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OME Spring Advice

Photocycler

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I am looking to add the OME 2" lift kit and wanted to get some advice on which springs to go with.

For the front when i add a bumper it will be a light one, same with the winch...I will be going with something in the 60lb range (using synthetic rope).

For the rear I have no plans for a rear tire carrier or heavy rear bumper. Running a 31" spare on the tailgate.

In the winter I do run a hardtop, aside from that do not cargo except for a aluminum hitch mounted bike rack with a MTB when hitting the trails.

I do a fair amount of city and highway driving more than trail. Ride comfort is important to me so trying to figure out if I could get away with the light load springs or should just go with heavy and deal with a potentially harsher ride.
 

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My TJ has no AC (for consideration of whatever that weighs) and I run a Warn M8000 with synthetic line on the stock bumper with a RC winch plate. I have half doors and soft top, a 40lb aftermarket rear bumper, rear seat, and a 31" tire on a stock steel wheel on the OEM tire carrier. With this setup, I elected to go with OME heavy front and light rear springs. Realistically, I probably could have gone with light springs in the front as well, but with the heavy front / light rear combination, the rear already sits 1.5" - 1.75" higher in the rear. For what it's worth, I'm running the lighter valved OME shocks on each end. I believe a hardtop would likely bring down the rear 0.75" or so, leaving a slight rake (which would be perfect to my eye).

Here's a pic on my sloped driveway showing how it sits. (Sorry for the driveway pic, I'm still breaking in gears so no action shots yet.)

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I am looking to add the OME 2" lift kit and wanted to get some advice on which springs to go with.

For the front when i add a bumper it will be a light one, same with the winch...I will be going with something in the 60lb range (using synthetic rope).

For the rear I have no plans for a rear tire carrier or heavy rear bumper. Running a 31" spare on the tailgate.

In the winter I do run a hardtop, aside from that do not cargo except for a aluminum hitch mounted bike rack with a MTB when hitting the trails.

I do a fair amount of city and highway driving more than trail. Ride comfort is important to me so trying to figure out if I could get away with the light load springs or should just go with heavy and deal with a potentially harsher ride.
My TJR is heavy. Bumpers, tire carrier, Rotopax, winch, Turbo, A/C, hardtop. I tried the light load springs and although they rode better they were not adequate for the weight. Even with the heavy load springs, the rear bottoms out a bit too easy.
 

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I am looking to add the OME 2" lift kit and wanted to get some advice on which springs to go with.

For the front when i add a bumper it will be a light one, same with the winch...I will be going with something in the 60lb range (using synthetic rope).

For the rear I have no plans for a rear tire carrier or heavy rear bumper. Running a 31" spare on the tailgate.

In the winter I do run a hardtop, aside from that do not cargo except for a aluminum hitch mounted bike rack with a MTB when hitting the trails.

I do a fair amount of city and highway driving more than trail. Ride comfort is important to me so trying to figure out if I could get away with the light load springs or should just go with heavy and deal with a potentially harsher ride.
OME used to have a great reputation for a good ride with their 2" springs and OME Nitrocharger shocks but it was those shocks that provided the good ride, not the springs. So OME no longer makes the Nitrocharger, they replaced it with the much stiffer Nitrocharger Sport that not many TJ owners are fans of.

Personally I'd get some 2" ProComp springs and Rancho RS5000x shocks and enjoy the ride. That combination works well.
 
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My TJ has no AC (for consideration of whatever that weighs) and I run a Warn M8000 with synthetic line on the stock bumper with a RC winch plate. I have half doors and soft top, a 40lb aftermarket rear bumper, rear seat, and a 31" tire on a stock steel wheel on the OEM tire carrier. With this setup, I elected to go with OME heavy front and light rear springs. Realistically, I probably could have gone with light springs in the front as well, but with the heavy front / light rear combination, the rear already sits 1.5" - 1.75" higher in the rear. For what it's worth, I'm running the lighter valved OME shocks on each end. I believe a hardtop would likely bring down the rear 0.75" or so, leaving a slight rake (which would be perfect to my eye).

