Originally Posted by rarrace
I realize the SMB 4wd has improved over the years so I prefer a stock 2005-ish (first generation conversion) with OMEmu shocks for comparison (happen to also be entertaining one equipped exactly that way at the moment)
That's what I started with. The OME were blown after 50K miles, and the ride was tight because the back springs were always on the overloads. Despite that, the ride and handling were great as I recall- however with one exception.
That exception being the front suspension had almost no uptravel, and slamming into the bumpstops was spine jarring, never mind the teeth. If I could have predictably avoided all railroad crossings and bumps above 15mph I never would have had a reason to change to Deavers.
Despite that, the Atlas-II transfer case, Pro-Rock 60 and tighter turn radius were no contest in my opinion.
If I had it to do over I'd go custom, like with an S&K or U-joint but for what I want the SMB4x4 was the better choice over Quigley.