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Old Man Emu: Questions, Answers & Pictures

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by 4Wheelin4Banger, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Dec 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM
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    yeah ive read about that, I hear the ride is not as good as with the OME struts. ill probably end up going with full light load kit. should I be okay if I leave the factory UCA in?
     
  2. Dec 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM
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    Just got my struts and coils assembled. Upon closer inspection at home, one seems crooked. The top strut mount seems uneven, and there is more space on one side of the coil than the other. I can barely fit the tip of my finger between the strut and coil on one side, easily on the other. Does it look off to you guys? :confused:
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  3. Dec 9, 2013 at 2:30 PM
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    Should be ok with the lighter coil but I'll tell you what, the difference with aftermarket UCAs is incredible. I recommend them.
    My P/S side strut looks similar. Haven't noticed any contact or ill side effects yet.
     
  4. Dec 9, 2013 at 2:54 PM
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    Thanks. I just went back to the shop and they re-did it for me. The coil isolator wasn't quite right. Part of the rubber ring that sinks into the coil was pinched up instead of sitting smoothly inside. It is now in straighter than before. Still is slightly to one side, but it seems to be the plastic cover more than the shock itself. Happy with the shop, they made it right for me no prob. He did scratch the crap out of it though :facepalm:
     
  5. Dec 10, 2013 at 5:38 AM
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  6. Dec 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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    I took it back and they redid the assembly. It looks much better now. $20 per side.
     
  7. Dec 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM
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    wow, that's a lot cheaper than I thought it would be. Good luck in the install.
     
  8. Dec 10, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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    does this look bottomed out to anybody else but me, or am I just trying to convince myself that I need a new suspension?
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  9. Dec 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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    I installed my OME 2" lift yesterday: I used 884 coils with trim packer; 90000 front struts; 60091 rear shocks; and a Toytec 1.5" AAL.

    I didn't have time to install them myself, so I just gave in and had SWAT Customs in Fremont do it - highly recommended shop. Top notch same-day work, reasonable prices and zero bullshit.

    The OME rides WAY better than the stock TRD OR: it's firm but not harsh, with better handling in turns, no brake diving, and much better big hit performance. My OR suspension would bottom out on speed bumps with two bikes and some gear in the bed.

    And the stance is perfect: just enough to actually clear obstacles offroad and look aggressive with minimal rake - without being all Metal Mulisha.

    I'm preaching to the choir here, but holy shit, OME is some badass suspension! I haven't taken measurements yet: I've literally been driving the truck non-stop since I got it. I'm taking my Taco wheeling again in the Siskiyous this weekend on a Klamath River steelhead trip, so I'll have more offroad input later.

    One more point: the lift is subtle enough that my wife is not even aware of it! No explaining necessary...

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  10. Dec 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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    You've done well, and the truck looks great!
     
  11. Dec 11, 2013 at 7:42 PM
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    looks great and good job sneaking it by the wife :thumbsup:
     
  12. Dec 12, 2013 at 5:34 AM
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    Love the truck, any squeaking from the leafs yet? and what are 90000 front struts; 60091 rear shocks?
     
  13. Dec 12, 2013 at 5:47 AM
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    Glad your stoked, looks good. I am torn between billy kit with full leaf pack, vs AAL and your kit with AAL. Only problem as I want my factory ride on the road, and am worried on the road about rear end stiffness. Whats your thoughts on how stiff she is on road? thanks, in advance, love the forum,
     
  14. Dec 12, 2013 at 7:28 AM
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    OME shocks for 2nd gens
     
  15. Dec 12, 2013 at 7:57 AM
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    I recently purchased a 2014 4x4 Tacoma double cab with long bed (non-TRD) (coming off a totaled Frontier LE)

    I've read through a lot this thread and seem to have picked up mixed reviews.

    My intent would be to get about 2.5" to 3" and have the back leveled out. So i was thinking 885's with 1.5" AAL's in the back from Toytec (http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/OME-Tacoma-Suspension-lift-kit_p_231.html). (if something sounds wrong there based on my goal, please let me know!!)

    My acutal question pertains to the need of longer brake lines, new UCA's, etc. I've seen people post that these things are a must and then seen people post that they're unnecessary. Is there a defnitive answer? Are both things additive for more serious offroaders? or are they needed to protect the integrity of the other parts of the suspension?

    If it helps, the truck is my daily driver. The lift would be to allow for larger tires and more ride height with an occasional off-roading trip.

    Thanks Guys
     
  16. Dec 12, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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    No, extended brake lines are not necessary with the 1.5 AAL. They aren't technically a necessity with a full leaf pack either but it's cheap insurance.
     
  17. Dec 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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    Thanks -- what about UCA upgrades? I've read where people say yes and then people also say not necessary.
     
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    It's a hellova good idea for the money. And the improved pedal feel is a bonus.

    Most of the time they are not necessary to achieve a good alignment, but some members have had to install them even with only 2-2.5" of lift. I've had my lift in for a couple years and just finally installed LR UCAs, and I recommend it if you have any inclination of wheeling your truck.
     
  19. Dec 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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    No squeaking from the leafs! They're AALs so I hope that won't be an issue. I don't haul enough to justify the Dakars (even though they are universally regarded as the best).

    The 90000/60091 are the OME Sport shocks, which is all Toytec sells these days - they're a little softer than the old school ones (N140s), which you can still get at Wheeler's. My pal has the older style OME shocks on his 80 Series (not to be confused with a Series 80) and they are valved STIFF!
     
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    And I got this old school OME sticker on ebay.
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