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Old 06-11-2009, 11:57 AM   #1
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OME 884/5 on a DC?

Okay, I realize OME recommends their 886 coil for the '05-up DC 4x4 models, but let me explain my train of thought.

I'm looking for a stiffer front suspension, but I don't want to gain much height. I'm running the size tire I want with the stock suspension, but I'd like to firm up the response and add some weight carrying capacity. I'm getting the leaf spring TSB done soon (dealer ordered parts yesterday) so I don't mind lifting the front around 1-1.5", but I really don't want the typical 2.5-3" most people strive for.

If I run the 885 (or possibly even 884) with the N140 front shocks, what do you think my net gain in height would be? Would the 1" shorter length of the 884 put me too far down in the N140's travel range to be safe?

Any real world experience with these non-standard combinations is appreciated!
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Okay, I realize OME recommends their 886 coil for the '05-up DC 4x4 models, but let me explain my train of thought.

I'm looking for a stiffer front suspension, but I don't want to gain much height. I'm running the size tire I want with the stock suspension, but I'd like to firm up the response and add some weight carrying capacity. I'm getting the spring TSB done soon (dealer ordered parts yesterday) so I don't mind lifting the front around 1-1.5", but I really don't want the typical 2.5-3" most people strive for.

If I run the 885 (or possibly even 884) with the N140 front shocks, what do you think my net gain in height would be? Would the 1" shorter length of the 884 put me too far down in the N140's travel range to be safe?

Any real world experience with these non-standard combinations is appreciated!
Try the Eibachs for the 1.5 lift and I believe they are stiffer than the 884.
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:25 PM   #3
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Those were my original plan; however, after speaking to Bilstein Tech Support on the phone yesterday, they recommended against running those coils with any of their shocks (to include the 5100) because of the spring rate.

This truck will see extensive offroad and back country use; the stronger spring rate could have detrimental effects on a shock not designed to support it. This is why I'm looking at an OME system.
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Just run the 885 coils with the OME shocks. They might be a little tall at first till they settle. But that should work out arlight since you have a Double Cab Truck (they have more weight up front). Plus for serious off-road, I feel like the OME shocks are a little bit more heavy duty than the bilsteins.
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Thanks Dan. Maybe I'll get 884s and 885s and see which work best for me with the rear TSB. Same rate but different length, right?

884 - 14" 590lb/in
885 - 15" 590lb/in

Is that correct?
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Thanks Dan. Maybe I'll get 884s and 885s and see which work best for me with the rear TSB. Same rate but different length, right?

884 - 14" 590lb/in
885 - 15" 590lb/in

Is that correct?
Yep, the 886 is also 15" but a 600 or higher rate.
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Yep, the 886 is also 15" but a 600 or higher rate.
The 886 is a 650# rate.
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After talking with a local OME fitter, they feel the 884/N140 combo will be taller than I'm hoping. I may look into the possibility of an 883/N139 setup.
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:49 PM   #10
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I think your concern is unwarranted.

883, 884, and 885 are all the same spring rate. There's not a full inch of difference in coil length between the 884 and 885 either, it's only 10mm. The 883 is just 10mm shorter yet. That's less than 1" difference between the 885 and the 883. The local shop sees 3" of lift out of the 885 on a DC. For my particular application, the 883 seems like the most logical choice.
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