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Old November 16th, 2012, 08:29 AM
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Best Shocks/Springs Upgrade for a D90

I have stock shocks/springs on my '95 NAS D90 ST that I would like to upgrade. I don't plan on doing much wheeling at all, maybe some light trails down the road. And I don't plan on towing anything or carrying extra heavy loads except my skinny wife, 2 small kids, couple of bikes attached to the tow hitch or my Rola Adventure system packed with vacation shit. I would like to get 2 inches of lift. I don't want to cheapest ones out there but also don't need the most expensive.

What do you guys think are good for my needs? (Josh - I did a quick search but didn't see anything

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Update: I also plan on adding an Arb bullbar front bumper with winch in the future.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 08:33 AM
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I may have a little tunnel vision as I have used the OME for the past 20 years on all my Defenders. I have used the RTE on Discos and been well pleased there as well.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 08:44 AM
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the Olde Man Emu shocks of course!
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Old November 16th, 2012, 08:47 AM
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I figured I'd get a bunch of OME calls from you guys but they seem to be on the high end, no? What about Terrafirma medium duty? They seem to be in the medium range price-wise? Anyone have them? Or OME all the way...?
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Old November 16th, 2012, 09:21 AM
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If you are keeping stock sized rubber, I'd say keep the stock springs. I think added protection like sliders or diff guards and some recovery would go further/better for you for running light trails.

For the front bumper, maybe just a Mantec if you aren't planning on anything too crazy off road wise.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 09:57 AM
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I can't imagine, why you would lift it....

Koni 8240SPX are fabulous for ride control and comfort. OMEs are a bit stiffer than stock, and have the same mediocre ride. If you want stiffer, there are Bilstiens.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 10:16 AM
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I can't imagine, why you would lift it....

Koni 8240SPX are fabulous for ride control and comfort. OMEs are a bit stiffer than stock, and have the same mediocre ride. If you want stiffer, there are Bilstiens.
Thanks for the info. I'm not doing this just to lift it. I'm upgrading 17 year old shocks & springs. All the replacements/upgrades seem to offer this.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 10:36 AM
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Thanks for the info. I'm not doing this just to lift it. I'm upgrading 17 year old shocks & springs. All the replacements/upgrades seem to offer this.
You state you do not plan on any real off road use. Why lift it? Mileage, handling and ride all get worse with a lift.
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I'd replace all your bushings while your at it. If they are original like everything else, they are probably a little worn.

You can do Bilsteins and some Land Rover Heavy Duty Springs. I like the Bilsteins with stock springs.
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I'd replace all your bushings while your at it. If they are original like everything else, they are probably a little worn..
My opinion... Only replace them if they are dead. The quality of new bushings is horrible compared to the originals.
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You state you do not plan on any real off road use. Why lift it? Mileage, handling and ride all get worse with a lift.
For Bigger tires down the road. Don't care about gas mileage.
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For Bigger tires down the road. Don't care about gas mileage.
Spring lifts do not affect tire clearance.
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Spring lifts do not affect tire clearance.
Uhh what?
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Uhh what?
Springs are not what are setting the travel limits of the axle. Bump stops control the compression travel limit. Shocks control the extension travel limit.

A spring lift makes is "seem" there is more clearance as it is harder to reach the bumpstops. But, you can still reach them and the clearance is exactly like stock. In order to change clearance, the bumpstops need to be longer. You would obviously then want longer or relocated shocks and brake lines to get back the lost travel. Trimming is a heck of a lot easier...

What size tires is the OP planing?
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Thanks all. I think I have what I need (and then some...)
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