View Full Version : Talking to a guy about buying his lift kit for my 60 and have questions.

08-19-2009, 05:05 PM
OK so I found this lift for sale and want it but need to know it is the direction I want to go. Below is my email to and from him. I am just looking for a regular OME suspension. Would I be ok getting the lift then selling off the lift shackles and using regular shackles and getting some new shocks for the kit?

Here is the ad http://denver.craigslist.org/pts/1325699554.html

I am quite interested in this lift but 6" is pretty high.

Is this a regular OME lift with crazy shackles adding lift to the kit? Does it come with the shocks? I am wanting to lift my 83 FJ60 but not so much I have other issues come up like shimming the diffs etc.



This lift looks to be 3" or 3.5" springs. The shackles are like 2" or 2.5" over stock height. So really it's not quite 6" but that is the closest whole maximum height that I could post halfway accurately. It may be closer to 4" minimum. In any event, I had it on my '83 and the drivelines seemed to be ok and it worked without bind on the driveshafts. I don't know a ton about OME and Safari springs but if I'm not mistaken this kit is made to just bolt on, no shimming unless there is a slight shim built into the leaf pack. The shocks aren't all that good.
Anyway, I should be home all night tonight, so give me a shout if ya have any questions. This is my cell and I have it on me all day, 970-402-2972.

08-19-2009, 05:27 PM
I'd say so... if you didn't like those shackles then shorter ones would definitely yield less lift. And I'd agree with his assessment that "it's more like 4" in the email, rather than the 6" claim in the ad.

08-19-2009, 05:45 PM
I saw those on CL, but if you look at the cost of the parts new at Cruiser Outfitters, these used parts are basically the same price. And they're used.

08-19-2009, 05:51 PM
Looks similar to the spring/shackle combo I have on my truck. They look like the OME heavies, but a spring count would confirm that. The shackles are not that expensive if you want to lower it some...

does he have shocks for it?

Either way it's a good deal for what he's selling. I'd do it. the springs alone from Kurt are 616 and that dosen't even include shipping. this guys is selling springs, bushings, shackles, and pins for about that much. All that in peices is about a grand with Kurt... Or you could do a package deal for a grand you can get shocks and the rest of the goodies...

Things to ponder i guess.. depends on what else you need.. like shocks and u bolts.

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08-19-2009, 07:04 PM
It looks like you ended up with some good advice. Good luck!

08-19-2009, 08:16 PM
Yeah we will see where it goes from here. I am interested but I have to see what I do with my motor first.

08-19-2009, 09:53 PM
I have an OME lift on my 62 with the longer shackles from manafre I believe. The only thing with an OME lift is the springs soften up a little after some time. A few years or so. So see how old this lift is and go from their. Depending on what level the springs are you can order the last leaf part of that suspension and make it good. Crash did this and is very ok with it.
Cumshot belly (http://www.****tube.com/categories/481/belly/videos/1)

08-20-2009, 07:16 PM
Data points:

(1) OME are 2.5" over stock
(2) Shackles give 1/2 whatever they are over stock

Thus, OME plus 2" shackles will give about 3.5" over stock. And as has been mentioned, these are USED! I would counter-offer $400 since they are used. Plus, you will need to buy bushings, (most likely) u-bolts and shocks. Figure another $300-$400 for those items.

Totally O-T, but you got that turboed Jetta. Is that the 1.8? My wife's bug is throwing O2 sensor code and for the life of me I can't see where that sucker is even located to replace it.

08-20-2009, 08:31 PM
I will talk to the guy on payday and see if he still has it then consider making him an offer.

Thanks for the heads up.

As for the Jetta. My Jetta is kinda out there. 95 no ECU, no O2 except for wide band O2 sensor, stupid big exhaust, no fuel economy and taking too long to reassemble.
Pics below for effect.

Just after pulling the engine out before starting the paint project. Note the round shinny thing on the engine..

Had to strip the engine bay down a little for paint prep. Welded seams then duraglassed the seams to hide them.

After the paint and back at the garage. Smooooth.

How it sits today. I struggle with motivation to put the whole dash and engine wiring back together.