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3" Old Man Emu Flex

Hey,

Just wanted to show some quick pictures of my old man emu lift kit.

It's a fine suspension on and off road. It's very very soft and comfortable.

These pictures are with my sway bars connected.









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What size tires are those....have any pictures from the side "at rest". I would like to see how it sits flat as well...

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What size tires are those....have any pictures from the side "at rest". I would like to see how it sits flat as well...

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I have 35" KM2's on my stock wheels which are 17".















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nice comparison shot with the rubi, looks good sitting up high. Now go get those swaybar quick disconnects!

I think this thing is finally coming together. Still Needed: drive shafts, frame mount rails...then done son! For a while...
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Wow nice! I thought I was sold on a full traction 3" lift until now. Can you tell me what came with that kit, how it rides compared to stock and if you new track bars or control arms to center the axles?
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you have good taste.

i love my old man emu set up on my silver 2 door with 35 inch km2s and cut flares
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nice comparison shot with the rubi, looks good sitting up high. Now go get those swaybar quick disconnects!
They're on order. Friday they will be going in!

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Wow nice! I thought I was sold on a full traction 3" lift until now. Can you tell me what came with that kit, how it rides compared to stock and if you new track bars or control arms to center the axles?
Full Traction has great suspension kits. The only thing I don't like about their kits is the fact that none of them come with shocks.

I have a Old Man Emu Suspension with Heavy Duty (HD) Coils that netted me about 3" of 'actual' suspension height. Also included in the kit are 4 Long Travel Shocks that are super comfortable. Old Man Emu is known for having one of the softest and most "Plush" rides on road and off road. The lift also comes with adjustable Front and Rear Track-Bars for re-centering your front and rear axles. This kit comes with Adjustable front lower control arms to dial in your caster geometry and allow for it to feel less "Flighty" and "Darty" when compared to any other suspension kit with no control arms. It also came with front and rear Crown Brake Line Extensions, Adjustable Sway Bar links.

Old Man Emu HD Long Travel Suspension Kit:

HD coils, JKS Front and Rear Trackbars, long travel shocks, adjustable swaybar links, bump stop extensions, extended brake lines and adjustable front LOWER control arms.

Note: Just like any other suspension kit that is over 3", if you have a automatic transmission you will have to start budgeting for a front drive shaft. This is especially more true if you disconnect your suspension and utilize the long travel shocks...

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you have good taste.

i love my old man emu set up on my silver 2 door with 35 inch km2s and cut flares
That is the reason why I bought my old man emu suspension, I have never ever heard one bad thing about them and researching for about a year on different setups I am more then happy with this kit.
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Where did you get your setup through. It sounds as if you had bought it through Northridge 4x4 with all of the extras that you are listing.

Also have any other 2drs with this lift run into the driveshaft problems yet? and if so how long was it before the driveshaft problems began? Just curious.
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That is the reason why I bought my old man emu suspension, I have never ever heard one bad thing about them and researching for about a year on different setups I am more then happy with this kit.


quick question, sorry for the slight hijack, what % tint do you have on your front windows and hardtop. It looks perfect. Thanks.
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Where did you get your setup through. It sounds as if you had bought it through Northridge 4x4 with all of the extras that you are listing.

Also have any other 2drs with this lift run into the driveshaft problems yet? and if so how long was it before the driveshaft problems began? Just curious.

Yes, I bought it at Northridge 4x4.

http://www.northridge4x4.com/proddet...OME-LT-JK-LIFT

Trust me on the drive shaft issue. If you disconnect, depending on how hard or how much you articulate it will be an issue.

If you don't disconnect, which seen in the pictures above, you might or may not run into problems. I definitely didn't run into problems when I was connected.


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quick question, sorry for the slight hijack, what % tint do you have on your front windows and hardtop. It looks perfect. Thanks.
No problem!

I am running 5% Limo tint all the way around. I guess it's the darkest you can go without doing it double (Like limo's).
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Thanks for the reply.
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here is my 3"ome lift flex
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I am running the same except I have to 40+ coils. I originally had the regulare HD coils and most likely you will need a new driveshaft due to it rubbing.

