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Old 04-05-2019, 12:37 AM
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So I know there's several people on here waiting for my feedback in regards to switching my rough country suspension to old man emu. Ive been informed by ups that my seller just now shipped my kit and will be arriving about 7 days later than anticipated. (I will be leaving my negative feedback on this particular seller)

So to start this off i bought my jeep with 223k on it and original springs. I never really noticed the ride quality as I used to daily a 4x4 lifted toyota pickup. My jeep is also my daily driver- 1993 4.0 5spd soft top with full doors.

After installing a full 4" rough country suspension lift I did notice immediately that it rode very harshly. I also removed the track and sway bar which greatly improved the ride. Although this helped, I must say that I would never take my jeep on a roadtrip, it is just too rough of a ride. I did swap out my rc nitro shocks for skyjacker hydros which softened it up a bit but not much. This led to me think that the springs are just too stiff to work with.

Shackles are OEM and torqued at 45lbs. I also swapped my mud terrains for all terrains which softened the ride just a tiny bit more.

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Old 04-05-2019, 02:33 PM   #2
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Most people will tell you that there is no comparison. Personally, I'm saving up for OME. It will never ride like a Cadillac but maybe it will ride like an Oldsmobile.
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What I'd like to see is a video of your face the first time you drive it... I'd imagine it'll be a lot like the first time I rode a 200 horsepower street bike... I was grinning so hard that my face cramped up to the point that I had to pull over!

I think you're going to be really happy
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Ok guys and gals. So today I received my leaf springs and only 2 sets of bushings. In high anticipation I decided to install the rear springs. First things first is the kit...I am very very disappointed with it. They include 6 half bushings and only 1 sleeve. This means that you need to order 4 sleeves on top of 4 bushing kits. You end up 2 extra half bushings for some strange reason when you finish 1 leaf spring install... why? I have no freaking clue. So I had to run to the local Ace to buy sleeves. An extra $35. The springs also have no indicator of installation direction, the obvious answer is the bigger eye outlet goes to the frame so that was a set back.

Now after the rear install. My first impressions, obviously a lower center of gravity means less tilt and body roll. I am now 1.5" shorter than the previous rc lift.

The big question here.... ride quality. I can only answer this with some credibility since I only have the rear installed... the ride has vastly improved. There is much less bounce on my typical route, still a little on the stiff side but much much more improved. You can actually push down on the rear part of my jeep and notice it flexes its suspension where as the front of the jeep definitely fights the downward force. I cannot wait to install the front springs. Attached is a picture of my jeep as it sits waiting to do the front springs.
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Looks fantastic! I love the color
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Old 04-07-2019, 12:12 PM   #6
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After reading several reviews concerning RC/OME there's a reason I'm saving for OME. Can't wait for your update when you install the fronts.


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Ok guys and gals. So today I received my leaf springs and only 2 sets of bushings. In high anticipation I decided to install the rear springs. First things first is the kit...I am very very disappointed with it. They include 6 half bushings and only 1 sleeve. This means that you need to order 4 sleeves on top of 4 bushing kits. You end up 2 extra half bushings for some strange reason when you finish 1 leaf spring install... why? I have no freaking clue. So I had to run to the local Ace to buy sleeves. An extra $35. The springs also have no indicator of installation direction, the obvious answer is the bigger eye outlet goes to the frame so that was a set back.

Now after the rear install. My first impressions, obviously a lower center of gravity means less tilt and body roll. I am now 1.5" shorter than the previous rc lift.

The big question here.... ride quality. I can only answer this with some credibility since I only have the rear installed... the ride has vastly improved. There is much less bounce on my typical route, still a little on the stiff side but much much more improved. You can actually push down on the rear part of my jeep and notice it flexes its suspension where as the front of the jeep definitely fights the downward force. I cannot wait to install the front springs. Attached is a picture of my jeep as it sits waiting to do the front springs.
I've had these questions before. The "leftover" bushings are actually for the body or top portion of the shackle. They also expect you to reuse your existing shackle side sleeves which is kinda BS with what they charge for these bushing kits.
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Thank you for that. So I don't see how these bushings would actually fit into the top mounted shackle. I also can't reuse my own sleeves since they're hammered into the rc sleeves
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Front springs have been installed and overall I would definitely say that my ride has improved. I actually have suspension in my Jeep. Ive also ordered the crown greaseable shackle kit to further improve my ride quality.
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Before and after pics, please
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Before with 4" lift. After with 2.5"
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Looks good. Is the ride worth the price?
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Wow that looks great! Thanks for the great review.
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Old 04-11-2019, 07:50 PM
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If you've got the extra 500 to get the springs and the bushings, hell yes. Going from 4" lift to 2.5" was worth it alone. Much easier to drive now that the jeep feels lower and more stable. Easier to get in and out of too!
I'll update once I get the greaseable shackles in. My bushings in my OEM shackles are hard as a rock and I imagine the shackles have no play in them.

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