So I am having trouble with my front suspension, and can't seem to decide what is the best solution.
Here is my original setup:
OME complete 3" lift w/886 and TC UCAs. I got it with the 886 coils because I have a winch(synthetic line) mounted up to a CBI front bumper. The front end was higher than 3" of lift when I got everything together. I figured it would settle down, but never really did. The coils seem to be too stiff for the weight of the truck. I noticed while offroading and driving on bumpy roads that there was almost zero compression. I tested my theory by jacking up and lowering the front end a few times in a row and watching the suspension move. It had very little movement, and rested at nearly full extension.
-High CV angles(tore a boot), extremely rough ride, harsh top-outs of coils while going over certain bumps.
Attempted solution/current setup:
-Swap out to 885 coils.
Observations about current setup:
-Ride height lowered significantly. Approx. 1.75" lower.
-MUCH smoother ride quality.
-Weight of vehicle sags suspension to about the half way point of travel.
-CV angles are about parallel with the ground. No more CV boot fins rubbing on each other.
Potential issues with current setup:
-Too soft? Might bottom out too easily?
-Too low. Significant loss of clearance.
-I plan on getting an aftermarket front skid and the added weight will make it sag/bottom out even easier.
-Install top plate spacer: Higher ride height but no added weight support.
-Get heavy skid plate and re-install 886 coils: Maybe added 70+lbs will help sag the heavy coils?
-Will an adjustable coilover like Icon or Sway-a-way be my best solution? Expensive stuff so hard to justify...
-Can I get a custom rate spring for my OME that would be somewhere between the 885 and 886?
Any opinions appreciated.