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Unread 03-27-2013, 04:44 PM   #556
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I'm not defensive, just still wondering what info was wrong on my install?

Regardless, I'm glad you corrected it.

Good luck, and post up some pics when you get it installed

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Unread 04-08-2013, 11:11 PM   #557
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We were finally able to finish the install of the Old Man Emu lift on my pal's '86. We followed Matt's advice and stayed clear of his obstacles due to him reporting them here first, so a big thanks to Matt for making our install go smooth! We bought the kit from OK4WD and even had them pre-install the 4* shims for the front axle which brought the caster numbers right into spec the first time. She sits on 31" BF Goodrich AT's:




My pal is very pleased with the ride and I must say it drives nicer then my Rubicon Express springs. Hopefully, this Summer, we will put her to test on the Rubicon and really say how flexy she gets.

Again, thanks Matt, this thread proved to be invaluable with all the information in it...
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We were finally able to finish the install of the Old Man Emu lift on my pal's '86. We followed Matt's advice and stayed clear of his obstacles due to him reporting them here first, so a big thanks to Matt for making our install go smooth! We bought the kit from OK4WD and even had them pre-install the 4* shims for the front axle which brought the caster numbers right into spec the first time. She sits on 31" BF Goodrich AT's:




My pal is very pleased with the ride and I must say it drives nicer then my Rubicon Express springs. Hopefully, this Summer, we will put her to test on the Rubicon and really say how flexy she gets.

Again, thanks Matt, this thread proved to be invaluable with all the information in it...
The ride looks great, but are you sure it's only 2.5" of lift? Looks more like 4/4.5! What leafs did you use? I went with CS036R's and mine looks much lower.
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The ride looks great, but are you sure it's only 2.5" of lift? Looks more like 4/4.5! What leafs did you use? I went with CS036R's and mine looks much lower.
we used the heavy duty springs on all 4 corners. Keep in mind that the springs will settle some and he has no hard top or winch to weigh them down.
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The ride looks great, but are you sure it's only 2.5" of lift? Looks more like 4/4.5! What leafs did you use? I went with CS036R's and mine looks much lower.
I think the relatively small tires exaggerates how much lift he has. Mine looked the same way with 31"s.

Mvigo, nice job on the install, and I'm glad this thread was useful. Your buddy is going to love that suspension.

Don't forget to have him check all the u-bolts after about 100 miles.

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Unread 04-24-2013, 02:05 PM   #561
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Guys, this thread has provided me with so much invaluable information and it's my turn to contribute. I had a revelation one night and came up with a much simpler steering stabilizer mount. Although I initally used Matt's great idea, it took a little effort finding the right parts and fabbing the part. What I did instead is take a grade 8 seatbelt bracket and just put a bolt through each hole, one for the stabilizer, one for the bracket. Although it's only one sided, i don't think it's an issue because it's just for the steering stabilizer so it won't get stressed much at all, plus it's grade 8! Super simple, and no drilling or cutting. The part is $1.49 on Quadratec so you just can't go wrong. Let me know what you guys think, and look at the pictures for better clarification.

Here's the part:
http://www.quadratec.com/products/24247_901.htm





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Strong work, rispony!! Your idea is much more simple than mine.

Are the seat belt brackets a common auto parts store item? Or did you go to the junkyard for one?

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Unread 04-24-2013, 05:58 PM   #563
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Strong work, rispony!! Your idea is much more simple than mine.

Are the seat belt brackets a common auto parts store item? Or did you go to the junkyard for one?

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Thanks Matt. I put the quadratec link in the post above. Scroll up and check again
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Nice work on the steering stabilizer...I did something similar - but yours is more "elegant" as the mathematicians would say!

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Hi all, great thread with a lot of great info. Its helped me a lot thank you!

Ive pretty much finished (kinda) the OME upgrade to my 81 CJ7. I used heavy duty rears on all four corners and basically parted it all out seperately (thats prob why its taken me 3 years ). I did not move the front spring hanger forward. I used YJ shackles and 2.5" Rock Equipment shackle hangers for the conversion. The front has lifted at least 1" more than the rear but im hoping this will settle somewhat due to the extra weight up front.

The shackle hangers are a true 2.5" but it seems the springs are actually only 2.25" wide. So my shackles are at what looks like an unhealthy angle \ /. Has anyone else found this to be a problem? Did I buy the wrong hangers?
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Unread 04-29-2013, 01:51 AM   #566
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The OME bushes are smaller in the shackle hangers and larger in the springs which fix the issue you have. I have a pic in this thread somewhere. You may not have noticed and put them in the wrong way around. Aftermarket bushes may not have this feature.

Edit: found it

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Ahhhhh thanks VooDoo2 im sure thats it. Ill check it out this weekend. Appreciate your help
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Unread 04-30-2013, 05:02 PM   #569
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Shocks for OME 2.5 conversion

OK i installed my 2.5 spring coversion back in 2009. I did got the conversion from Rocky Road Outfitters (springs, frount shakles, shock mounts front and rear and stabilizer mount (front). It has been awesome! A huge improvment over stock on and off road performance.
Currently I am running some Tuff Country shocks that I had on my prior suspension but I think that my ride could be further improved by changing out to some other shocks with more travel. Any member recommendations (OME, Bilsteins)?
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I've liked my OMEs, but I haven't been impressed with the durability of the finish on them. Small rocks chip the paint easily, exposing bare metal, and leading to early rust.

When I buy a new set, I will probably go Bilstein, because I know their finish lasts a lot longer.

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