Could you sort this out? I am about to change my OME 2.5'' kit with a 4'' kit. I am extremely happy with the ride comfort of the OME kit but I need to go higher (plus the OME kit is 5 years old). I need to get a 4'' kit that has the same ride comfort as the OME. From what I know RE and skyjacker have such reputation. Which one to go for? Any other brands, maybe? I'd rather spend something more than compromise my ride quality.
I have the 4" skyjacker " easy ride " they say it gives you the stock ride but are able to off road with it, the kit has been on my jeep for 4 years and I have had it more off road then on and it seems fine, I have never driven a jeep with a kit from the compoany you have so I can't compare the ride for you but the Skyjacker has been good for me and the ride isint to bad BUT it is a JEEP so im not sure what kind of ride you will get as far as comfort.
OME stands for Old Man Emu. The ride quality is miles away from stock (really!). I know its a jeep and it shouldn't ride like a cadillac. I heard skyjacker softride 4'' springs are good but most others say RE 4'' standard or 4.5'' extreme duty kit are a lot softer, more stable and with better flex. Someothers say BDS. What gives? You see where my dilemma comes in?
i have been doing a lot of research into this topic also as i want to do a 4" setup on my yj. i have come to the conclusion that the best 2 to go w/ are RE or BDS, now depending on if you have a hard top,winch,e.t.c.. depends on which kit to go w/. the RE standard lift if for soft top and little stuff. the RE XD kit if for all the heavy stuff. as w/ BDS it is all the same kit. just for the heavier setup, they put front leaf spring packs in the rear also and this works just fine. personally i have made the decision to go w/ BDS for the fact that they have a no questions asked warrenty policy, if the spring breaks, sags, bends, e.t.c... they replace it for free, no questions asked. this could be a very good thing for the extra off roader croud that are worried about breaking and bending leaf packs all the time. plus the BDS kit is a LOT cheaper that the RE kit.
does that mean that Skyjacker is out of the way? Indeed have a hardtop, winch and rectangular nerf bars. Wouldn't this extra load make the RE 4'' standard even softer? That's better for me. Plus I also have a 1'' body lift that I was planning on keeping, so that would compensate for the drop due to the extra load. I would say then 4'' standard RE? I thinking we are closing to a solution here?
i'm sure the standard kit would be fine for the road. but any serious off roading and you might be bending leaf packs w/ all that weight. if you enjoy a lot of wheeling, i would advise the RE HD kit and be done w/ it. the spring packs in this kit are progressive rate, so on the road it will be just as comfortable, but can handle the excessive rigors of the off road. amazing flex too
I put a sky jacker 4" in my 87 yj. Good ride. but its very important to not torque your shackle and spring purch bolt until you have the weight of the vehicle on it. My buddy did his the oposite because he wanted and extra 1/2" higher. crappy ride. very stiff. So follow the instructions and you will like it.
The RE XD kit uses better springs (multi rate) and has upgraded hardware. Just so you know the RE kits are measured/designed for 6cyl, winch, HD bumpers, tire cariers, hardtop, body armor, skid plates and all of the stuff you normaly take on a trail ride (@150lbs+ 2 people) to get their lift height. 99% of the other mfgr, use a 4banger, soft top, no mods and 1 person for their "lift height". I have the RE XD 2.5 in lift and with half of my normal trail load (DD tool load) I still have nearly 3.5 in of lift. Fully kitted out, it settles out at 2.75 in. Empty or loaded, the RE HD kits ride better than 90% of the other lift kits out there.
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