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Old November 6th, 2015, 10:30 AM
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recommended shock and spring sets?

Hi All,
I am looking at updating my shocks and springs on my 110 SW. What would you all recommend? I prefer a more normal ride hight (not lifted) and like the more aggressive look with the front slights lower than the back. On road performance is important as most of my driving is around town and interstates. I have heard that the OME shocks and yellow spring sets is a good option. Any other recommendations?
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Old November 6th, 2015, 10:33 AM
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If you want to stay at stock height, then there is no point in changing springs.

Bilsteins are a good choice if road performance is your main concern for shocks.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 10:44 AM
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unfortunately it appears that when the truck was rebuilt in England they put mismatched springs on it. The two front springs are not the same size so the truck actually tilts. New springs in the front are needed at a minimum.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 10:53 AM
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They are not supposed to be the same size. They may just be in the wrong sides and a side to side swap might help. If you want to replace them, then just get some stock springs. Aftermarket springs will give a lift.

The stock fronts NRC8044/8055 are dual rate and 14.5 and 15.1" long, so about 1/2" different from each other. The dual rate is probably a good choice for your desired road use.
NRC8044/5

Do you have front and rear sway bars? If not, those would also help for your desired use.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 11:37 AM
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no sway bars yet ,that is on the list. With the different shock hight should the truck sit level or slightly tilted? Right now there is about a 1"-1-1/2" difference in tire clearance from side to side. Thanks,
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Old November 6th, 2015, 11:48 AM
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Right now there is about a 1"-1-1/2" difference in tire clearance from side to side. Thanks,
Brent
There is something very wrong then. Which side is higher? You will need to investigate the cause of the severe lean.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 11:57 AM
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Park on a level and flat surface and measure the height to the center of all four wheel arches.
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Color codes on springs? If any?
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blown gas charged shock? I've seen tilt before for that reason.
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I have been out of town for the last couple days. I will try to chck the spring colors when I get back. I think one was white and the other yellow if I remember correctly.
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finally got a chance to check. It is a left hand drive truck and the white spring is on the passenger side and the yellow is on the driver's side. The driver side (left hand) sits lower than the passenger side.
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OMEs are good.
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OMEs are good.
RN has free shipping this weekend too.
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4wheelparts sell them and they pretty much have free shipping every day. Just gotta search with OME part number. I just ordered a pair two days ago.
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4wheelparts sell them and they pretty much have free shipping every day. Just gotta search with OME part number. I just ordered a pair two days ago.
I think most of us like to keep our money within the community and support the vendors that support us but each to their own.
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I recently replaced the HD rear springs on my 110 with the stock springs for the Boge rear-levelling scenario & then called these guys about shocks: Coil Sprung - Suspension | GBR Utah

I explained to their suspension guy that my rig would mainly be a in-town & freeway/highway rig & what he sent me are the Bilsteins that he shows for the Discovery 1 (just now noticed that, actually, so I guess I need to call back & verify). Anyway, there's some Bilstein part #'s for various scenarios & a potential resource for you.
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