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Old Man Emu OME 2.5" HD lift kit

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Product Information

MSRP: $650.00
Average Price: $988.59
Manufacturer: Old Man Emu
Yes: 71 / No: 2

OME's basic package (OMETJHK) for TJ's, heavy duty edition designed for jeeps that haul a little weight.


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pdempseyns's Reviews
01-11-2011, 04:10 PM
Price: $1,300.00
Pros: tough, improve performance on and off road.
Cons: "rugged" on road ride.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I had the 2" OME kit on my last wrangler, and this one is much more heavy duty. Makes for a rougher ride on road, feels as though you're driving a mini dumptruck, where as the 2" gave a sportier on road ride, but was often too soft for off road use, especially when loaded. Having had both, I would choose the HD every-time, simply for it's burliness.

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CO_crawler's Reviews
11-11-2010, 09:52 PM
Price: $699.00
Pros: Bomber Gear All Around
Cons: Not sure yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Just got it installed the parts are bombproof and will update with a test ride.

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TJagain's Reviews
10-27-2010, 02:19 PM
Price: $650.00
Pros: lived up to the reputation,
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I have been very happy with this set up for a year now. went with long travel shocks and the hd springs for lj in the rear. I sit on 35's and approached 90 on the turnpike coming home from jeeptoberfest. my friends that rode with me were impressed with the ride quality.

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Gobbles347's Reviews
10-03-2010, 09:07 PM
Price: $700.00
Pros: HEavy duty, rides nice, great flex!
Cons: non so far
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Took a weekend to install, but am very pleased with it, can't wait to get it out on the trails!!

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jameskjeep's Reviews
09-06-2010, 03:49 PM
Price: $800.00
Pros: Does everything I need it to do.
Cons: Price is a little high
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great product look great and give just the right amount of lift.


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kelso1337's Reviews
08-23-2010, 12:32 AM
Price: $2,300.00
Pros: Amazing ride & handling now. Better than stock. Nitrocharger shocks do the trick and the springs evened things out for me. Can easily do 130KM per hr with no problems.
Cons: My package did not come with any instruction at all. I do it by the instructions, thats my style. However you don't need instructions to do a lift. More pricey than a rough country or other, but i'm sure will be well worth it in the long run.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I actually got the ZJ/LJ kit for my TJ. But essentially they are the same lift but mine has stiffer springs and Long travel shocks.

Pretty easy install, improved my handling and ride dramatically right away.
As things settle and I throw the hard top back on I think it will ride even better.

I got 3'' Front and 4'' in the rear, so more than a "2.5" lift. Which in any case you would get 2.0''-2.25'' after all is said and done.

Highly recommended!

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YJWarrior's Reviews

08-21-2010, 08:55 PM
Price: $799.00
Pros: - Great ride - Quality product
Cons: - None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Awesome quality and ride! Had to swap out the back for long travel when I added the shackle reversal but very happy!

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attackcammel's Reviews
08-07-2010, 07:58 PM
Price: $700.00
Pros: Rides better than stock flexes much better able to fit bigger tires
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I bought this lift to fit my 33" tires im glad i went with this instead of a BB rides great on/off road

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patricknash1's Reviews
07-08-2010, 01:18 PM
Price: $698.00
Pros: great ride quality, so far everything about this lift has been impressive
Cons: None so far
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I bought this Jeep used about 3 months ago and was on the forums everyday trying to decide on which lift to buy. After much reading I decided on this lift and have been happy since I put it on. I work on computers and have never worked on cars in my life, but was able to install this, by myself, in about 5 hrs. The ride quality is amazing, feels like I am riding on air, flexes well, took it up into the mountains in North Georgia last weekend and was able to go through all the trails with no worry of bottoming out or getting stuck. I drive this vehicle to work daily, 35 miles each way and as a daily driver and a weekend offroader I dont think I could have been happier with the performance of this lift.

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kreita's Reviews
07-03-2010, 12:30 PM
Price: $800.00
Pros: Mostly good ride, handles well.
Cons: Big bumps can hit pretty hard.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: On my 84 CJ, I have the 2.5" OME suspension conversion Kit which uses the wider YJ spring packs. I opted for the heavier rear springs because my jeep has a hard top and a very heavy Warn rock bumper and tire rack. I also used stock YJ shackles, rubber bushings, and the recommended OME shocks.

The lift raised the Jeep more than advertised. In reality I'd say more like 3-4", which allowed for 33x10.50 BFG/AT Tires.

Road manners: The Jeep drives well, is stable, and has a firm ride, not harsh (more firm than stock). The suspension seems to have a progressive spring rate in which small bumps are easily absorbed but large bumps can hit pretty hard.

Off Road Capabilities: Unknown; I haven't tested them yet. I would anticipate good.

