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OME Dakar vs Wheeler's Leaf Pacs: which is better?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by james, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Mar 9, 2011 at 5:02 AM
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    james

    james [OP] In over my head...

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    I'm going to have to replace the stock suspension on my '98 Extracab. It's just too saggy. On a recent trip, loaded down from Seattle to Alaska along the Alcan Highway, I had to stop off and install some RideRite airbags to manage my load. (that saved my truck).

    But it was still a stop-gap measure. I need a new suspension. So I was going to spring for an OME 881s with their matched Nitrochargers and replace the sagging leaf springs in back. I was going to go with Dakars (for lack of a more suitable option), but there's a group buy going on right now for some of the in-house Wheeler's leaf packs....that are – get this – more expensive than the OME Dakars. Why? I've got a couple of questions for you experts:

    How will the Dakars feel on my truck compared to a thoroughly worn out stock leaves in back? How would the more expensive Wheelers leaf packs feel?

    Second question: Do my RideRite air bags affect my choice of rear leaf packs? I don't really want to sell them: they're useful. I think the airbags are pretty much taking the weight in the back...I don't think this will change with a new back end, will it?

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Mar 9, 2011 at 5:22 PM
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    james [OP] In over my head...

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  3. Mar 11, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    Call them and ask, but I think the short answer is OME Dakars are designed for carrying more weight, while the Wheelers springs are designed to have more flex and softer ride while running unloaded or lightly loaded.
     
  4. Mar 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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  5. Mar 11, 2011 at 7:15 PM
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    james

    james [OP] In over my head...

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    Well, if that's true about the Wheeler's, well, then that sounds like what I need. I use the truck as a daily driver and a softer rear end would be something I'd appreciate in the long run. And, hey, if I've got the airbags back there, weight management isn't a problem. Super cool information. Thanks you guys.
     
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