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Ok, I've been running some pretty tough trails with my 40 for a while now but I'm tired of dragging it over rocks. I'm planning a SOA and thought I'd probably use my OME's that are already on it. My first question is how many of you are running OME's on a sprung over 40? Did you flip the rear springs? I did a major body resto on my cruiser a year ago and if I flip the rear springs, I'll need to open up the rear fender wells a bit more. I'd rather not dive into more body work if I don't have to. I know I can just cut the rearward part of the fender well to make it larger but I hate those huge openings, so I'd add some metal back into the forward part of the fenderwell. Just trying to keep it simple. If you are running OME's and SOA without flipping the rear springs, are there any adverse effects?

I'm also cosidering selling my OME's and using some Alcans for my SOA. Probably only 1-1.5" of lift to them over stock. Any opinions on going that route? Thanks all.
 

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First of all, welcome to the POR board, Adam, 'bout time you joined!

Looks like someone else is being seduced to the "Dark Side", eh? He, he...springover....springover.....

Regarding your question, I see it as a question of money. I've seen a lot of FJ40's sprungover on OME's, but I think I would prefer shorter springs, Alcan or custom, that give you plenty of added articulation without making the truck too tall. With the amount of off-camber stuff you run, that's my best advice.
 

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with a SOA on 4" OME lift springs, i think you would be wayyy too tall. That would necessitate full-width axles, at least. As far as flipping the springs, I would definitely do it, no matter what the work involved. If you are going to run larger tires(36's or +) then they will fill the bigger fender opening, and it will look fine. I was happy with my SOA on stock axles and springs with 35" boggers(33" tall). But if you have the $$, then go ahead with Alcan's. I've heard that Alcan always makes stuff taller than you ask for, so maybe ask for stock height springs, and expect to get 1-2" lift.

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Adam -

With stock springs you would easily be good to 36" tires. the OME are 50mm (2") and would add more height than I would want. I would suggest you sell to someone for 50% of new and take their flat springs in trade.

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Elf Cruiser, OME's are only 2.5" of lift, but other than that, I agree, unless you're planning on running HUGE tires, flat springs would be better in an FJ40.
 

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Adam,
I went with reversed FJ-40 springs in the front with a flush mount shackle reversal and FJ-55 rear springs in the rear.

I pushed the mounting location out to the end of my front bumper on the front and I have a 100" wheelbase.

I have cut my fenders for than you will like to do, however, I also run 38.5's.

You can EASILY run 36's with stock springs on a spring over.

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Adam -

I have been running my SOA with stock flat Cruiser springs for a few years now and have been thinking of new springs myself. After talking to a few people and test driving a few friends trucks, I am looking at Alcans. Be careful when ordering from them, as they have lots of arc (I thought the Alcan 1.5" lift looked like they had more arc than the OME's I saw side by side). Based on that, I would order a set of 1" over stock or possibly stock height Alcans. Checked pricing this past week - a bit over $800 for the Alcans.

HTH....
 

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I hear what you guys are saying with the truck being too tall. I've always been a proponent for keeping COG as low as possible. That's why I've stuck with my sprung under OME configuration for so long. Honestly, I love how my truck performs right now, there are just a few times here and there that I wish I was a bit taller.

Coming back to SOA with OME's, I have seen several 40 setup that way. I guy in our club is running his OME's and SOA but his truck is VERY heavy so it has settled quite a bit. He's only about 4" taller than I am currently. My truck is probably heavier than a lot of 40s with new thicker steel in the tub, an 8poing cage/seatcradle, bumpers, body protection, winch and gear.

Bottom line is that it sounds like I should flip the rear springs, right? What about using Alcans and having the center pin moved to move the axle back a little? Most likely, I will probably go with stock springs or alcans with 1" lift over stock or something close to that. I just wonder how much lift I've actually lost in my OME's since I got them about 3 years ago.
 

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Elf Cruiser, OME's are only 2.5" of lift, but other than that, I agree, unless you're planning on running HUGE tires, flat springs would be better in an FJ40.
That is just marketing. They must claim 50mm because in every other country, 2" lift is all that's allowed on the street. But, in actuality, they are the same height as any other popular 4" lift kit(Skyjacker, TPI, etc.)

This is just what I have heard from Man-a-fre, TPI, Cruiser Adv. Handling, and several people that have owned OME lifts.
 

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Hmmm I have OME springs and they are only about 2.5". Everyone I know with OMEs for FJ40s are only getting around 2-2.5". With the OMEs, SR, and longer rear shackle, I was only about 3.5" taller than stock. My 285/75/R16 MTs rubbed (33x10.5) on extreme compression. I will now be SOA with the same springs. Their biggest asset is the flex they have. OMEs do some serious moving. Not that it means anything at all, but to give you an idea, I could ramp over 1000 on a 23 degree ramp SUA with the OMEs.
 

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What is stock? Are you measuring off the height it was before the lift? Those were 20+ year old springs!

I don't know about the leafs, but my OME FZJ-80 lift was much more than 2 inches as advertised. I got 4 in the front and 5 in the rear.
 
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