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Old October 20th, 2012, 06:09 PM
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OME Rear Shock Trouble

Perhaps some of you guys could help out a new D90 owner. Last month i had OME springs and shocks installed. 235/85-16 BFGs as well. Rest pretty much stock.

Anyway. Was on a mild trail yesterday - Hurricane Creek near NC/TN border. First time off road with new suspension. Went into a ditch, came out and heard strange noises. Checked it out and my driver side rear shock had come off the bottom mount and was hanging loose. Looked closer and found that the lower mount hardware was gone and the lower bolt thread on the shock was stripped. So all I can figure is that there was so much pressure that the lower mount pushed the nut off the bolt and stripped its threads.

Anyone ever heard or seen anything like this? What might have caused it? It was a small ditch, nothing extreme. Thanks.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 06:56 PM
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If the OME stuff was brand new I would wager like Jeff said that the installers took the impact and snotted up the lower threads pretty damn good. Once it had some articulation it popped out.

Or if they were used there must have been some damage to the threads on both.

Or whoever installed just didn't tighten them at all. What does the other side look like?
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Old October 20th, 2012, 07:21 PM
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You can take the shock off and still drive around. If they were new, whoever installed them should replace it.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 08:28 PM
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Thanks guys. They were brand new so I'm betting something went wrong on the install. Just checked the others and they look all right.

The rest of the story is, yes I just took the strut off and tried to finish the trail. Was almost done when that left rear spring dislocated. :-( of course I didn't have my high lift with me. So I had to finish (very slowly) with a dislocated spring. Of course then the spring then started cutting into the tire. So when I finished I crawled to the nearest shop for them to lift, relocate spring, put on spare tire. Gonna be an expensive fix for all this now.
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Hopefully that's a lesson to never wheel again without your Hi-Lift
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Old October 21st, 2012, 08:00 AM
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Hopefully that's a lesson to never wheel again without your Hi-Lift
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Old October 21st, 2012, 08:36 AM
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and to change shops. Whom ever installed that shock and fubar'ed it and didn't say anything should be avoided
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I've got a pair of rear nitrochargers (used) if you want to stick with the OME and the shop flakes on replacing.
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Thanks guys. I'll let you know if I need a replacement after I talk with them.
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That happened to someone at URE this weekend. I remember them coming up to me and showing the removed OME shock with the shaft that had a sheared head on it.
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That happened to someone at URE this weekend. I remember them coming up to me and showing the removed OME shock with the shaft that had a sheared head on it.
Interesting. A bad production batch? I had planned on going to URE but couldn't make it, so I did the local trail instead. After this happened I was glad I didn't make the trek down to URE to have this happen down there.
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Interesting. A bad production batch? I had planned on going to URE but couldn't make it, so I did the local trail instead. After this happened I was glad I didn't make the trek down to URE to have this happen down there.
Not sure I would say it is a bad production run but you never know. What I do know it is easy to strip the hell out of the shaft and nut if you are not careful and use a impact gun to get them on especially with new rubber bushes.
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I had a shop install some shocks about 10 years ago and he totally stripped the threads on both rear shocks. He did not say anything but I noticed some clanking when going over bumps. Just to aggressive with the impact gun. It kind of pissed me off that the shop did not say anything.
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That might be an over extended issue. The rear shocks are the limiter. This is further compounded with a lifted truck. if you carry too much momentum thorugh a flexy spot there is alot of leverage on the stud. Switching to double eyeleted shocks isn't a bad idea.

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And its easy to do and opens up your shock choices a lot.
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That might be an over extended issue. The rear shocks are the limiter. This is further compounded with a lifted truck. if you carry too much momentum thorugh a flexy spot there is alot of leverage on the stud. Switching to double eyeleted shocks isn't a bad idea.

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Lowered mounts would be a good idea too.
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shock shafts are usually pretty hard steel. They don't strip easily. You have to cross thread them and zap them long and hard with an impact because the shock body will spin and you have to be a real putz to strip one.
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I am willing to help you get a replacement in there if you want to avoid taking it back into the shop. Let me know and we can look over it some weekend
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That happened to someone at URE this weekend. I remember them coming up to me and showing the removed OME shock with the shaft that had a sheared head on it.
Ha, that was me in the D90, OME n25's. Mine busted at the top weld where the shaft is welded to the top, inside the cover, below the eye. The shaft looks fine and the shock appears to work normally. I only have a 2" lift but the shocks have been on the truck for about five years or so. I hate to spend the money but Bilstein 7100's might be in my future.
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