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Unread 09-28-2011, 04:32 PM   #256
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Nice!! Not having to cut and punch the rivets is definitely a plus.

I can't wait to see the rest of it installed.

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Unread 10-28-2011, 04:48 PM   #257
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Thanks, looks a little different now, I put family style bars on it and a safari top.

great conversion. did mine that way too and i love it. have any pics of your?
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Unread 10-29-2011, 08:36 AM   #258
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Wow, this has turned into a nice thread!! I'm glad you guys are finding it useful. I wanted to update you on my suspension now that I've ran with it for a few months.

The exceptional ride quality hasn't changed, if anything it's gotten smoother as the springs and bushings have worked in a bit.

As for settling, there hasn't been any. The ground to top of wheel-well measurements remain exactly same as they were shortly after the install. There is absolutely no signs of the dreaded "Jeep Lean".

That's the peaches, here's the pits. The individual leafs on 3 of 4 of my springs shifted around slightly, causing them to have a slight vertical stagger, instead of stacking straight up and down. Although I had torqued the u-bolts to spec, upon inspection I found they had loosened considerably. So I straightened the leafs and re-torqued the u-bolts. One of the springs still wants to shift a little, but the other 3 are staying straight. I think this is a minor issue, but worth keeping an eye on.

Secondly, after putting about 3K miles on the current alignment, I decided I could use a little more caster in the steering. If you recall, my caster was 5 degrees positive after reversing the shims on the OME springs, which is at the low end of spec. The Jeep handled fine at this angle, but it returned to center a little slow for my tastes.

So, I replaced the OME shims with a set of Warrior 4 degree shims (the OME shims are 1.5-2 degrees) just a few days ago. BINGO!! Now, finally, I can honestly say the Ol' Girl rides and steers better than new. I can now casually drape one hand over the wheel and completely forget that I'm driving and just enjoy the ride.

Anyway, I still recommend this suspension whole-heartedly for any of you hoping to upgrade. It's my favorite mod to date on mine.

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Unread 10-29-2011, 08:56 AM   #259
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Matt,

Good read, good job with lots of info and pictures. Ive got a CJ7 with a 4" superlift, rides like a tank! Bought it this way, so I am wanting to get rid of the 35's and just have a 2.5 lift, and go with 32's. SOOOOO seein your not that far from me, ill just bring the jeep over and leave it a few days, and maybe your jeep and mine will swap parts real quick! Just wanted to say thanks for the info, I have been looking at the BDS setup, but after reading this I am seriously considering this route.

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Unread 10-29-2011, 09:05 AM   #260
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Garry,

Thanks. The BDS also gets good reviews. I don't think you can go wrong with either.

As for swapping parts, you'll have to wrestle me for them, because none of these parts are going anywhere without a fight!

I'll be happy to help you in any way I can, neighbor.

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Unread 11-12-2011, 07:18 PM   #261
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I did this swap to my scrambler about 8 years ago and used the BDS yj 3.5 springs an a MORE shackle reversal and used confer shackles. I am running 33x12.50 on a 15x9 rim. It still rides great and handles great as well. Glad you all have had the same luck.
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Unread 11-12-2011, 08:26 PM   #262
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Great info Matt. My wife thinks my 86 Cj needs new shocks. It is not to great on the washboard roads any more or maybe it is we are just getting older. I have been thinking about swapping in wrangler springs for a while now. Maybe I can talk her into new springs too. Were you in Victor in October this year? I sure saw a Cj like yours at the turn off to phantom canyon as we were up there checking out the Aspen trees changing. Bob
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Unread 11-12-2011, 09:42 PM   #263
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Bob,

Thanks, I'm glad you find the thread helpful.

It wasn't me in Victor, though that's certainly the type area you're likely to find me.

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Unread 11-12-2011, 10:25 PM   #264
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Matt, how close are you to Durango or Valecito?
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Unread 11-13-2011, 05:08 AM   #265
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Matt, how close are you to Durango or Valecito?
Not very, about 6-7 hours. Those places are in southwest Colorado, I'm central.

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Unread 11-13-2011, 07:29 AM   #266
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Wow...farther than I thought.
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Unread 11-20-2011, 03:12 PM   #267
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ok guys this thread has been amazing, I am doing the yj conversion to my 1979 vj7 golden eagle. Thank you guys for taking the time and posting all this information. It has made my yj conversion experience a walk in the park.
I will post some pics and information on my experience, but i do believe you guys covered everything.
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Unread 11-20-2011, 03:34 PM   #268
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ok guys this thread has been amazing, I am doing the yj conversion to my 1979 vj7 golden eagle. Thank you guys for taking the time and posting all this information. It has made my yj conversion experience a walk in the park.
I will post some pics and information on my experience, but i do believe you guys covered everything.
peterbilt1,

I'm very pleased this thread has been helpful to you, and I can't wait to see your rig with it's new legs!!

My suspension has just gotten better and better as it breaks in a little. What's interesting is I haven't realized the slightest bit of settling or sag, even though the ride has gotten smoother. As stated, I have had to straighten a slight stagger in the leafs, and re-torque the U-bolts, after about 3K miles, but they haven't moved since.

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Unread 12-14-2011, 03:35 PM   #269
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Old Man Emu Shocks

Hope it hasn't been addressed before...

Just got an OME YJ to CJ suspension conversion kit for my 1979 CJ7 that's supposed to provide 2.5" - 3.0" of lift. The kit did not include shocks. I was planning on going with OME shocks. My question is with the model number for the shocks. I need heavy duty shocks due to hard top on back and V8 and winch up front. Do I need the N42 (front) and N56 (back) shocks?

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Unread 12-14-2011, 08:18 PM   #270
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YJ to CJ Kit

Well according to UPS tracking my stuff should be here tomorrow. Going with the OME Heavy kit from QUADRATEC and OME shocks. I also ordered shackles from Crabtree. My son should be here for Christmas next week and we are going to put it all on my Scrambler. Can't wait to see how much this improves the ride and stance. I have been a long time Landcruiser guy and OME is condiered top notch with Landcruiser enthusiasts. I will take some pics and post them up.

STEERING DAMPER - This is the only part I haven't figured out yet. Since OME doesn't make one for a CJ, what do you guys suggest? I hate to mix all that OME Yellow with something else.
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