Upgrading BB to OME
My 2003 TJ 4.0L has been running on a RE 2in BB for about 4 years. I run 33in tires with a 1in BL + MML, wide flares and a Teraflex S/T sway bar, and 4.56 gears. I have been happy with the height, and have no rubbing, bottom-out or driveline vibe. I am carrying a lot more weight, however, with heavy bumpers, winch and tire carrier.
I am thinking of upgrading the springs and shocks to an HD OME lift this year, to get a smoother ride and better articulation, and then doing a belly-up and sye next year to improve my clearance, which about all my Jeep budget can handle.
I don't plan on going to larger tires due to the cost of axle and driveline upgrades, so don't need more height. That means no lockers for now.
The Teraflex sway bar, when locked in Street mode, lets me drive on pavement with no body roll. Unlocked in Trail mode, I get great articulation and control, way better than stock.
The stock springs, however, seem really stiff, and transfer every bump into body, and the RE shocks "chirp" alot on rough roads, not sure when compressing or expanding.
My understanding about the OME suspension is that the longer springs are also "softer" to absorb more bumps while the gas shocks smooth out the recoil.
Does this sound like a reasonable upgrade, or should I be looking towards something like the 3.5 RE Superflex? My understanding is that the RE requires the SYE upgrade right away, but the OME comes with a TC drop kit, which I might be able to remove when I do the belly-up. I need to spread out the cost of the upgrades over a couple of years.
Also, I have heard of people using spacers with the OME to get a little more height and to level. Could I use the RE spacers, or would I need longer shocks? I expect I'd do an adjustable front track bar with the belly-up.
Any perspectives are welcome. Thanks! P.S. Pics in my gallery.