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post #1 of 11 Old 05-27-2008, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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What do I do? New OME Shocks aren't fitting right! Help

Just bought new Old Man Emu (OME) shocks (N67L) and the rear ones aren't fitting correctly. The lower body of the shock is against the plate that holds my springs and preventing me from attaching the shock to it's point on the axel.

Has anyone ran into this before? What should I do? As much detail will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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Here is a pic from the side angle. You can see that the hole in the shock won't line up because that plate holding the springs is stopping me from getting the right angle.



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post #2 of 11 Old 05-27-2008, 06:04 PM
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Do you have your pinion rotated up for an SYE/CV?
You need these.
http://store.jksmfg.com/merchant2/me...ory_Code=Shock
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Your kidding me! The Doetsch Tech shocks I just took off didn't need those extra $60 add on extenders. Not upset with you Otisdog, your the messenger and I appreciate the advice. I just wish I had known this before buying these shocks. Thought I did enough research to prevent such a goof.

Is there any other options? Beside sending the shocks back or paying an extra 60 bucks for a part that would only make that area weaker and more prone to snapping off on a rock.
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Seems like they should work especially if you took shocks off of there. I know this is a problem with rotated axles.
Maybe someone with OME shocks can comment.
There are other shock relocators out there that might be cheaper.
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I don't mind paying more for something as long as it is good quality. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for.... most of the time. However I did wish I had known this before now so I could have ordered them also.

Your opinion... send them back and get the RS5000 since their bottom side is just a bar instead of a full tube like the OMEs or spend the extra $60 and stay with the OMEs?
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The Rancho 5000's are supposed to be very stiff so I would stay away from them. I'm really surprized that other OME users haven't chimed in.
I run MX6 adjustables that mount can-up. Solves the problem. I believe the RE Monotubes can be run can-up also.
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Do you have your pinion rotated up for an SYE/CV?
To the OP, can you answer this?

I have no clearance issues with my OME shocks, but do not have a lot of lift on short arms or have an SYE/CV setup.



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I have OME shocks and had the same problem after installing my cv driveshaft. OME is a wide body shock when compared to others, if your axle is rotated for pinion angle correction the shock may contact the perch. You basically have 3 options:

1) Use an angle grinder and 'trim' the spring perch for clearance. This wont work in all situations, but if your axle isnt rotated too far back it may provide enough room.

2) Get a set of shock relocators, the JKS ones are absurdly expensive, I have teraflex relocators, they can be had for under $30, in this case about $25:
http://www.windrockoffroad.com/Catal...idproduct=3734
Do note that relocators are not the best solution, as it does place more leverage on the stock mounts. That being said, I've had mine for a year without any problems.

3) Cut the old mounts off the axle, and get new mounts to weld on in a repositioned location thats no longer rotated under the axle. (Best and most expensive option). I eventually plan on doing this, but one thing at a time.


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Just as an FYI... I have a 4.5" RE lift which included the SYE/CV so my question now revolves around fit. I found the TeraFlex and Currie extensions and both are priced less but the JKS ones are the only ones that say are built for lifts greater than 3.5". So I don't know if the TeraFlex or Currie will work for me or not.

Any input on this matter?

Again, thank you all for your help!
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I have about 3" of lift, plus my Tcase is raised 1.5" with my TT. The total 'lift' the driveshaft sees is then 4.5" of lift. So I think my pinion angle rotation with my setup would be pretty close to yours if your 4.5" lift really netted 4.5" and your running the stock Tcase skid. The teraflex relocators worked for the OMEs in my situation.


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I'd try the teraflex and see how well that works. if it doesn't work well, return them.



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