Get OME HD springs front and rear, and bilstein 5100's rear, and 4600hds front. 5100's and 4600's are internally the same shock, just 5100's are chrome finished and longer for the rears. 5100 front struts are adjustable and actually will lift your front end a minimum of .75." You'll need longer shocks in the rear, and stock length in the front hence the mix and match recommendation.
JBA UCA isn't necessary with just OME springs. I'd get the MOOG "Problem Solver" UCA's with the all metal ball joint and zerk fitting.
That should save you a few hundred $$
Hi guys, so i'm about to embark on a lift for my Jeep and I know there are lots of threads out there which I have already scoured but I wanted to ask a few questions specific to my set up and needs.
I was all set to go for the 2" OME HD set up when I saw your post above and
post from another thread (below):
[QUOTE=TwoBobsXK;488137]I'm a little late to the conversation but I do have real world experience with OME HD springs and Bilstein shocks on my '06 Hemi...
First, the lift comes from the springs - shocks have little to do with lift or ride height with the exception of shocks like the Bilstein 5100's which have adjustable ride height. On my Hemi, the springs lifted me about 4 inches in the front and around 3 inches in the rear, making my XK perfectly level. The ride is outstanding - much better than the stock ride, very controlled and not at all harsh. The OME springs are progressive, meaning they give you a smooth and controlled ride during normal driving but will absorb and rebound well when pushed hard off road or heavily rutted roads.
I have the 4600 series Bilstein shocks and they work very well with the OME springs. The installation is pretty straightforward, though as noted earlier if the lower clevis bolt is seized in the control arm bushing it becomes a real bear. In my case I was fortunate enough to be able to remove the lower clevis bolt and didn't have to resort to a grinder or sawzall to cut it out. Since my XK had about 110,000 miles on it when I did the project I decided to replace the lower control arms as a unit and lathered up the clevis bushing with anti-seize for ease of removal in the future. The rear shock and spring replacement was easy, but to make it smoother I disconnected the sway bar link so the axle could drop further without hitting the fuel tank. DO NOT attempt to compress and assemble the front shock and spring assemblies! Far too dangerous for portable spring compressors in the garage. I take mine to a local shop where they assemble them for $40 and then I bring it back to them for an alignment once I've done the installation of springs and shocks. They've done the job for me on two Jeeps now and no way I'd try to do that job at home - and I do all my own wrenching.
My Jeep, driving and what I want to achieve:
- Got the 2006 Hemi, 110,000 QDii
- I've got 1.25" spacers
- Extra weight is my family of 5 (3 young kids), Northern Innuit dog and bags (not everyday)
- Pretty much all road driving aside from some tracks nearby to get to areas for dog walks, not for offroading
- I def want to stiffen up the ride as can't stand the bounce I'm currently getting
- I'd like to be able to do is run 265/75/17s on the stock wheels - Tacomaworld suggest that would be 32.65
- I don't want to mess around with new ucas (unless my ball joints are gone when I will probably just go for the Moog problem solvers)
- I don't want to mess up geometry or driveshafts, I want to keep the lift as simple as possible.
My questions are:
1 - is there any reason you would go for Bilstein shocks over the OME shocks when using the OME HD coils?
2 - if I go with OME coils am I best to stick to OME shocks?
3 - do the OME HD springs level the Commander as I see conflicting posts on this with people using spacers still to lift the front?
4 - would going with the OME HD coils and the Bilstein 5100s or 5125s front and back give me more height than just going with OME set up? Or would you go with 4600s at the front
5 - if I'm after the most stable ride on undulating roads and round corners which should I go for?
6 - is there another option I'm not considering (don't want to just use spacers as I really want the better quality (stiffer) ride)
7 - I saw a post on this thread talking about getting a 5" lift with the OME, what is that all about? Is there a safe way of getting more lift out of the OME setup?
Thanks for any and all thoughts on this....