Just ordered OME 861/862 Coils and I have a few questions.

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Do I need to correct for caster with just the low lift?

Would someone be so kind as to post some photos of a rig with this setup?

Do I need to take the shocks loose to swap the springs? My shocks are fairly new and I just wasn't sure if I would have to disconnect an end to get the springs out/in.

Anyone doing a little towing with this setup? I would like to hear about it. (I've got a 2700lb Travel Trailer and right now the cruiser looks pathetic pulling it.)

1996 Unlocked 131,000mi dark green.
 
You should be fine without correction, but get it measured to be sure. Spec is 2*-4*. I have the OME med 2.5" which pushed my caster to -1.0*.
 
I believe that shocks max out before spring unseats, so you would need to at least take them off the bottom mount
 
I believe that shocks max out before spring unseats, so you would need to at least take them off the bottom mount

x2 yep. :)
 
Yes the Slee right up is exactly what I will follow. It assumes you are replacing the shocks so i didn't know if you weren't replacing the shocks what it would consist of. But if the dampers max out before you can get the springs out I will atleast have to undo the bottoms as Xingji stated.

Are any of you running this set-up?
 
I was running this setup before going to 850/860's (2.5"). When I had my caster checked after installing the 861/862's I was right around 1* which is 1* out of spec (2*-4*). I am sure I would have seen an improvement installing OME's caster correction bushings which would have put me right in the middle of spec at 3*. Every truck is different so you won't really know what you need to do for caster if anything until you get your caster checked.

As everyone else has said if you are keeping your stock shocks just remove the lower shock bolt to give you enough axle droop to remove and install the springs. BTW these springs were a huge improvement over stock. Much better ride in every aspect.

Enjoy...
 
I have that setup with Bilsteins and the ride is pretty good. I think it will be a good setup for towing for your truck. Just today I picked up the travel trailer that we got for a nice long trip this summer. Empty weight is about 4600 lbs with a claimed tongue weight of 460 (haven't gotten a chance to weigh it yet). I am using an Equal-iz-er hitch which has weight distribution included but the truck sat level with the trailer attached. The ride is really nice empty and was just as nice with the trailer dragging behind. I was initicially thinking I would need some air bags but now I don't think I will need them.
 
tucsonlx or PACNW96,

Do either of you have photos of your rigs somewhere with the low lift? or better yet can you post some here?
 
861 862 springs, slee 1" spacer in front 285 tires stock wheels.
I removed the bottom of shocks and the sway bar. Sway bar made it much easier. I had put my spacers in a few months before the springs and realized removing the sway bars would meke it easier when I did the springs. I will add some packers in the rear.

With the dogs, drawer system, spair tire, 10 gallons of gas, 12 gallons of water, recovery gear, Oasis air compressor, tools, high lift, cameras, tint, fire pit, other misc. stuff, driver and passinger there is about 800 lbs in the truck. I wish the rears were a bit more firm. The ride is much better than stock springs.

Hope this helps.

Ps, the ground in the pics isn't real level but it gives you an idea. When I put the springs in I had about 1" of lift at all corners. After going on this trip for two days and about 150 miles of rough dirt roads the rears have allready lost about 1/4 to 3/8 of the lift. I checked the truck before and after trip with it in daily driving setup.
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Never took a good picture yet but I installed the low lift about 2 1/2 years ago with Bilsteins. Never even thought to have the caster checked or the alignment for that matter. Isn't the only the tow adjustable? Would an alignment make any difference if tire wear is already fine? Follow those directions from Slee and have a big jack and jack stands before you even attempt it. Took me about 3 hours since it was the first time working on it. It rides better but doesn't do much to level it out. I like the look with the 1" spacer. I am still running 31"s due to the raw power or lack thereof with a 3fe. Towing seems to be great. I towed around the big U-haul trailer fully loaded with minimal sag probably around 2000lbs I guess.
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861 862 springs, slee 1" spacer in front 285 tires stock wheels.
I removed the bottom of shocks and the sway bar. Sway bar made it much easier. I had put my spacers in a few months before the springs and realized removing the sway bars would meke it easier when I did the springs. I will add some packers in the rear.

With the dogs, drawer system, spair tire, 10 gallons of gas, 12 gallons of water, recovery gear, Oasis air compressor, tools, high lift, cameras, tint, fire pit, other misc. stuff, driver and passinger there is about 800 lbs in the truck. I wish the rears were a bit more firm. The ride is much better than stock springs.

Hope this helps.

Ps, the ground in the pics isn't real level but it gives you an idea. When I put the springs in I had about 1" of lift at all corners. After going on this trip for two days and about 150 miles of rough dirt roads the rears have allready lost about 1/4 to 3/8 of the lift. I checked the truck before and after trip with it in daily driving setup.

What was your mileage on your original springs at the time of the OME install?
 
tucsonlx or PACNW96,

Do either of you have photos of your rigs somewhere with the low lift? or better yet can you post some here?

Here's some pics when I had the 861/862's and new Nitto 285's:

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Hmmm. My old springs seem to be sagging quite a bit. When I look at the front springs, the bumpstops are only about 2 inches apart. I have 193,XXX miles now and they probably need to be replaced. Does anyone know, for sure, if the speculation about FJ80's being about an inch higher stock than FZJ80's is true? If so, then an FZJ would get maybe 2 inches from these springs, and us FJ guys would only get about an inch? I'm thinking on going with these. Thanks.

Oh and if you're looking for more pics with the OME low lift springs, Ashooter has posted up his rig and he is running these springs with Toyo M/T 255/85 R 16's which looks awesome
 
Thanks for all the responses guys. I'm really looking forward to the new setup and I'll post some before and afters. My springs still haven't shipped but I have to assume it will be today. I'll have to see if I can track down Ashooter's rig.
 

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