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Well, thinking about a mild lift on my 55, just starting to toss around the idea. I weighed a lot of options with my 78- ended up springing her over with FJ60 power steering. It worked great- that old girl wheeled well and went down the road straight as an arrow with 35" mud terrains on it.

But I don't want to go through all that work for a street truck, and don't want to be as high as I was with the SOA piggy. Looking to see what springs/shocks I can buy and bolt on to get a 3-4" lift- any suggestions will be appreciated. As I recalkl OME doesn't make a package for a 55, right? I recenly parted a 60 with Dobinson springs- they looked great, the truck sat nicely, and I've been told they ride well as well as flex well. Are they available for a 55? I also recall someone on ther forum maybe offering an OME package that would require some mods that need welding- who is this? Anyone have experience with this setup?

In any event I am looking for suggestions, pro and con. I want to do this once, and do it right the first time. Thanks, Gary S
 

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Many years ago, my Pig was sort of sagging in the back. I had a blacksmith shop re-arch my springs and add a couple leafs. Lifted the rear nicely. That and some longer shackles gave me enough lift to run 33s easily (I really like the double-D Mark A. shackles). The re-arch probably cost as much as new Alcans, but they fit the first time and it was done in one day...
 
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re-arching works well in some cases, but for a 3-4" lift you really want new, longer leafs,,,, ALCAN spring has gotten the 55 thing down pretty well, to a point that you can simply give them a call, tell them the lift and weight you want and done.
 
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just thought i would throw in a bit of information that i got from alcan i filled out the form for my Pig. a few days later they sent me an email The cost was $500.00 for the front springs and $540.00 for the rear springs.
 
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Gary:
Simply because I had the pieces gathered in various parts purchases, I installed MAF add-a-leafs and one inch longer shackles front and rear. Disassembled the spring packs, repainted and lubed, and re-assembled with the extra leafs and new bushings. Ended up with exactly a 3-inch lift all around and a ride that is only slightly harsher. Pretty inexpensive and a good end result that will accommodate at least 33x10.50s, which is as large as I intend to go.
Here's how it looks with 31s....

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Don't think anyone makes a kit for the pigs anymore, had a heck of a time getting Ironman to sell me 60 front and 40 rear shocks for the 3" lift I have :-(. You can use any 40 front lift springs if you relocate the center pins, Alcan is the only game I know of for the rears. A guy did a complete OME 70 series lift and posted about it if you search, supposedly you only need to move the rear spring hangers ... I assume Dobinson/Ironman would be the same.

Good luck ... body work is looking good ;)

Tucker
 
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My shocks are ProComp. Called their tech line and they had me measure distances top to bottom and provided numbers for the appropriate shocks.
 

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Kurt at Cruiser Outfitters has an OME "kit" for FJ55's that he put together from 75 series springs. The kit is only a 2.5 inch lift but it rides very nice.

https://forum.ih8mud.com/fj55-iron-...ety/290811-75-series-spring-swap-my-55-a.html

and here's the link to the Cruiser Outfitters page.

http://www.cruiseroutfitters.com/sus_55series_dakar.html

You do need to move the rear spring hangers rearward.

Paul

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Sounds like a solution worth checking on, and Kurt is always good to deal with.
 

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