orange05tj
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Originally Posted by Muddeprived

People still use aol? Wow...that's the first aol email address I've seen in quite a few years.
Lol, I thought the same thing
08-20-2012 06:29 AM
Gary2
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Originally Posted by Derp View Post
Maybe you're just challenged or have a "deficiency of intelligence".
Do you have any idea what the lower AEV shock mounts are ? If you did you would undestand why the shocks could not be turned around ....ease up on the crack some ,ya may not be as smart as you think you are.
08-20-2012 06:08 AM
Muddeprived
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Originally Posted by Derp View Post
Sure, contact kolak@AOL.con
People still use aol? Wow...that's the first aol email address I've seen in quite a few years.
08-20-2012 06:07 AM
Muddeprived
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Originally Posted by autopc25 View Post
What would you say the biggest difference is between the the Yellow HD and 5100?
The color? LOL

Well my XJ is lifted 4.5" on long arms and has rear leaf springs so it's a bit different than my stock TJ with coils front and rear. But for the ride quality, the 5100's are smooth at all speeds and a tad bit on the soft side (perfect for my firm springs). The HD's are a slightly firm during the slow goings but are outstanding at 35+ mph. I barely can notice cracks or bumps in the road when cruising at the higher speeds.

I have zero complaints with either shock.
08-19-2012 10:53 PM
autopc25
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Originally Posted by Muddeprived View Post
This.

I stuck em on my 99 TJ with 81k miles. They are an amazing shock. The faster you go, the better they work. Top notch. I run their 5100's on my XJ too.
What would you say the biggest difference is between the the Yellow HD and 5100?
08-19-2012 10:18 PM
Derp
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Originally Posted by thejeepdangler
Ok thanks
Sure, contact kolak@AOL.con
08-19-2012 10:14 PM
thejeepdangler Ok thanks
08-19-2012 10:12 PM
Derp
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Originally Posted by thejeepdangler
Aren't the 5100's for a 0"-2" lift.?
They're for any height. It all depends on what length shock you buy.
08-19-2012 10:09 PM
thejeepdangler Aren't the 5100's for a 0"-2" lift.?
08-19-2012 09:39 PM
thejeepdangler Thanks guys I appreciate it
08-19-2012 09:24 PM
Derp
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Originally Posted by thejeepdangler
Ok so I understand that, I'm just torn between HD and 5100 I drive highway loads?
5100's definitely
08-19-2012 09:23 PM
thejeepdangler Ok so I understand that, I'm just torn between HD and 5100 I drive highway loads?
08-19-2012 09:18 PM
thejeepdangler Really all the other things are fine? That's great so just bmpstops ok sounds good thanks
08-19-2012 09:16 PM
Derp
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Originally Posted by thejeepdangler

What about all the little like washers nuts bolts.and other.hardware?
Their is no other hardware. You can reuse your shock bolts. The only thing you may need to address is bumpstops and that's easy!
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