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OME vs. Eibach comparisons and evaluations

I'm looking to do a suspension lift only on a 2012 V8 4x4 with tow package and I've narrowed it down to these two options. I'm not interested in getting the max lift so anything between 1.5 & 2.0" is fine. However, I am interested in keeping a nice compfortable ride on the highway with maybe a slightly more aggressive response when pushed harder in tougher terrain. But again, ride quality is paramount as this is my daily driver that spends 99% of its time on pavement. I'm looking for knowledge and opinions on either of these two lifts especially in regards to ride and quality.

The other question I have is in regards to the factory tow package. It's my understanding that the Nivomats will mechanically charge themselves when they "sense" that they are too low thus bringing the ride height back to normal. However, if they are stretched out on a 2 inch lift then they essentially will never sense being under load untill they are compressed beyond 2 inches, or in other words, compressed lower than what's considered normal ride hide. If this is the case then having the Nivomats on a lift is useless. Which is fine by me as I don't like those shocks anyway. So that leads me to wonder how an aftermarket spring/shock combo would hadle a 5,000 lb boat behind it.

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Re: OME vs. Eibach comparisons and evaluations

Already posted a similar thread not long ago that got little to no feedback.

OME vs Eibach (Lift Kits)

I think both kits are going to be very hard to find differences in, especially this early on when most haven't had them installed very long.
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Re: OME vs. Eibach comparisons and evaluations

I've had the OME 2" medium-duty lift for about 10,000 miles now and am really impressed with it. I went with OME because of their reputation even though their lift is 25% more expensive than the Eibach ($900 versus $1130)

The exact height with 32" tires is 35.75" in front and 36.5" in back from the ground to the bottom of the trim on the fender and 20.5" and 21.75" from the center of the hub to the same spot. I've heard that the light duty will give you less than this.

I bought the medium coils in anticipation of getting an ARB bumper or at least putting on a grill guard. I haven't yet, but I was told by a long-time reputable member that ARB suspensions usually run a little on the light side so you almost always get one step heavier than you think you need, so I'm not too worried.

When riding over rocks and off-roading the suspension feels tight in a good way (your not going to hit the bump stops like you might with OEM). I haven't gone crazy, but I've had it on three wheels with weight transfer and have pushed the springs pretty hard climbing down rocks and have yet to hit the bump stop or feel like the suspension couldn't handle it well.

In town/city driving feels more smooth than stock with the exception of big speed bumps or big pot holes where the OME is much tighter and solid/stable.

I would strongly consider having a shop do the front springs/struts due to the pain of the really long springs. If you do them yourself then use two sets of spring compressors across from each other like an x to keep the spring from popping out to one side. Also, if you do it yourself you should leave some paint/marker across all the bolts/washers/tie rod after you've tightened everything back up so you can easily see if everything is holding up well after a few thousand miles.

I don't have the tow package (I added the hitch receiver myself), but OME makes replacements for the self-leveling Nimvomat shocks. Just use the right part numbers and everything should be fine. You shouldn't have issues with OME self-leveling shocks like people do with the OEM, but if you decide to switch them out make sure that your year model has the same attachment for both shocks.

Good luck deciding and I hope this helps.

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