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    MPG with lift and tires

    I just got back from a cross country journey (AZ to FL) which totaled about 4000 miles. Prior to the trip I installed the OME 861/862 + shocks and Bridgestone Revo 285/75/16 tires. I also switched to 0W-40 Mobil 1 and changed all diffs to the synthetic gear oil (M1 also) - after rebuilding my...
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    OME Question and Pic Request

    Thanks Chris...nice pics. I ordered the 861/862 today from Slee...should be here either this weekend or Monday. When I go with the higher lift, I'll definitely look into the configuration you have...it looks great! :bounce: Mike
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    OME Question and Pic Request

    Thanks for the pics...it is great that there are so many helpful people on this board....makes the buying decision much, much easier. Although my inclination is to go with the 2.5 lift, I'm going to go with the 861/862s first. I still have my Samurai as my rockcrawler (fully locked with lots...
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    Will I regret this mod?

    Thanks D! I appreciate the picture. Mike
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    Will I regret this mod?

    Being that I bought the vehicle for a few reasons (one of which was safety for my wife and kids), Ed's recommendation is the clincher. Just this last weekend I was traveling down the highway at about 65 and a guy in a lifted 68 or 69 Ford short bed about two to three car lengths ahead and to...
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    Will I regret this mod?

    That's fantastic...Thanks! Exactly what I was looking for (it will help to sell the concept to my wife too :D ) Mike
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    Will I regret this mod?

    Wow! Thanks for the quick replies. I'm in Arizona, so I won't be able to take you up on the offer for the test drive. :) You wouldn't happen to have a pic of it handy with the 285s on it, would you? Just curious. I think it was landandsea that ended up getting more lift than he was...
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    Will I regret this mod?

    Ok, from reading the archives, it looks like everyone is really happy with their OME setup. I am leaning heavily towards the 861/862 (low lift) since this will still be a daily driver for my wife. Right now (at 80K miles), being a stock LX450 and not the LC, the slight side to side wallow is...
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    OME Question and Pic Request

    With the 30mm packers, do you notice any wander in the steering (I am assuming that you have the OME caster correction)? Nice ride, by the way. :cheers:
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    OME Question and Pic Request

    Thanks Mike. I think I found a few pictures from your link (the Death Valley trip) which occurred before Scott added the aftermarket bumper - it looks like he might have had 285s on there as well. Anybody else have any opinions on the OME 861/862 setup and maybe a picture (a profile of the...
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    OME Question and Pic Request

    Thanks Christo. Anybody out there with the OME 861/862 lift that would like to share a pic or two? If you would rather send them offline, you can always PM me (unfortunately neither the picture gallery nor the CruiserGarage has any pics of the 861/862 combo that I can find). Also, anybody...
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    OME Question and Pic Request

    I am getting close to purchasing my OME lift and have a few questions about the lifts that I haven't been able to answer from searching the archives (here or on birfield) - I have found pieces of info, but no clear answer - I do plan to call Christo to order it, but wanted to check with the...
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    Center Diff Noise

    Fixed the problem...finally. RavenTai, I don't have a CDL switch, so my only choice was to try it in low (to force the CDL lockup). Unfortunately, the noise only presented itself at higher speeds, so when it was in low I didn't hear it. I used the FSM I downloaded and decided to drop the...
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    Center Diff Noise

    Thanks for the info RavenTai. I don't have a CDL yet, but I now have downloaded the full FSM (took about 4 to 5 hours...it wasn't pretty, but I have it now). I see the bearing you are talking about...I can only hope that it is the one in the Rear Extension Housing...it sure would make the...
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    Center Diff Noise

    Here's the pic of the rear portion of the center diff. It was taken from the driver's side and I have annotated it. I don't know why the sound is the loudest at the lowest point, but that's the way it seems...though I don't know if there is a bearing in that immediate area (need to download...
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    Center Diff Noise

    Sorry, it was late last night when I wrote that up...sometimes I have a tendency to blabber on and on so it is I who should have been more clear. I'll try to grab a picture of the spot on the housing from where the sound is the loudest. Stay tuned... Thanks, Mike
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    Center Diff Noise

    First, Robbie, thanks for the reply...I did exactly that, but didn't need a partner since I rigged up something to press the accelerator (two foot long stick and the electric seat did the trick to press the pedal). :D I did check the u-joints when I disconnected the drive shafts and there was...
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    Center Diff Noise

    Hi, I'm a frequent lurker and first time poster...and I believe I have a problem. First some background info... Bought an 97 LX450 about three weeks ago, factory lockers, very, very nice shape...looked to be a mall cruiser. It had about 81K miles. Since that time, I have had a slight...
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