The addition of 32" tires may require the addition of a 2" spacer lift thus causing this query: Which one?
My goal is to maintain or hopefully improve the stock ride quality.
I hear that if I go with a 2" spacer lift, the stock shocks on my 2000 Sahara may be too short, and will need to add longer shocks?
I hear the OME nitrocharger shocks are really good, but at ~$70 each plus the ~$120 cost of a Teraflex spacer kit causes me to wonder if it would be better to go with the OME suspension system that includes the spacers, shocks, new springs, transfer case lowering kit, and track bar relocation bracket for ~$650. What do you think, and are the last two items in that kit necessary?
This OME lift system is offered in three different versions: Light load, Medium load, and Heavy Load. I'm guessing that if I want to tow something, I will need the Heavy load version? What is your recommendation?
$650 is a lot of money for me right now, but I would be willing to wait and buy it later if it was worth it. Is there a less expensive way to get a quality spacer lift?
I see the Skyjacker 2" spacer lift kit with nitro shocks listed for ~$260. Is this a good deal, or would I be better off going with something else?
If your only looking for 2" of lift and you want to improve your stock ride then your better off with the OME 2.5" kit. OME was designed to improve on the stock ride. I have a 3" tera-flex with DT3000's shocks and it rides just as good as stock but my setup for my jeep is geared a little more for off-road than on. If your looking to stay mostly on the road rather than off then go with OME, nicer ride. RE makes a great lift for off-road but many (and this includes people from my jeep club) say it's a little rough on the highway. As for spacers w/longer shocks it will get you the 2" you want and if your sticking to the highway your fine but I don't trust spacers for 4 wheelin, atleast nothing to challenging.
My RE kit drives better on road than my Tera did, many Tera owners claim the RE kit drives worse on road but very few have first hand experience with each kit.
The main determining factors for on road ride are suspension geometry, control arm bushings, and shocks. Coils have very very little to do with ride quality and I'm willing to bet if you drove a Jeep with Tera coils, OME coils, RE coils, even Skyjacker coils but had the same shocks the vehicle throughout the coil swaps you couldn't tell a noticable difference in ride quality. I just had a customer switch from the complete OME 2" kit with OME shocks to a 4.5" RE Super Flex with OME shocks and he told me he thought the 4.5" RE kit drove just as well if not better than the OME.
Spacers would work just as well off road as coils and I don't understand why you'd be concerned off road with spacers ? The shocks (assuming you're disconnected) will be your limiting factor for flex, so you would gain the same amount of flex and same level of off road performance with the RE spacer kit as if you swapped in the OME kit with new coils.
For a 2" kit I'd recommend the RE kit w/ spacers and shocks. OME makes a great product but for the same amount of money you could have a 3.5" RE w/ shocks which would perfom just as well on road and a lot better off road. If you are dead set on a maximum 2" lift and want to run heavy bumpers and a winch, that's when I'd recommend the OME kit.
Last edited by redrock4x4; 06-30-2003 at 12:58 PM..