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Unread 08-27-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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What makes the OME lift for a yj ride so well, the springs or shocks? Im sure they both add to it but what has a greater effect. If I were to get the OME springs with say Rancho shocks how much would the ride quality be deteriorated compared to OME springs/shocks.

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Unread 08-28-2011, 11:16 AM   #2
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I just put in OME's 2.5 on the wife's joop. Didn't use their springs (can't remember which one's I used). So with just the springs in I can tell you it made a huge difference in the ride quality. Haven't had a chance to take her off-road yet but just city cruisin' is a much nicer experience.
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Unread 08-28-2011, 12:17 PM   #3
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I put the springs and shocks on just last week. It's a huge improvement over stock, but stock was sixteen years old! Everything was rusted solid, it couldn't have been working like it should. My advise is to get the springs and save on the shocks, but no matter what is done, it will be an improvement.

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I would think that a good quality shock would make a bigger difference than the spring. Take any spring made for a jeep without shocks and it will bob like a cork. The shock controls that bob/bounce. Rebound rate compression rate.... those are things that are adjustable on high quality shocks. Some shocks are valved for lighter rigs like a jeep some lines of shocks are valved the same and only the body changes length (those ride like crap because they are valved for full-sized rigs)
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and which shocks are the ones valved for lighter rigs like jeeps?
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Unread 08-28-2011, 07:37 PM   #6
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I have run and installed the OME springs on various YJ's over the years. That is THE only spring I will recommend. For shocks I normally put on the Skyjackers. Cheap and ride good on a SOA YJ. The part numbers are listed in a post I made that is now in the FAQ section for SOA parts list.
The springs will make a massive difference. But if you use a stiff shock like a Bilstein, you will be losing half the soft ride.
there is no easy answer to your initial question really, as both springs AND shocks can have a massive effect on handling and ride quality.
Pick wisely and do it once is my opinion.

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You obviously cant go wrong with OME springs and shocks, but to save some $$ I chose to run the OME springs with BDS shocks. The BDS shocks were a good bit cheaper (with the JF discount and free shipping to a local 4wd shop), and the ride is great.
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You obviously cant go wrong with OME springs and shocks, but to save some $$ I chose to run the OME springs with BDS shocks. The BDS shocks were a good bit cheaper (with the JF discount and free shipping to a local 4wd shop), and the ride is great.
thanks for the tip, that's what I'll do as well
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and which shocks are the ones valved for lighter rigs like jeeps?
I know I have had bad luck with rough country and rancho. I would talk to a company’s tec line and see what the rebound and compression rates are for their shocks. Made a huge difference in the ride of my old CJ. Rough country and Rancho sucked then I started calling tech and settled on a set of skyjackers.
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Unread 08-28-2011, 10:44 PM   #10
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and which shocks are the ones valved for lighter rigs like jeeps?
Bilstein 5100's, 5150's, and OME to name a few off of my head . I posted a reply in your other thread with part #'s and specs to shocks that are valved for your Jeep. I did forget to mention that they also have a lifetime warranty if it can not be rebuilt they will send you a new shock. I've had bent the shaft on one of my bilstein 5100's on my YJ and they replaced it with no questions.

Here's the specs for the Bilstein 5100 for your application :



46mm Monotube Shock Absorber
New Part Number: 24-064576
Old Part Number: F4-BE5-6457-H5

Setting: 5100 Series
Drive Type: 4WD
Position: Front
Descriptor: Front Lifted Height: 3-4"
*Collapsed Length (IN): 16.97
*Extended Length (IN): 28.44
*Collapsed Length (MM): 431.0
*Extended Length (MM): 722.5
Finish: Zinc plated
Reservoir: No


Part Number: 24-185660
Old Part Number: F4-BE5-6458-H5;F4-BE5-6458-H7

Setting: 5100 Series
Drive Type: 4WD
Position: Rear
Descriptor: Rear Lifted Height: 3-4"
*Collapsed Length (IN): 14.63
*Extended Length (IN): 23.68
*Collapsed Length (MM): 371.5
*Extended Length (MM): 601.5


You can take the Extended and Collapsed length of these shocks and find other shocks the same length also.

You asked about the RE twin tubes in your other thread also they are an Ok shock, But with RE being bought out by Procomp I can not vouch for their quality anymore. Monroe (Rancho) does make all of Procomps shocks will probably start producing the RE shocks soon . I was always a fan of RE and Ran RE lifts but I will wait a few years before making judgement since a Sub-par company owns them now.

As for the original question . It's a combination of spring and shock quality. A lot of R&D and real world experience. A great spring with a poor shock will ride ok, A bad spring with good shocks will ride ok. A Good spring and shock will ride awesome Hence OME's great reviews , A bad spring and shock , Well have you ever heard of Rough Country ?
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