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Old August 28th, 2005, 01:30 PM
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Rancho, OME, and Bilstein?

What do you guys recommend and why?

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Brian
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Old August 28th, 2005, 03:07 PM
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Brian,

I just switched from the Rovers North HD kit with Bilstein shocks to the OME kit which came with the matching OME shocks (N45 front; N46 rear). This is of course a personal preference thing, but I like the OME set up much better. For my taste the Bilsteins were too stiff. After I took them off the D-90 I compared them side by side. They were almost exactly the same length, but the Bilsteins were at least three times as hard to compress by hand. They rode fine and I can't complain, its just that I feel the OME ran much better.

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Old August 28th, 2005, 03:14 PM
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very vague question. What do you plan to do with the rest of your suspension? If you want to run a 3-link system and/or cones, you will can't use OME as they are not long enough. If that is your plan than I would recommend Bilstein 6100 or 7100. If you plan on just lifting the truck and keeping your springs retained use the OME.
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Old August 28th, 2005, 04:17 PM
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David is correct. I have the Rancho 9000's and I like them because they are not expensive and are adjustable for stiffness
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What do you guys recommend and why?

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Brian
I recommend a 7" lift with 5" springs, 2" spacers, Original LR factory shocks (you'll have to move the top mounts down a bit) but you shouldn't touch your driveshafts. Always drive in 4 Low with the Diff Locked to avoid unpleasant vibrations. Then run BFG AT 235/85's because we don't want to look like a chopped up Jeep. When offroading (but you won't be off roading so you can charge $35,000 for you D90 when you sell it, right?) just use snow chains. I get mine from Wal-Mart. Your next mod should be putting in a td5 or the new td6 diesel engine, since each Land Rover NA dealer is fully equipped to service these engines.
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So far Dave yep you win for stupidist answer
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