Amazingly detailed thread. I like the look and the lift height etc. I cannot thank you enough for providing so much detail on before and after. How is the ride? Prob tighter than stock - but livable? not too harsh?
I think the ride is great. I've driven trucks and a TJ for the last handful of years so I'm used to a harsh-ish ride (I prefer harsh over mushy). The WJ with OME HD coils definitely shows you the bumps in the road but I've found driving down the interstate (or any well paved road) is as smooth as glass, even with the Duratracs. I think the coils also improved the cornering and absolutely helped with towing. I'm happy with the lift in general!
To further answer your question, the OME HD springs greatly increase how much weight you can cram in the back of the jeep as well. Here's a picture of some goodies I dropped off at our wedding/reception the morning of:
If my memory serves me well, that's 10 - 22 lb bags of ice, 3 kegs, and 15 bottles of wine. That adds up to about 750 lbs. Here's how it looked on the outside. It squatted a little bit but not very much for that kind of weight!
I flexed out the WJ a bit at a friends house last night. I was quite surprised - the rear flexed like mad. The sway bar and the end link on the rear passenger side were almost straight. If I had a little more slope, I could have dropped that rear coil out. In these pictures, the front is still connected.
Well, I haven't done anything big to the WJ lately - haven't even been driving it a whole lot. The current projects have been an 01 Isuzu Trooper with the 3.5L (Mom's) and an 03 F350 Dually with the 6.0L diesel (Step-Dad's). I tell ya, between tuning-up/attempting to reduce oil consumption on the Trooper and diagnosing a No-Start condition for the diesel (finally figured it out!!!!!), the WJ is starting to get lonely. I did take it for a trip about an hour or so away to cut down a walnut tree. About 2/3's of the way home, we stopped to shoot some trap at my friend's parent's farm. Grabbed a quick pic.
Here's the tree we cut. We were running a Stihl 029 and a Stihl 170. Two of us cutting and one dragging off and burning the brush, we had it fell/cut/loaded/cleaned up in about 2 hours. Pretty good day I'd say!
Though it took a while, our wedding photos are ready (worth the wait from the quality of this preview in my opinion). Here's the face behind ChrisHager which includes my friends, family, and beautiful bride. To avoid confusion, I have a twin brother. My other brother is the blonde curly haired fella. The shaved head guy is the lead singer for the band I founded with my twin. That should explain the guitar and picks. Jacob is the guy with long, dark, curly hair. Mason and Chris are the two guys in a random picture with our group (dressed not in tuxes). Adam, Chris, Jacob, and one other guy form our guy/family night and help with the grilling sessions I do. I hope to have some video us singing at our wedding to my wife up soon.
I hope this link works. It was just posted earlier.