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If you're looking for an easy, bolt in kit, old man emu (OME) is probably one of the easiest to do. I went that route and have been pretty happy with the performance. At the time of purchase, I knew i was getting beefier bumpers in the near future, so I went with the heavy duty kit. Overall, it gave right around 2 inches of lift and kept things fairly level. Front was a little higher until I installed a shrockworks steel bumper + winch.

The stock Bilsteins that came on my rig committed suicide on a washboard trail only about 15 miles in. I had less than 30k miles on the rig at that point. The OME nitrocharger shocks have survived that same trail numerous times now and at much higher speeds. It handles nicely on pavement as well as off pavement. It took about 4 hours to install the kit with basic tools.

The OME kit also has the distinction of claiming to install onto your rig without adversely affecting driveline angles. I found the claim to be true in my case and did not require shims to correct angles on the rear axle. I opted for the complete kit with pre assembled front components, the greaseable shackles and split bushings for the leaf packs. 4 years later and I'm still happy with the setup.
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Here’s the link to the full kit tehy are talking about https://ok4wd.com/old-man-emu-1-5-su...-nissan-xterra

There are a few reviews if you search the site. It’s well regarded because it performs well and is mostly similar to stock geometry.


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If you're looking for an easy, bolt in kit, old man emu (OME) is probably one of the easiest to do. I went that route and have been pretty happy with the performance. At the time of purchase, I knew i was getting beefier bumpers in the near future, so I went with the heavy duty kit. Overall, it gave right around 2 inches of lift and kept things fairly level. Front was a little higher until I installed a shrockworks steel bumper + winch.

The stock Bilsteins that came on my rig committed suicide on a washboard trail only about 15 miles in. I had less than 30k miles on the rig at that point. The OME nitrocharger shocks have survived that same trail numerous times now and at much higher speeds. It handles nicely on pavement as well as off pavement. It took about 4 hours to install the kit with basic tools.

The OME kit also has the distinction of claiming to install onto your rig without adversely affecting driveline angles. I found the claim to be true in my case and did not require shims to correct angles on the rear axle. I opted for the complete kit with pre assembled front components, the greaseable shackles and split bushings for the leaf packs. 4 years later and I'm still happy with the setup.
Thank you. That's exactly what I was looking for. A lot that is middle of the road. Good for off road, and as a daily driver. Does OME make a 2.5-3 inch lift with the same parts? Could you link me to the exact kit so I can take a look. I've had another guy tell me OME was what he had, but he didn't give specifics. And my problem was that there were so many different kits from different manufacturers to choose from.
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I opted for the complete kit with pre assembled front components, the greaseable shackles and split bushings for the leaf packs.
I went with this setup. It arrived yesterday and I'm trying to get it in installed Memorial Day weekend. You can find on YouTube people installing OME leafs springs, shocks, and pretty much most suspension components specifically on Xterras. YouTube can be a wonderful place to learn stuff.
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Thank you. That's exactly what I was looking for. A lot that is middle of the road. Good for off road, and as a daily driver. Does OME make a 2.5-3 inch lift with the same parts? Could you link me to the exact kit so I can take a look. I've had another guy tell me OME was what he had, but he didn't give specifics. And my problem was that there were so many different kits from different manufacturers to choose from.
OME just makes the one kit with two options for spring rates. Either kit only gets you 1.5-2" if lift depending on how much armor and gear you are carrying.

I don't know of anyone on here running a suspension lift near 3" using OE width parts that's happy with the ride.

You have to go Titan width or get a 6" drop bracket kit to go that high with just suspension lift.

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I don't know of anyone on here running a suspension lift near 3" using OE width parts that's happy with the ride.

You have to go Titan width or get a 6" drop bracket kit to go that high with just suspension lift.
Unless you meant OME and not OE, that's not true. With Radflo extended length 2.5's and a top plate spacer I was running 3" of lift for years, fully armored. Granted the ride was not as good as it is with a TS, but it certainly worked.....spring rate is a major factor. You do have to replace the UCA's, and you don't really get the ideal amount of droop. 3" of lift is easily achievable with stock LCA's.


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Here is the lift (Order from a Supporting Vendor if you can, they support us and are sponsors of many events)
Complete OME Suspension W/ Dakar Leafs '05+ Xterra

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https://white-knuckleoffroad.com/pro...-rock-sliders/
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Unless you meant OME and not OE, that's not true. With Radflo extended length 2.5's and a top plate spacer I was running 3" of lift for years, fully armored. Granted the ride was not as good as it is with a TS, but it certainly worked.....spring rate is a major factor. You do have to replace the UCA's, and you don't really get the ideal amount of droop. 3" of lift is easily achievable with stock LCA's.
I meant OE and like you stated the ride wasn't great and you T-Swapped eventually. IE not happy with it.

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I meant OE and like you stated the ride wasn't great and you T-Swapped eventually. IE not happy with it.
Not at all what I said....Again, the ride was fine. The ride is not as good as a TS, but both are leaps and bounds better than stock. I TS'ed it because I wanted more travel, not because I didn't like the ride.

Like I said, 3" is totally possible with a much much better than stock ride... It is definitely component and set up dependent though.


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