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Some more OME Flex for you guys debating it, get it!

Hey Guys,

so as seen in my previous posts about the drive shaft problem, well I can tell you that the first time I had my quick disconnects installed last Friday, I hit the trail Saturday and disconnected, BAM, front drive shaft boot torn.











and the failage.



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Looks nice and flexi, cool pics

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Sorry you had to sacrifice your drive shaft for those awesome pics, but I appreciate it.
Pics look good!
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I ran mine for several thousand miles with a torn boot -- just keep an eye on it.

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I ran mine for several thousand miles with a torn boot -- just keep an eye on it.
I have 12k miles on my 09 and I bet 10k of them are with a torn boot


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i drove for almost 2 years with a torn boot. Just pull of the shaft every now and then clean it out and grease the spines until you get a new shaft. Its more the likely going to fail at the joint from pinion angle first.

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thanks for the encouragement on not replacing out the shaft till she calls .

here is a few more pictures that aren't duplicates, even though they look like it.









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Dude...This Rocks..Questions though...

Aight man...this made up my mind. Nice Ride...Nice Lift...Nice Articulation

Wife says go with 35's 'cause it looks better'...

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Size of tires...see 35's, but are these 12.50's?

Do you have to cut the flares to avoid rubbing (if I install the correct length bumpstops?)...not sure if you know this or not...

Did you cut the bumper before or after the lift? If you did it after, did you have rubbing?

Are you running any spacers?

I have a 4Dr Rubi and plan on running ARB front bumper w/ winch and Treks rear...so I would expect my lift to be slightly less then yours (going to run HD springs I think). Sounds like you've done a ton of research - I have too, but see conflicting opinions...

'preciate any advice you could give me
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Question... Is the driveshaft/automatic problem a problem on 4doors aswell?
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Size of tires...see 35's, but are these 12.50's?
Yes, 35's on stock wheels with 12.50 and Spidertrax Wheel Spacers that are required.

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Do you have to cut the flares to avoid rubbing (if I install the correct length bumpstops?)...not sure if you know this or not...
You will need extended bump stops to run 35's and 2.5 - 3" of suspension lift to avoid rubbing on your fenders.(Depending on how much you articulate).

Rubbing sway bars can be prevented by buying aftermarket wheels with less then 4.5" Back Spacing or 1.5" Wheel Spacers on stock wheels.

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Did you cut the bumper before or after the lift? If you did it after, did you have rubbing?
I cut the bumper as one of my very first mods before my suspension lift.









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Are you running any spacers?
Only wheel spacers.

This is the reason why you run wheel spacers on aftermarket suspensions:







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I have a 4Dr Rubi and plan on running ARB front bumper w/ winch and Treks rear...so I would expect my lift to be slightly less then yours (going to run HD springs I think). Sounds like you've done a ton of research - I have too, but see conflicting opinions...

'preciate any advice you could give me
HD Coils is the way to go, especially with bumpers and winch.

It's funny. When I took my Jeep to the offroad shop yesterday to inquire about drive shaft solutions, I parked next to a Jeep with 4.5" of lift, according to the service manager, and he thought I had a 6" suspension...

Here is my 3" Old Man EMU HD Long Travel Suspension next to a my old mans jeeps with a 4" Pro Comp Suspension Kit





Were both parked on the curb with one wheel/tire.




I would talk to David @ Northridge about any more technical questions because he's smart and full of knowledge.

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Question... Is the driveshaft/automatic problem a problem on 4doors aswell?
Yes. It's also a problem with four door automatics and two door automatics.

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I am running the same except I have to 40+ coils. I originally had the regulare HD coils and most likely you will need a new driveshaft due to it rubbing.
What does the +40 coils do for you? I've seen this referenced in other posts, but never understood it. Does it give you a 3" lift after all the heavy crap (like bumpers and winches).

Do you have an automatic or manual?
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