I have a 96 XJ with the OME on her right now, over the weekend, I went off roading in the desert and after about 4-5 hours they were done. (heat build-up)
Now I'm not bashing OME, in fact I love the ride it gives me, but I just don't think they can take the punishment of the desert.
Now I'm looking at replacing them and was wondering what everybody is using or would use. I've been looking at the Bilstein 5150 and my price is about $400 for all 4.
Now my XJ is a daily driver and would love to have a nice smooth ride too so please remember that too.
I'm running 5150s right now and love them. I can only compare to DTs3k and 8k. the 5150s are a little stiffer but so much more controlled. I have noticed they've softened up a bit now that I've had them in for a little while.
98' ZJ 4.0L
4.5" RE, Clayton 4 Link, 35" X-Terrains, ORGS Super Nerfs, Kevins offroad, Detroit, Trutrac, 4.56's, Bilstein 5150s, ARB, Stillens, MSD, Lightforce, Banks header.
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I like the DT3k very much, but they are kinda stiff so that may be a factor. But for 120 for all 4, you can't beat that. I can't beleive the OME didn't satisfy you though.
Don't get me wrong about the OME they are wonderful shocks, but its just after 4 hours they get all heated up and lose there shock damping, and that goes to all the non res-shocks, thats why I'm looking at the 5150, they have a res. piggyback on them to withstand longer abuse...or am I wrong
the remote reservoir shocks should be a bit better as far as heat goes, but I'm assume your talking about semi-highspeed desert fun right? (over dunes and stuff, maybe mild "liftoffs" ) The best for that would be a dual shock setup, that way the heat load gets split between two shocks effectively halving it. I have no idea how good the OME ones are, so I don't know where your starting off at. You'll prolly want to look at remote reservoir types with larger body diameters first, though.
Last edited by CypherNinja; 04-29-2004 at 07:17 PM..