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Old 04-21-2013, 08:37 AM  
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Im a samarai owner since 1987 when I bought her off the showroom floor. She is in desperate need of a facelift/Makeover! It has sat in my garage for ten years for the time for me to do it and Im ready.. Can anyone help me on suggestions for a cheap small lift but want a better ride comfort wise. Weve lost all our four wheelin spots to new homes so I want to make her road worthy but still be able to go off road here and there with the excellent results Ive had in my past where this lil thing went through anything.. fun times.. Im leanin towards the spoa , but really need help here!!! Lookin for maybe 3-5 inches lift? whatever I can get away with so im not messin with it to the danger area... Ive heard about cj springs,, theirs alot of options? Help!!!!
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I didn't want to mess with steering upgrades or gearing problems so i went with "Old Man Emu" Samurai Spring under axle lift with 29" tires (235x75x15)..... the springs alone gave me about a 2.5" lift plus whatever size tire upgrade you do..... the ride is definitely much better but i lost some top end on the Interstate with the bigger tires and it was much better with the 26" tires (215x75x15)
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I just put a OME lift on mine, new springs, shocks, steering damper. This lifted it about 2 inches and made the ride much better. I am impressed with this system. I have the stock size tires not wanting to loose any speed it has.
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:23 AM  
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The OME springs are a great upgrade and gave me just enough beef in the trails to go most anywhere...... I'm not crazy about the 29" tires as i justcan't get up enough steam on the highway to keep it in 5th gear. so i may drop back down to 26" tires as my top end was better then or find some money and get a transfer case with reduced gears but which ones exactly still has me confused.
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:07 PM  
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The OME lift is a good entry level lift.
I'd recomend it over a SPOA.
Especially for you're needs as you described them.
(Any SPOA lift is going to require steering, shock , axle rap, brake and stability corrections....)

You should also look into the YJ in a spua set up.
A bit more lift and a much better ride. And of course more $$$$


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The OME springs are a great upgrade and gave me just enough beef in the trails to go most anywhere...... I'm not crazy about the 29" tires as i just can't get up enough steam on the highway to keep it in 5th gear. so i may drop back down to 26" tires as my top end was better then or find some money and get a transfer case with reduced gears but which ones exactly still has me confused.
4.6:1 is perfect for tires up to 31".

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[quote=Boxcar;590321]The OME lift is a good entry level lift.
I'd recomend it over a SPOA.
Especially for you're needs as you described them.
(Any SPOA lift is going to require steering, shock , axle rap, brake and stability corrections....)
Where i go the SUA is perfect..... If i was rock climbing etc i would go differently


You should also look into the YJ in a spua set up.
A bit more lift and a much better ride. And of course more $$$$
The YJ setup surely would be better but it looks like i would have had to re-fabricate the front bumper to get it to fit......some underside body armor would help relieve the tension of cracking open my transfer case




4.6:1 is perfect for tires up to 31".
4.6:1 sounds good as my transfer case is the only old part i have in there and could use some updating...... thanks for the numbers
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The YJ setup surely would be better but it looks like i would have had to re-fabricate the front bumper to get it to fit......some underside body armor would help relieve the tension of cracking open my transfer case
Don't know. Havent seen you're bumper.
Body armor is a big YES. ALLWAYS... JMHO
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I have the stock bumper up front and the YJ springs stick out forward so would need a newer style bumper...... maybe down the road but the OME's are fine for now.
I remember seeing your build of that zuk......first class job you did
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I have the YJ conversion and the ride is very improved over the CJ RUF it had when I got it.

It seems to be ridiculously capable, I run out of balls before it does.

I did just install a Subspeed bumper & Engo winch and that did require a mod to the missing link stop. Sawzall, welder and 30 minutes to move it over.

I have 4 leafs but I hear 3 gets you an even better ride and crazy flexy for a leaf setup. I needed the capacity to put more weight onbaord though so its right for me.

Any samurai I own in the future will get the YJ setup as a high priority, even for mostly street use the improved ride is great.
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I took a better look at my front stock bumper and it has the spring shackles sitting below the stock bumper so the YJ springs would fit without modifications...... I use my zuk for gold prospecting so when i ordered the OME springs i got the extra heavy duty for the rear and i've loaded it up to the ceiling inside with gear and took it thru some really bad terrain and never once bottomed out. the spartan Locker i threw up front was a big improvement to get me over the rough spots. i would like to get a two stick transfer case as i do a lot of riding in 2 wheel low with the hubs unlocked til i need them (hope i'm not hurting anything)......and i do tow it behind my Ram Pickup occasionally
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