Here's a pic on my sloped driveway showing how it sits. (Sorry for the driveway pic, I'm still breaking in gears so no action shots yet.)
Your jeep looks great. Smart upgrades which is what I am trying to go for. So if I am reading your reply correctly, if I went all light it would probably level it out and not have much rake?
 

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Your jeep looks great. Smart upgrades which is what I am trying to go for. So if I am reading your reply correctly, if I went all light it would probably level it out and not have much rake?

Thanks a lot, I appreciate it. To answer your question, no. I'm running heavy front, light rear, and I'm 1.5" - 1.75" high in the rear. If you go with light front, there will probably be even more of a difference between the front and rear.
 
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OME used to have a great reputation for a good ride with their 2" springs and OME Nitrocharger shocks but it was those shocks that provided the good ride, not the springs. So OME no longer makes the Nitrocharger, they replaced it with the much stiffer Nitrocharger Sport that not many TJ owners are fans of.

Personally I'd get some 2" ProComp springs and Rancho RS5000x shocks and enjoy the ride. That combination works well.
I have read that through my extensive research. I like the idea that the OME springs tend to give you more lift then the others. Also, these springs like most things now are hard to find.

As for shocks, I have read many review of people liking them on the street, I figured I can give it a try and swap them out if I feel they are too harsh.
 

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I have read that through my extensive research. I like the idea that the OME springs tend to give you more lift then the others. Also, these springs like most things now are hard to find.

As for shocks, I have read many review of people liking them on the street, I figured I can give it a try and swap them out if I feel they are too harsh.
Ok it's your ride but be aware when people talk about how good the OME shocks ride they're talking about the older Nitrocharger like I used to run... not their current Nitrocharger Sport. At least if they ARE TJ owners. And with your TJ's light weight, according to you, nearly any 2" spring will give you more than 2".
 
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I would ditch the OME springs altogether for something else personally. I don’t think the springs are anything special.
 
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Ok it's your ride but be aware when people talk about how good the OME shocks ride they're talking about the older Nitrocharger like I used to run... not their current Nitrocharger Sport. At least if they ARE TJ owners. And with your TJ's light weight, according to you, nearly any 2" spring will give you more than 2".

Can you confirm which of the 2 valving options that OME offers are the ones that generate the complaints? They do offer a choice between a softer and a firmer valving option.
 

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2933 front/2941 rear. If you elect 2942's rear, be prepared to add spacers up front to level the jeep some, unless you like a high rake.

Or, go Procomp or BDS on the springs. the slight amount of spring rate amongst the (TJ) offerings isn't going to change your ride comfort. Shocks and a proper travel bias will.
 

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2933 front/2941 rear. If you elect 2942's rear, be prepared to add spacers up front to level the jeep some, unless you like a high rake.

Or, go Procomp or BDS on the springs. the slight amount of spring rate amongst the (TJ) offerings isn't going to change your ride comfort. Shocks and a proper travel bias will.
Thanks for posting. I should have clarified that when I was referring to running a heavy front / light rear, I’m referring to the 2933 / 2941 combo.

From what I’ve been seeing, the ProComp rears are NLA, although you can still find fronts.
 
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From what I’ve been seeing, the ProComp rears are NLA, although you can still find fronts.
This has been my experience. I know there are the RC springs but if I do eventually decide to sell the jeep a lot of people will be turned away from RC parts. I can understand that they make some good things but unfortunately the general consensus is RC is bad.
 

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This has been my experience. I know there are the RC springs but if I do eventually decide to sell the jeep a lot of people will be turned away from RC parts. I can understand that they make some good things but unfortunately the general consensus is RC is bad.
Their springs will be ok, paint them gloss black so no one will know they're RC.
 
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What are everyone's thoughts on the Terraflex springs? I see they make a kit with a trackbar relocation and bumpstops
 

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What are everyone's thoughts on the Terraflex springs? I see they make a kit with a trackbar relocation and bumpstops
My Teraflex shit turned to shit, I stopped wanting anything to do with them and their stuff.

As you can see from my Teraflex windshield decal on my previous TJ, I did like them at one time. Damn, I still had dark hair back then.

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