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Hey guys I have some questions regarding leveling and so on.

 

I ordered:

9449 rear springs

5125 bilstein shocks

Kyb excel struts

OME HD #2928 front shocks

Kyb strut boots

OEM nissan strut bearings

Planning on 1" front strut spacer

 

And now some questions...

1. Do I need NEW OEM upper strut mounts? Or do most people reuse the old? 

2. With the stiffer 9449 springs Im hoping for less sag in the long run and dont want to be raked. Im thinking of cutting a half coil or full coil off the 9449 springs so its sits truly level. So Im looking for 1.5-2" in the rear with as much towing capacity. Any thoughts on getting exactly 2" in the rear with the 9449?

 

My choices were to cut a FULL coil and not do the 1" spacer (but I think its worth the extra clearance and asthetics to add the spacer and go as high as possible in the rear while staying level when unloaded/lightly loaded) or to cut a half coil to match the OME HD front with a 1" spacer.....

 

I tow 50% of the time. Either a 5×8 5' high enclosed trailer or a 5×10 landscape/adventure trailer loaded down for camping. I also look forward to actually being able to use the rear hitch for a dirtbike carrier. 

 

 

 

 

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Hey guys I have some questions regarding leveling and so on.
 
I ordered:
9449 rear springs
5125 bilstein shocks
Kyb excel struts
OME HD #2928 front shocks
Kyb strut boots
OEM nissan strut bearings
Planning on 1" front strut spacer
 
And now some questions...
1. Do I need NEW OEM upper strut mounts? Or do most people reuse the old? 
2. With the stiffer 9449 springs Im hoping for less sag in the long run and dont want to be raked. Im thinking of cutting a half coil or full coil off the 9449 springs so its sits truly level. So Im looking for 1.5-2" in the rear with as much towing capacity. Any thoughts on getting exactly 2" in the rear with the 9449?
 
My choices were to cut a FULL coil and not do the 1" spacer (but I think its worth the extra clearance and asthetics to add the spacer and go as high as possible in the rear while staying level when unloaded/lightly loaded) or to cut a half coil to match the OME HD front with a 1" spacer.....
 
I tow 50% of the time. Either a 5×8 5' high enclosed trailer or a 5×10 landscape/adventure trailer loaded down for camping. I also look forward to actually being able to use the rear hitch for a dirtbike carrier. 
 
 
 
 

1” front spacer is pushing it with ome 2928. The most important question is, do you have the OEM cv axles (not new aftermarket or reman)? Another thing is you do not need nissan OEM mounts or bearings. KYB are perfectly fine and will save you money.

Find out or post a photo of your cv axles and once it is known which axles you have then you can decide about a spacer and cutting coils.


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The strut bearing is the one piece most people have gone OEM on. (Strut Bearing [54325-5V000] $48.54=$24.27x2). This is primarily because of some bad experiences with other aftermarket brands, particularly Moog.

 

I would do the spring install & drive it for a couple months to let it settle before even considering any cutting. Once it settles, try hauling a bit & see how much rear compression you get. The last thing I’d buy would be the spacer. If you do cut the springs (personally, I wouldn’t), just level it that way. A half inch spacer usually is the most that the majority of people have needed & are not problematic but I’d put that in months down the road, if at all. You may find you want a half inch or inch of rake to avoid reverse rake under load - though generally this has not been a problem with the LR springs.

 

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At this point I'm thinking no spacer in front just OME springs and a full coil off the 9449. I'm hoping to get it close to level on the first shot. Rugged rocks is sold out of the springs so hopefully rocky road doesnt email the same thing or else I'll have to go with AC front springs. 

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2 hours ago, NWr50 said:

At this point I'm thinking no spacer in front just OME springs and a full coil off the 9449. I'm hoping to get it close to level on the first shot. Rugged rocks is sold out of the springs so hopefully rocky road doesnt email the same thing or else I'll have to go with AC front springs. 

Apparently all OME springs for R50 are backordered for a while.

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Yeah, damn Covid. Another member said Desert Rat told them were on back order too.

 

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Ah shoot.  Welp the AC should match the 9449 well. Otherwise a 1.5"=2" spacer should do the trick until this 3" subframe drop hits the market.............

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9 hours ago, NWr50 said:

Ah shoot.  Welp the AC should match the 9449 well. Otherwise a 1.5"=2" spacer should do the trick until this 3" subframe drop hits the market.............

I'm in a similar dilemma, after putting ~140k on my OME MD's one coil snapped the other day.  I called Desert Rat, the MD & HD OME springs are on North American backorder.  He told me I could call back on Monday and he would check with ARB Australia to find out lead times, but he also said even if they have them ready to go it would probably be at least a few weeks out.  I might be going AC/9449 also.

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Well the OME/ARB are backorder until the end of September at the earliest. I just put in an order for the AC 2" front springs. The plan is to pair that with the full 9449 in the rear. Will post pictures once its done 

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1 hour ago, NWr50 said:

Well the OME/ARB are backorder until the end of September at the earliest. I just put in an order for the AC 2" front springs. The plan is to pair that with the full 9449 in the rear. Will post pictures once its done 

It's unfortunate they drastically overcharge on shipping, they would do so much more business!  I just got off the phone with them about 10 minutes ago, had him physically look and put his hands on a set of OME HD's (2928) after he told me they "usually keep a couple on hand", he had them so I placed the order on the spot,  Their 2" coils were gonna be my backup plan.  Fingers crossed that I actually get the HD's...

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Wow I just order my OMEs a few weeks ago from desert rat. Hopefully they stick to the lead times. Glad you were able to get a set!

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Are stock bump stops sufficient with the 9449 springs and 5125 shocks (33-185552)? Planning on running 31" tires on the 17" r50 wheels

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Got the lift finished. Sits perfectly even now with AC 2" front and 9449 rear. The ride is also excellent. The 9449 are definitely not too stiff. Thanks to everyone who's come before and shared your experiences and advice. 

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After about 100mi the front springs have settled some. Has about a 1" rear rake. 

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