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Finally installed my suspension upgrades on Friday, and extended my diff breather. I went with the full OME upgrade package, except for the replacement leaf pack (for now).

OME 885 coils
OME N140S struts
Alcan AAL
OME Nitrocharger (N182) rear shocks
3* shims

The rear install was more of a bitch that I expected, but nothing a crowbar and hammer couldn't solve :hammer: Those brake lines aren't long enough.....

Given all the mixed reviews about the ride, I wasn't expecting too much. But so far, I'm ecstatic. I don't think it's too stiff at all, and it seems to hug the road/bumps more with this setup than the TRD. The roads around town are just littered with potholes becuase of all the snow we've had, and I was trying to hit every one of them. No problems at all with the AAL; maybe it's the addition of the Nitrochargers that is helping. This is a GREAT SETUP!

And some pics of course, because I love pics :D

OME coilovers assembled




OME coilovers installed



Rear setup:



Comparison of Nitrochargers to TRD Bilsteins (bigger and longer, like me)



Rear installed:




Mall crawlin:




Couple pics of the diff breather:






Tires and wheels are next.....

- Matt
 

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I think I'm going to upgrade to the OME shocks front and back myself. The bilsteins aren't that great off road. On road, they're fine, but a bit too springy offroad. It's very noticable when coming off of rocks. I finally see what people are talking about when they say you have more control with better shocks. More control as in your truck isn't bouncing around like a mad man every time the suspension goes through a full cycle.

Excellent man! :clap:
 

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Where and how much did you buy these for? How much of a lift does it give you?

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Nice writeup :thumbup:

Better shocks make a huge difference over the stockers.
 

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How about sending some of that snow to Virginia :whatwhat:
 

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so screeber what wheels and tires are you planning on running? I'm kind of curious as to what you think will fit...

you are just running the struts and coils without the spacer right?
 

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Rodge said:
I think I'm going to upgrade to the OME shocks front and back myself. The bilsteins aren't that great off road. On road, they're fine, but a bit too springy offroad. It's very noticable when coming off of rocks. I finally see what people are talking about when they say you have more control with better shocks. More control as in your truck isn't bouncing around like a mad man every time the suspension goes through a full cycle.

Excellent man! :clap:
I agree - that's the feeling I'm getting. Less springy - like the truck "hugs" the bump better. Its like a "hugging stiffness" - wow, that's kinky....
 

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McJohn said:
so screeber what wheels and tires are you planning on running? I'm kind of curious as to what you think will fit...

you are just running the struts and coils without the spacer right?
I keep bouncing back and forth between 285's and 265's / 75/16. My preference would be for the 285's, which is why I did install the 1/2" top plate spacer (I actually installed the passenger side coilover without the top plate, then pulled it back out and reinstalled it with the spacer - you can see the spacer in the 3rd pic). I figure it'll be pretty easy to pull out the spacer if I ever decide I don't like it/need it. I've read all the goods and bads about the 285's countless times, which is contributing to my schizophrenia. I've got about a month to figure it out. I definitely like the more aggressive look of the 285's, especially with the AT tire. 265 MT's look great, but MT's aren't practical for my needs.

I'll be getting BFG AT's, and AR Victors are my top wheel choice.
 

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Obxfishn said:
How about sending some of that snow to Virginia :whatwhat:
Lemme just tell you - I LOVE snow, but I've had it with this winter. We've had snow 6 weekends in a row, and it's been below freezing just about every day. And most of it is falling east of the Divide, so the ski resorts aren't getting hit that hard at all. If I wanted weather like this, I'd move to Canada....(just kidding AN and all you Molsonites).

It was a balmy 40 something on Friday, "warm" enough to spend a day in my garage. Somebody recommended shop gloves to me a while back - let me tell you they saved my ass on Friday. I am now a shop glove convert....
 

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Thanks for all the :thumbup:. Rodge is correct; I picked all this up from Doug at Toytec for $600 something - not bad at all considering all the goodies I got. Slee Offroad in Golden also sells OME stuff for Toyotas (as do many others), but Toytec had the better prices this time around.

And let me just say thanks to all you guys that have posted all your suspension notes, pics and details on this and other forums. I spent months reading and reviewing everyone's feedback, and there's no way I would have been able to pull off this install without the instructions and hints on the boards. The internet is a wonderful thing!:thanks:
 

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Man, I hate cold weather. Snow, too. Now, I love the Spring and Fall, but winter sucks pig tits.

And, living in B'ham for 10 years will really spoil you. I get sick when the temp drops below 50*.
 

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So the front is a full 3" with the 1/2" top plate. I expect some settling with the spring based on what I've read - maybe a 1/4 to 1/2" over time.

Rear is 2.5" taller.
 

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screeber said:
I keep bouncing back and forth between 285's and 265's / 75/16. My preference would be for the 285's, which is why I did install the 1/2" top plate spacer (I actually installed the passenger side coilover without the top plate, then pulled it back out and reinstalled it with the spacer - you can see the spacer in the 3rd pic). I figure it'll be pretty easy to pull out the spacer if I ever decide I don't like it/need it. I've read all the goods and bads about the 285's countless times, which is contributing to my schizophrenia. I've got about a month to figure it out. I definitely like the more aggressive look of the 285's, especially with the AT tire. 265 MT's look great, but MT's aren't practical for my needs.

I'll be getting BFG AT's, and AR Victors are my top wheel choice.
I'm thinking with a 4.5" backspaced wheel the 285s may fit without the spacer.....really all the cranked coil overs are doing (as well as the top plate spacers) is changing the resting position of the truck..if you don't change the bump stop on the lower control arm your upward travel will still be the same unless I'm missing something....this means when your suspension is completely compressed your tire is sitting in the same spot as it would be if it were stock....true?
 

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great pics!

Nathan
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McJohn said:
I'm thinking with a 4.5" backspaced wheel the 285s may fit without the spacer.....really all the cranked coil overs are doing (as well as the top plate spacers) is changing the resting position of the truck..if you don't change the bump stop on the lower control arm your upward travel will still be the same unless I'm missing something....this means when your suspension is completely compressed your tire is sitting in the same spot as it would be if it were stock....true?
You keep worrying about that top spacer.

Just install it man. Forget about the rest. :disappoin


Anyways, Screeber go with 285s. You are going to regret not having them later on, just watch.

I regret not going with the Muds already!

Go with the 17x8 American Racing Victors and some 285/70-17s! They look great on the Silver trucks.
 
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