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Old October 30th, 2014, 03:39 PM
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Are OME shocks worth it?

I recently purchased a 1972 S3.As expected it is a rough ride but I think it is time for some new shocks. I can pick up a new basic set for about $100 but is it worth the extra money to upgrade to OME shocks?

Also, how do I know when I should replace the springs? I have no idea how old the current springs are but if I change out the shocks should I do the springs at the same time? If so do I stay with the standard leaf springs or go with parabolic springs?

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Old October 30th, 2014, 03:43 PM
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There is no reason to ever replace springs. They don't wear out. OME shocks are nothing spectacular. I doubt it really matters much with stock leaf springs. One thing you can do to help out the rough ride is to open the leafs up, clean the surfaces and get a bit of lube in there. When not used off road a lot, they tend to rust together and not slide, which makes them quite stiff.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 04:03 PM
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By the way, I have a S3 88.
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Leaf springs will go flat or will load up with rust and actually cause the leaves to break. Usually happens if the vehicle is left to sit for long periods. There should be a slight arch to the spring with no visible rust between the leaves.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 04:25 PM
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Thanks Red90! Any special lube you would use?
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Old October 30th, 2014, 04:54 PM
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Slap a new set of parabolic springs under her and it will improve the ride greatly..
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Old October 30th, 2014, 07:34 PM
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I have both parabolics and leafs on two different trucks. At the end of the day it's still a Series, leaf sprung truck.

2 leaf Rocky Mountains front and back with either OME shocks or the Pro Comp shocks give the truck a nice ride and a great stance.

I have not experienced any sagging from the parabolics long term, but others have. On the next truck, I will likely try a nice set of custom leafs.

It kinda boils down to how much you want to spend, I don't think OME shocks alone are going to blow your mind.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 10:04 PM
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I know you dont have coil but for those new guys...coil springs do wear out, either through load or defect don't discount the possibility when diagnosing a problem. IMO, OME are worth the expense.

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I installed parabolics on a Series, and I thought it was a night a day difference. It still rode like shit, but a huge improvement.
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Old November 1st, 2014, 08:54 PM
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Thanks everyone for the help! I took it off road for the first time today and forced the springs to flex and move. It was probably the first time in who knows how long they've actually had to. The ride is a bit better now but I'm interested in those Rocky Mountain parabolics. I'll start saving. Cheers!
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