I outfitted my 1999 XJ with HD OME Front and Rear springs with Bilstein Shocks. I added the OME add-a-leaf to the rear spring pack.
I had a Rugged Ridge 4" lift in my old rig. I needed a kidney belt and control felt really lose (body sway) on the highway. This time I was going to do it right.
I am running a Nate's rear tire carrier bumper, with (2) 5 gallon gerry cans, (1) 5 gallon water jug, a roof rack with hi-lift jack, shovels, pick/axe & the cargo area full of gear. Up front I have a modified Nate's recessed winch bumper, 10,000 lb winch and a dual battery set-up. Smittybuilt cutout flares with 31's on 16" wheels. 4 wheel disc brakes. Up front WJ spindles w/Ford rotors. In the rear are Crown Vic disc brakes on an 1989 Dana 44 with an E-locker. Running 4.11 gearing ratios.
Needless to say, there is a lot of weight.
The Heavy Duty OME front and rear springs (w/add a leaf) gave me about 3.5" of lift. I installed adjustable shackles in the rear to gain 1". When the gas tank, gerry cans & water jug are filled, I drop in the rear about 1/2".
My mileage dropped about 2 mph after the lift. Changing the gearing ratio to 4.11 and swapping to the correct speedo gear (a 5 minute $20 EBay fix) brought my mileage up 2 mpg. And, I didn't lose momentum going up hills on the highway any longer!
The ride is perfect when loaded. A little hard when I'm empty, but I mainly use my rig for hunting on rough ranch roads.
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