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Unread 03-27-2014, 07:51 PM   #1
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How may miles for lift springs to settle?

I've heard 1000 miles. I've heard 4000 miles.

What has been your experience?

I've had 5 lifts installed (3 Jeeps). I should know, but I can't remember how long it took for my prior lifts to settle. I guess 4000 miles would be a safe bet that it's settled, but I'm wondering how much settling might have occured after 1000 miles.

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Unread 03-27-2014, 10:25 PM   #2
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Settle down. Throw a bunch of weight in the back for a while and it will settle sooner for you.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 03:05 AM   #3
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It's been over 5 (?) years and mine have yet to settle...
(er, you asked about MILES... um...60K give or take?)
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Unread 03-28-2014, 09:07 AM   #4
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What do you mean settle? Are you talking about the lift losing its height? There is no "settling" time for lift kits because different off-roaders put lift kits through different conditions. A mall-crawler could drive his jeep to the mall and back and he wont lose his lift height because he has not limited and compressed the springs a lot. Someone who off-roads every weekend and actually used the lift kits would feel a better ride due to someone who just drives it around town. If you are talking about a "break-in" time, where your lift softens out then that solely depends on how you use it. Hope this helps

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Unread 03-28-2014, 02:02 PM   #5
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I mean breakin period.

Ya the above helps. My aligment guy says 1000 miles then realign to compensate for initial settling of like 1/4" to 1/2", and after that it might settle a little more during next 4000 miles or so. After that it's broken in and don't worry about it.

That's what he told me. I vaguely recall that ARB told me something similar.

It's already riding noticeably softer after 1000 miles. I haven't measured, but I think it's settled a little bit too.

I have fully flexed it out many times since installing it.

I was wondering if it's broken in yet. Probably almost broken in.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 02:11 PM   #6
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I find it hard to believe that coil springs break in. Maybe lose some height over time but it's not like that trend should hit a magic spot and stop.

And resetting alignment for 1/4" of height sounds pretty precise.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 02:27 PM   #7
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Isn't it normal practice to align after lifting and then align again after breakin?
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Isn't it normal practice to align after lifting and then align again after breakin?
Never heard that but that doesn't make it not true.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 04:10 PM   #9
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Never heard that but that doesn't make it not true.
Every tire store and 4x4 shop I ever talked to about lifts said that was standard practice.
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Unread 02-26-2015, 11:12 PM   #10
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After around 4000 miles my OME springs finished settling. I lost a little height. I'd guess around 3/8" to 1/2". I now have 5000 miles on them and they haven't settled anymore since around 4000 miles.

I haven't carried any heavy loads, but I have many times pounded it hard and fast in mild prerunning conditions.

It also got smoother riding as the new springs and shocks got broken in. After around 3000 miles it was as smooth riding and broken-in as it's going to get.
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My 3.5" OME springs have yet to settle any and still lift my jeep the same height as they did when I installed them; precisely the same measuring diff tube to frame rail. They've been installed for 2+ years and have somewhere around 10k miles on them. And I flex the hell out of them, especially with everyday torque lean and they just settle back to where they were. Great springs
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They are great springs. I love mine. I have the (no longer made) OME XJ light load rear springs, and OME TJ heavy load front springs.

Those OME TJ springs are pretty soft (just the way I like them). They're softer than OME XJ front springs. Even softer than stock XJ front springs.

My OME XJ light load rear springs are soft too.

So I probably got more setting due to using soft springs. I'm happy with it.
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Mine are the Medium Duty with an overload spring. Stout yet softer than any spring anybody local owns. And that's just about every major lift company
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My rear are almost to soft with weight of my gas tank skidplate. ARB tech supp tells me a slightly firmer option is to take OME medium load springs and remove overload leaf.
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