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9EEP's Reviews
06-05-2010, 05:06 PM
Price: $673.00
Pros: Great kit all around
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Good shocks built to last. Nice ride nice lift

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RainingThunder6's Reviews
05-22-2010, 12:23 AM
Price: $700.00
Pros: this rides better then stock and it was simple to install. it took 7 hours but only because i ended up breaking a bolt then having to drill, then broke the tap, other then that it was simple.
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: just installed it a week ago and i love it. rides better then stock. handles better also. only needed 1/4" t-case drop also so your better off ordering it from northridge4x4 and not getting the t-case drop and use washers. i also didnt use the bump stop extensions. overall great kit id recommend to anyone looking for a superb ride on and off road.


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CCGRUNT0331's Reviews
05-17-2010, 11:38 AM
Price: $850.00
Pros: Better ride than stock, more wheel travel
Cons: still feel the bumps, just not nearly as bad as stock
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I purchased the lift, kept the boxes in my truck, squeezed it into the 4wd shop (4 Wheel Specialties) to get done in an afternoon, drove it that evening, noticed they didnt tighten the steering stabalizer down (one screw) after that, no noticeable clinks or clanks and a better ride than stock, not to mention a little more ride height

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mikereednv's Reviews
05-08-2010, 09:45 PM
Price: $1,500.00
Pros: Complete package
Cons: Harder to climb in now
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Rides very much better than original, not too harsh. It is much taller than listed. I also have Air-Lift 1000 air bags in front to support a snowplow in winter. I run Wrangler RTS tires in summer and Dunlop 31's in the winter on black Cragars. Both tires perform their duties well, but the wider tires take the fuel mileage away quickly.


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Synister1's Reviews
04-18-2010, 08:51 PM
Price: $975.00
Pros: Ride quality.
Cons: none.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: OME is known for their quality suspensions and have had one on my old XJ before the getting the TJ so my expectations were reasonably high on it's ride.

With a little elbow grease the springs popped right in. The lift achieved was 3.25" on my 4cly. It is a little stiff in the rear but that was expected. I ordered the HD kit because of the hardtop and future rear bumper and swing out upgrades

Advantages of the 2.5" lift are you do not typically need a SYE and new drive-shafts. If you get binding a TC drop (without a body lift) or a motor mount lift (with body lift) will normally solve it.

Installed front and rear JKS trackbars along with this.

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spicymike's Reviews
04-07-2010, 04:46 AM
Price: $800.00
Pros: Cheap and easy, A little stiffer than stock which is a major plus. My ride doesn't get me sea sick anymore !!!
Cons: Bright yellow, Would dig an aluminum or dark grey finish
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I really like this product.


RockyClymer's Reviews

03-04-2010, 08:42 PM
Price: $640.00
Pros: Easy to install - actually got close to 3.5 inches of lift
Cons: None so far
Recommended? Yes

Comments: One year review - Dave at Northridge was a great help in putting the lift together - also included JKS adj track bars front/rear and added adj control arms to adj front caster angle and at rear to adjust pinion angle. Added note after one year - great lift, great ride, no DW or BS - very happy about my decision.


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RaggedOleMan's Reviews
02-13-2010, 04:45 AM
Price: $675.00
Pros: Easy install, quality product that has value beyond the price, for a reasonable price.
Cons: None. A great lift for the 1st time around.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Installed on an 05-Tj-X, I-6, manual 6-spd. Currently running 33's.

I'd never installed a lift before so I read everything I could get my eyes on before I started. Probably should have taken three hours or less, but, it took me eight. Took my time. The most difficult part was drilling the last hole to install the rear track bar bracket. Other than that, it was a REALLY fun day!

I've had it on there for over a year now. Done some moderate weelin' on the Naches Trail, Manastash Ridge, Liberty, Evans Creek, Walker Valley, Tahuya among others and it's been good. I can see upgrading to a long arm system in the future, but, it was the right amount of lift for me to start with. I did a 1" motor mount and a 1" body lift prior to installing the OME lift.

I did have to install rear, adjustable upper control arms after I put some 1-1/4" pucks in there. Yes, there were mild vibes for the first month after the initial OME install and a 4-wheel alignment. The vibes gradually disappeared as the lift settled. About that time I added the 1-1/4" pucks and thus had to upgrade the upper rear control arms.

Since then I added a SYE and CV/DS. I did so because I bent the shaft coming out of the transfer case while wheeling, not because the lift required it. At the end of the day it all worked out great. Now, about those axles...

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Dave_NJTJ's Reviews

12-29-2009, 08:06 PM
Price: $699.00
Pros: Easy install, good instructions, great ride and road manners.
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Installed the entire kit within about 4-5 hours in my driveway , only special tool required was a spring compressor. Good kit!


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southbound's Reviews
12-16-2009, 11:52 PM
Price: $850.00
Pros: Rides smooth, flexes well and doesn't sag at all.
Cons: only one- price.
Recommended? Yes

After I decided to lift my Jeep, I saved a little longer and went with this kit. It was a great decision, as I have no real complaints with it. It rides so smooth and is very firm. The kit leveled and lift my Jeep perfectly. It's been almost 6 months and 6k+ miles since the install and it hasn't shown any signs of sagging. Get the entire kit (leafs, shocks, bushings, ss)- this is a quality product that lives up to it's reputation.

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