Originally Posted by Taco Libre
so... been a while and i am curious if this ever went over as planned? i'm interested in a look at how she sits today.
I forgot I put up this post months ago, lol.
The install went fine. I did not have a spring compressor, but attached the strut to the LCA and jacked it up through the spring until I could get the top bolt on. Lots of nay sayers will advise against this, but just be careful and it works fine.
As far as the 885s on the AC, I am happy with the ride height. I got about 2.75" in the front, not sure the exact measurements in the rear, but I regret not getting the 2" AAL as after it has settled, it sits perfectly level, unless I have a load in the back, then it is just slightly nose high (I have a midrise canopy on the back as well.)
My Alignment was:
My alignment numbers aren't bad, considering I did not go with UCAs. After driving like this for several months, I don't have any issues with stability or control, or tracking at highway speeds. UCAs would be un-necessary for me, unless you are looking for more droop. My tires are wearing evenly. I have some very slight vibes since the lift, but only if I am really looking for them do I notice it. Really depends on how picky you are.
I expected a softer ride offroad with the OMEs. They handle great on the road, but ride is noticeably stiffer. This is great for handling, but not so much for comfort. I was expecting a slightly "cushier" ride at fast speeds on potholed, gravel roads. Not so much. In retrospect, I wish I would have saved a while longer and went with a Mid-travel setup, with some higher end shocks.
All that being said, I am pretty happy with the setup. I have a great stance, added ground clearance, all while being somewhat subtle. I had no desire to look like a redneck truck jacked up to he sky. I wanted function over form. It suits my lifestyle well.
I would recommend this lift for anyone looking for a small lift, mostly for pavement driving, with the occasional offroad use. If you are doing any serious backroad exploring, save your money for a mid/long travel setup. The shocks are still far too stiff/too little travel for any backroad travel at speed. Good bang for your buck though if you are looking for an entry level suspension.
OME 885x on OME Shocks in Front
NO Top plate Spacer
1.5" AAL (On Non-TSB Springs)
OME Nitrocharger Shocks in the Rear
1.25" Spidertrax Wheel Spacers
265/75/16 Goodyear Duratrac
Leer 180 Canopy
**Note the truck does actually sit level, it looks like the gap in the rear is smaller, only due to the unlevel terrain I am parked on.