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Unread 03-26-2013, 09:08 AM   #541
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As for the skidplates check out throttledownkustoms.com

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Unread 03-26-2013, 10:07 AM   #542
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Matt - The ones I got for all 4 corners are the Warrior brand ones, however I got them through okay4wd. It's part of their Rock Granite conversion kit and I thought they made their own, as the first ones came loose with all the bolts and sleeves I got with them. But the second order was for the rear ones and they came still in the Warrior box. Identical construction to the first ones. I believe I posted a pic a couple of pages back when someone ask about the studs on them. (edit: yep, post #512, 2 pgs. back)
As for how they fit or work, I'm not quite there yet in my build, but I do like the quality of them.
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Unread 03-26-2013, 10:12 AM   #543
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moon,

I do plan on cutting the bolts to the proper length, but they will still be exposed without some sort of skid plate over them.

I don't see any u-bolt skids on the TDK site.

Thanks, though.

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Unread 03-26-2013, 10:17 AM   #544
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Matt - The ones I got for all 4 corners are the Warrior brand ones, however I got them through okay4wd. It's part of their Rock Granite conversion kit and I thought they made their own, as the first ones came loose with all the bolts and sleeves I got with them. But the second order was for the rear ones and they came still in the Warrior box. Identical construction to the first ones. I believe I posted a pic a couple of pages back when someone ask about the studs on them. (edit: yep, post #512, 2 pgs. back)
As for how they fit or work, I'm not quite there yet in my build, but I do like the quality of them.
Thanks.

Warrior products seem to have a decent reputation, so that's the route I'll probably go. $200 for a complete set of 4 is a little hard to swallow, though.

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Unread 03-26-2013, 01:13 PM   #545
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I've seen them slightly cheaper but the thing is they have to fit the CJ setup (pass. side offset, sway bar, and maybe shocks) but fit the wider YJ spring. So that's why I got them from OK4wd, there'd be no wrong product to return. Theres no part number on the front ones to give you so you could shop around. A direct call to Warrior might get it.
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Unread 03-26-2013, 01:50 PM   #546
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moon,

I do plan on cutting the bolts to the proper length, but they will still be exposed without some sort of skid plate over them.

I don't see any u-bolt skids on the TDK site.

Thanks, though.

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Oh sorry, misread ... I see what you're talking about ubolt skids. Check with Jim Crabtree, he was working on a design for ubolt plates.
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Unread 03-26-2013, 03:53 PM   #547
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Not if you use the correct sleeves inside the bushings.

I believe it's all documented earlier in the thread.

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IM using OME springs, OME bushes, OME sleeves and a 1/2" bolt WILL NOT work. Ive now got 9/16th bolts that do fit in the non-shackle ends.

OME bushes are different sizes to the other brands and require their own shackle kits to be used. They dont use sleeves at the shackle end at all but rather custom made greaseable pins/bolts that screw directly into the side plates and held with locknuts.
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IM using OME springs, OME bushes, OME sleeves and a 1/2" bolt WILL NOT work. Ive now got 9/16th bolts that do fit in the non-shackle ends.

OME bushes are different sizes to the other brands and require their own shackle kits to be used. They dont use sleeves at the shackle end at all but rather custom made greaseable pins/bolts that screw directly into the side plates and held with locknuts.
Hmm...I'm not sure what the differences are in our setups.

I'm currently using Crabtree's shackles and his grease-able bolts. I'm pretty sure they are 1/2" bolts, and they fit perfectly with the yellow bushings (with sleeves) that came in my OME kit.

I assumed my bushings are OME, but perhaps they aren't.

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Unread 03-27-2013, 01:07 AM   #549
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Hmm...I'm not sure what the differences are in our setups.

I'm currently using Crabtree's shackles and his grease-able bolts. I'm pretty sure they are 1/2" bolts, and they fit perfectly with the yellow bushings (with sleeves) that came in my OME kit.

I assumed my bushings are OME, but perhaps they aren't.

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I was talking about the non-shackle end requiring the 9/16th bolts BUT in saying that, the other end (as shown in your pic) doesnt use sleeves from OME (they dont supply them) and uses a larger pin which is machined to the size of the bush. ARB claim it will flex better with the pin rather than a sleeve and bolt and is stronger. Looking at the pins there is no way they would ever bend or break and the bush itself is greased rather than just the inside of a sleeve. ATM to grease those bushes you have requires removal. The OME bush has holes so both the outside and inside is greased via the pin.

Of course it could just be sales speak by ARB who want to sell their gear over others but their reasoning seems sound to me.
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I was talking about the non-shackle end requiring the 9/16th bolts BUT in saying that, the other end (as shown in your pic) doesnt use sleeves from OME (they dont supply them) and uses a larger pin which is machined to the size of the bush. ARB claim it will flex better with the pin rather than a sleeve and bolt and is stronger. Looking at the pins there is no way they would ever bend or break and the bush itself is greased rather than just the inside of a sleeve. ATM to grease those bushes you have requires removal. The OME bush has holes so both the outside and inside is greased via the pin.

Of course it could just be sales speak by ARB who want to sell their gear over others but their reasoning seems sound to me.
I guess we can agree that the info I provided is correct for the bushings I received.

Yours are different. Agreed?

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I guess we can agree that the info I provided is correct for the bushings I received.

Yours are different. Agreed?

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At no point was that ever not agreed.

What the issue is, is the fact many others read this thread and like i did myself went out and bought what was listed here and found it wasnt correct. I know i have genuine ARB/OME bushes and that 1/2" bolts wont fit them. The use of sleeves and bolts in the shackle end has worked for you and may work for others but those parts aren't available here (and may not be available in other places) so a solution is to use the ARB/OME shackles which come with bolts for one end of the spring. The other end requires 9/16th bolts not 1/2" as was previously mentioned ONLY if using genuine OME bushes. What fits other bushes would be for another thread not one specifically on OME parts.
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Umm...This thread isn't just for OME parts, despite the title. There is plenty of non-OME stuff discussed here.

I'm still not sure why a 1/2" bolt with a 1/16" thick sleeve, isn't the same as a 9/16" bolt with no sleeve, especially if the shackles are drilled to accept a 1/2" bolt, which mine are.

Anyway, perhaps you can post a picture, or two, to explain what we're hashing out.

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Unread 03-27-2013, 07:11 AM   #553
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This is the OME Shackle and bush kit



Note there is no bolt supplied for the standalone bushes. The bolt required is 9/16th and no a 1/16th sleeve wont work.

Ill take a photo of what the shackle pins look like when not in the bushes and also the bushes themselves with a 1/2" bolt sitting in them to show they dont work.
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It seems pretty simple to me. If the shackles are drilled to use a 9/16" bolt, then use that size with no sleeve.

If the shackles are drilled for a 1/2" bolt, then use that size with a sleeve.

Do we really need to beat this dead horse more?

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It seems pretty simple to me. If the shackles are drilled to use a 9/16" bolt, then use that size with no sleeve.

If the shackles are drilled for a 1/2" bolt, then use that size with a sleeve.

Do we really need to beat this dead horse more?

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Not sure why your getting so defensive about this Matt. All i have done is correct some info that was wrong for people that will read this thread. As you can see in the photo the non-shackle bush HAS a sleeve. Again, i wasn't discussing the shackle end of the spring which you seem so fixated in referring to. As this thread is about OME suspension letting others know the correct size bolt to use will stop them doing what i did and buy the wrong bolts. If they use OME parts the pins, bushes, bolts will all work together but they still need 4 x 9/16th bolts to complete the install. If you have info about non-OME parts and bolt sizes then feel free to post up.
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