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Old June 12th, 2009, 04:29 PM
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Rear self-leveling unit.

Would someone with experience with the rear self-leveling unit be able to comment on its function and if once upgraded to OME springs it is going to still have any effect or not? I got a basic explaination of what it is intended to do but need to decide if I should keep it or not when things start to go back together. It does seem like a very expensive item to replace when it does go bad.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 04:50 PM
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Keep it. It does not harm and can only help. They are basically free (I just threw two out) if they go bad.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 06:57 PM
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Is there any down-side to keeping it on? I am also planning on supplemental airbags in all four corners as well. My chassis is finally ready and shipping along with a huge pile of other stuff so hopefully I can start to assemble in about two-weeks. Now I just need to figure out the rest of my bulkhead mods.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 07:33 PM
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If you go with a huge lift or really flexible suspension it might bind. With 2in OME there is no downside.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 08:11 PM
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Ok thanks, so will keep it then and just order new gaiters to replace the torn ones. Thanks!
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I mean isnt there no point with the OME 2" (HD)
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I mean isnt there no point with the OME 2" (HD)
It will do a lot less as you will not get to the point where it starts working often, but IMHO it will still work. On my old RRC with 3in RTE springs you could still load it down and after a short ride it would gain back some of the height from the load.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 01:06 AM
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what is a self leveling unit?
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Mine seems to still work on my RRC, I am not sure to keep it or let it go.
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is the RRC self leveling unit the same as the boge unit found on the NAS 110?
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is the RRC self leveling unit the same as the boge unit found on the NAS 110?
Similar, but not the same. The 110 one has an extra ball on it.
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Yes, there is a globe looking thing that looks like a ball attached to the 110 one. I assume it is an extra resivoir.
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ah that is what I just replaced. Ball Joint assembly. Mine was worn out. When I would go over bum[s it sounded like I had no shocks.
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No, that is not what you replaced. You replaced the ball joint that mounts between the A-frame and the axle. The self leveler mounts to a part of the A-frame. The ball shaped res. on the 110 leveler is maybe 6in in diameter.
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Ahhhhh then I have no clue
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I am going to try to attach photos in the future to help show the exact part.
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My new-to-me '84 110 has an unusually hi rear end stance without a load & seems to have a very stiff suspension back there - eg, very noisy reactions to small city bumps. Does any of that indicate a failed self-leveling unit? Or when it fails, does the rear end sag or rise or neither???
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Be good to see a picture. Load levelers tend to fail over time and get removed. Is yours still there? If removed, the springs may have been replaced by heavier duty spec units. So you see any paint marks on the springs or numbers/letters different manufacturers mark their springs differently.
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Would someone with experience with the rear self-leveling unit be able to comment on its function and if once upgraded to OME springs it is going to still have any effect or not? I got a basic explaination of what it is intended to do but need to decide if I should keep it or not when things start to go back together. It does seem like a very expensive item to replace when it does go bad.
if you have upgraded your springs its function is moot. The idea behind the boge self leveling unit was it enabled the use of softer rear springs for improved ride quality, usually found on county spec trucks.
I hate them just because of the wasted space

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My new-to-me '84 110 has an unusually hi rear end stance without a load & seems to have a very stiff suspension back there - eg, very noisy reactions to small city bumps. Does any of that indicate a failed self-leveling unit? Or when it fails, does the rear end sag or rise or neither???
usually the nose down in the front is because HD rear springs are fitted. HD springs and self leveler dont really work in unison. Are you sure you have the self leveler ?
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