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I know that yall hear this same old question time and time again but being new to the jeep world, i'm clueless. What are your thoughts on the old man emu lifts or the best lift in general?
 

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OME is some great stuff... Most of the Companies are good, I know RE is way excellent and I personally love Skyjacker (although I bought a RC kit).
 

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i have zj skyjacker my freind said they were for 3.5 but gave me 4.5. I haven't wheeled them yet but my jeep is very soft when i jump on it.
 

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I've not once seen an xj or mj nor any other vehicle running an ome.

I've heard almost nothing about them.

i've looked at their MJ rear suspension setup and rated it at a FAIL rating.

I've looked at their front suspension (as close as I can) and rate it slightly above Rusty's from what I can tell.

NONE of that is good in my book.
 

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i think that they have great stuff, butttttt it may be priced a little high for the amount of lift it gives you thats why we dont hear much about them.
 

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i think that they have great stuff, butttttt it may be priced a little high for the amount of lift it gives you thats why we dont hear much about them.
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Although OME offers a good product, they are pretty overpriced. This is mainly why people stay away from them. I'm a big fan of Rubicon Express. Their kits are very complete, very durable, and installs are usually a breeze. They also flex very well, and offer a great combination of on and offroad worthiness. They are on the higher end of the price scale, but not quite at the OME level - you really do get a great product though.
 

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I've not once seen an xj or mj nor any other vehicle running an ome.

I've heard almost nothing about them.

i've looked at their MJ rear suspension setup and rated it at a FAIL rating.

I've looked at their front suspension (as close as I can) and rate it slightly above Rusty's from what I can tell.

NONE of that is good in my book.
Here ya go. Mine with OME 2" and stock tires:



OME with spacers and OME AAL:



OME is overpriced but you gotta think about quality. The coils and springs give you an outstanding ride, on or off road. I've run OME kits on both my XJ and ex TJ and I can say it's the best darn kit I ever ran on a jeep and my friends say there's no comparison when it comes to their RC and Skyjacker kits. The ride is simply THAT good. :thumbsup:
 

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My Dads 97 TJ has an OME 2" lift and it rides better than stock, granted it was alot more $$$ than other kits, it flexes well and rides better than the Skyjacker lift I had one my TJ
 

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OME is simply the best kit out there that you can buy if ride quality & durability are your criteria. I've had an OME 3" kit on my XJ for years, and last year we added 2" spacer up front, plus 1" lift shackles & OME full length AAL in rear. I beat the snot out of my XJ when I go wheeling and my suspension has yet to embarrass me or fail me. Flexes like everyone else, maybe better. Then I drive home comfy. Yes, it's expensive and I whined about the price, but I bought it. Dirk at DPG Offroad will give you a great deal.





 

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OME are supposed to be real nice for ride quality. the only thing with a lot of the lifts from OME is they reuse parts or the kits dont come with all the same as the rest out there. as for COMPLETE lift RE would be the way to go and the close runner up and way cheaper would be Rough Country. how tall were you thinking about going?
 

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OME is nice, but too pricey for me. Yeah yeah, you get what you pay for, I get that... but this is a recession people! :D I have the Rubicon Express 3.5" Superflex kit, and I love it. Heavy duty, high quality components, came with longer lower control arms, sway bar quick disconnects, and longer stainless steel rear brake lines, as well as in-depth instructions on how to retain your factory front brake lines and trac bar. Rides good, and performs great off-road.



 

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Muddeprived, nice rig, but AAL's are absolutely NOT quality no matter what. any way you go, a kit coming with AAL's is worth a sack of crap, because it will fail and sag. some have luck, but that's oh, 20 out of a hundred, if that.
 

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Concur with the last post as far as AAL developing butt sag at an early age. OME stuff rides and flexes great but, their lifts are minimal and their prices are OUTRAGEOUS. They should talk to their buddies over at Aussie Locker. Now there is an awesome product from Australia that has a great price, too.
 

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Muddeprived, nice rig, but AAL's are absolutely NOT quality no matter what. any way you go, a kit coming with AAL's is worth a sack of crap, because it will fail and sag. some have luck, but that's oh, 20 out of a hundred, if that.
Just so you know, I have Old Man Emu AAL's. They are not like traditional AAL you see out there. These aren't thick-as$ springs that you add for lift. They are actually designed to increase spring rate 20%, not lift it, but you do get some lift out of them and they do not sag because it's been over a year and i've hauled a bunch of stuff and no sagging. The OME AAL is pretty much the main leaf with the bushing ends cut off. It's like adding another stock xj leaf to a stock xj pack. OME designed their AAL to compliment their spring packs so they balance them out really well, unlike other manufacturers who just make a regular AAL spring to add to anything and these normally ride rough. I had Rough country AAL as my first lift and it....well.....SUCKED! It rode so rough and I took it off a couple weeks later. When i added the OME AAL to my OME pack, there was no change in ride quality, which surprised me until I researched on what exactly the OME leaf spring is (technically not an AAL ;)).
 

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OME is simply the best kit out there that you can buy if ride quality & durability are your criteria. I've had an OME 3" kit on my XJ for years, and last year we added 2" spacer up front, plus 1" lift shackles & OME full length AAL in rear. I beat the snot out of my XJ when I go wheeling and my suspension has yet to embarrass me or fail me. Flexes like everyone else, maybe better. Then I drive home comfy. Yes, it's expensive and I whined about the price, but I bought it. Dirk at DPG Offroad will give you a great deal.





Hey dude, how much lift are you running? It seems we have pretty much identical rigs here (lift-wise). I have OME 2" kit, with OME AAL, coil spacers, shackles and still running OME 2" shock absorbers. I have a hard time parting with the shocks cuz they are so darn nice so i found a way to extend them :) I'm currently at 4.5" with RC's drop brackets. It rides like a dream :thumbsup: Did you keep your shocks or swap em out for longer ones?
 

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wicked xj - I am near the Casinos.

JeepCoMJ - Like Mud says, we refer to it as an AAL simply because you add it to the OME full leaf pack. But it functions differently from the traditional AAL's, & no sag. I think Mud explains it perfectly. It's the leaf they'd include from the factory if they were making the same leaf pack with a higher rate & a little bit more lift. I think the extra inch is a bonus, not a goal. In other words, this leaf would pretty much not give the results you're looking for if you added it to another brand or stock pack looking to add lift height.

muddeprived said:
Hey dude, how much lift are you running? It seems we have pretty much identical rigs here (lift-wise). I have OME 2" kit, with OME AAL, coil spacers, shackles and still running OME 2" shock absorbers. I have a hard time parting with the shocks cuz they are so darn nice so i found a way to extend them I'm currently at 4.5" with RC's drop brackets. It rides like a dream Did you keep your shocks or swap em out for longer ones?
I'm about at 5" in the back, a hair under in the front. Yes, we're almost identical, but my front springs were the OME ZJ springs which gave 3". The rear leafs were 3" on the manufacturer's site (I might be able to get a part # or link), the AAL gave 1" and the JKS shackles added 1". I'm running OME long travel shocks, though.
And um ... I'm a girl :D.
 
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