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Old April 23rd, 2014, 09:11 PM
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OME shocks question (1995 D90)

I have OME shocks and springs (2" lift) and am about to convert to stock springs (no lift). I have been told by a few folks I can KEEP the OME shocks, even with genuine springs. Before I embark on this project, does anyone disagree? Thx in advance for any advice.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 09:16 PM
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If you stay on the road you should be fine.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 09:21 PM
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Are they plus 2 shocks? I'm pretty sure some of the ome shocks are standard length.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 07:35 AM
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Are they plus 2 shocks? I'm pretty sure some of the ome shocks are standard length.
hmmm. How could I check this? I looked and don't see any markings indicating the spring height/lenght.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 08:42 AM
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How long have you had them? I imagine you could check your invoice or call where you got them for a part number.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 09:01 AM
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I had a 2" OME setup on my 90. Before I sold it I put the stock springs back on and kept the OME shocks. It actually rode very nicely especially when we got new tires for it. With the lighter setup of the ST and no winch/stock front bumper it had enough clearance for 285 width 33's (although I think the GY Duratracs run on the small side).
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hmmm. How could I check this? I looked and don't see any markings indicating the spring height/lenght.
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How long have you had them? I imagine you could check your invoice or call where you got them for a part number.
I don't know, other than what Zack said.

The part numbers for the extended shocks end in L

http://www.arbusa.com/uploads/PDF/ac...erDefender.pdf
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I don't know, other than what Zack said. The part numbers for the extended shocks end in L http://www.arbusa.com/uploads/PDF/ac...erDefender.pdf
Thanks all. Don't have contact with previous owner. But it sounds like it'll be ok to run this spring/shock setup.

Last question. If it turns out the shocks are a problem AFTER I put in the new springs, can I change the shocks without removing the springs again? (Especially those pesky front springs)
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Old April 24th, 2014, 10:09 AM
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Yeah, you could just pull the fronts out of the top.
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Zack, Jafir, Don - thanks
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Old April 24th, 2014, 10:33 AM
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OME do not make shocks that are longer than stock, do they?
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OME do not make shocks that are longer than stock, do they?
They do, in that link I posted it shows that the part numbers end in L.
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Last question. If it turns out the shocks are a problem AFTER I put in the new springs, can I change the shocks without removing the springs again? (Especially those pesky front springs)
If the studs for the shock towers break you will have to remove the front springs.
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They do, in that link I posted it shows that the part numbers end in L.
Okay.... But simply putting in taller springs does not change the amount of possible axle travel.... So the longer shocks must work with stock. If not, they should be mandating longer bump stops.

The "L" models appear to be 20 mm longer compressed and 40 mm longer extended.
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Okay.... But simply putting in taller springs does not change the amount of possible axle travel.... So the longer shocks must work with stock. If not, they should be mandating longer bump stops.

The "L" models appear to be 20 mm longer compressed and 40 mm longer extended.
Agreed. That is the way things should work. Hopefully that is the case. But, as I think you suggested for me when I've asked about installing longer shocks, the best practice would be to measure things to be sure. I'm going to play it safe and get longer bump stops or spacers for mine.
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Swapped the springs today. Seems to be all good. Running real smooth.
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