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OME - Rides like low rider

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by czenkov, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. Nov 28, 2010 at 9:40 AM
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    czenkov

    czenkov [OP] New Member

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    I have done the searches - no help. The truck rides real stiff. Here are the specs:
    2004 ExtraCab SR5 4x4
    255/75/16 BFG AT's
    ARB Front Bumper w/M8000 Winch mounted
    OME 882 Front Coils - Heavies
    90004 Front Nitrocharger Sport Shocks
    OME Dakar CS 046R A/B Rear Leaf's
    N85 Rear Nitrocharger's

    I did seem to get more than the advertised 2-2.5" of lift as well - closer to 4..25"(w/spacer, since removed). 1st Pic before lift, 2nd After, and standing level w/KM2's before I changed the tires.

    On rough blacktop it basically makes you feel like you are riding a horse - but out of time with the up and down rhythm. It is quite the shock to your internal's - believe me. However, larger bumps off road are like butter. Nice and smooth. What can I do to achieve a smoother ride? Change springs? Change shocks? To What? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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  2. Nov 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM
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    kcbmx

    kcbmx doing my thing.

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    Try removing your sway bar, really makes the suspension feel like a suspension, atleast for me it did.Just a suggestion, so don't chew me out lol .
     
  3. Nov 28, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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    YellowDog01

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    I think the kit is doing it's job...The OME kit is designed to be off road, and with those 882s with your ARB it will make it a stiff ride on top of that...
    I have the 881s and they are a little stiff, but I think it's a better ride than stock.
    I think that ARB with the 882s might be part of the problem, it's just a heavy bumper!

    Good luck.
     
  4. Nov 28, 2010 at 9:46 AM
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    Snowman

    Snowman I have a problem for your solution…

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    The 2-2.5" lift numbers are over new stock. Yours were probably worn and sagging a fair amount.
    New springs will also settle and soften slightly after a few miles.
     
  5. Nov 28, 2010 at 9:47 AM
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    what psi do you have in the tires?
    the coils will sag and soften up, they all do.
     
  6. Nov 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM
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    on the 1st gen's it makes the truck VERY tippy, I wouldn't suggest doing this.
     
  7. Nov 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM
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    X2, I haven't heard of any 1st gen. doing this.
     
  8. Nov 28, 2010 at 9:56 AM
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    The original springs had 25k miles on them and the bumper/winch had already been installed at that measurement. So that makes a bit of sense. The springs have now been installed for 16k miles and about a year. They have dropped a bit but the ride has not improved - has probably worsened. Truck has 41k on it and is in great shape so do not want to sell - looking for a solution - not willing to accept it as is. That being said I know I need to change the setup to better meet expectations. Just wondering what that setup might look like. Do I install 881's and hope between that and the shocks it mellows a bit? Or do I change the shock and leave the 882's installed. Where to start?

    For example I have a Defender and as purchased it had heavies in front with stiff shock, and medium rear coils with a stiff shock. Changed the rear shock to the softest OME offers and now it rides quite nice. The short wheel base tends to give a harsh ride anyway but the shock helped it relax a bit. In fact now the Defender rides better than the Tacoma!

    Looking for the same change here. Thanks for the ideas!

    Front: 32psi
    Rear: 30psi
     
  9. Nov 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM
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    psi sounds fine, not sure what to tell ya man!
     
  10. Nov 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM
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    I see 2 possible things:

    1. Are you sure OME sent the correct LENGTH springs? 882's can come in several lengths for different applications... If your spring is too long = too much preload, and also why you might have had to ditch the spacer.

    2. Wrong shock choice. Many off-road shocks are more ridgid on the small stuff and softer on the big hits as a result of their specific valving. This is always an issue when trying to outfit a daily driver that sees alot of asphalt. You could potentially benefit by swithcing to a more 'plush' shock.

    -Also with the shocks, they could have been intended for a 1gen on 881s stock otherwise... the 882s and the additional front weight could be 'tricking' your shock valving in a bad way.

    Good luck!
     

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