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Old Man Emu Suspension Review after 50,000km

Old Man Emu, or OME has been around for a very long time, distributed by ARB and sold all over Australia (and in fact the world!). Back in 2018, we fitted a GVM upgrade to our Isuzu Dmax, and used OME Suspension with their nitro charger shocks.

Since then, we’ve done about 50,000km of varied terrain, from the usual school drop offs and general commuting through to the Gibb River Road, lots of 4WD tracks and a huge number of corrugations. Put simply, the suspension has been used fairly well, and now its time to do a review.

Old man Emu Suspension

The OME suspension in our Dmax after about 50,000km

Prior to that, we also replaced the suspension on our 80 Series Land Cruiser with Old Man Emu, and had that for several years, giving it quite the flogging off road.

Now, the usual disclaimer here; this product in both cases was purchased with our own money, and we’ve received no kick backs from ARB. This post was not initiated by ARB, and none of the opinions below have been influenced in any way by them, or anyone else. We did get trade pricing from them though, which was nice.

Old man emu suspension

We ran Old Man Emu Suspension on our previous 80 series Land Cruiser too

What’s good about Old Man Emu Suspension?

It just works

For me, what I care most about in a product is how it functions. I don’t care how it looks, or what others think about it, but it must work, and the old man emu gear does exactly that. It gets used on a heap of 4WD’s all over the place, and for us, it just works. We’ve had no leaks, no cracking, nothing come loose, or anything else go wrong.

I’m sure there are better products on the market, and we could have certainly purchased something else, but they didn’t fit the bill in terms of warranty, price, GVM upgrade capacity or lift amount.

4 years later in the Dmax

After 4 years of hard work, its still performing perfectly fine

It hasn’t sagged

I’ve seen some pretty shocking suspension kits that have been a decent height for a year or two, and then sagged considerably. I haven’t measured our Dmax, but its still sitting up very high, and I have no doubt that the sag would be minimal, if any at all.

I have seen some other brands sag very quickly, and long term too. Given ours is about 3 years old and has had a pretty serious work out I’m pretty confident in it.

Old Man Emu Springs

600kg constant load springs on the rear

It’s cost effective

Our Dmax build was done with the idea of using products that would do the job, but not break the bank. Some of the ARB gear is extremely expensive, but their OME nitro charger shock absorber and springs GVM upgrade is pretty decently priced.

I compared it to a number of other brands and it was in the middle, with a warranty that was better than some of the other brands.

I don’t mind paying a bit more for a quality product, but paying more for something that doesn’t last like it should is not much fun at all.

If you want to know how much our build cost, check out What did our Isuzu Dmax build cost?

Dmax and Reconn

Our entire build was done trying to be cost effective

It’s available anywhere

You can get OME suspension replacement parts from all over the country. This is important when something goes wrong and you are miles away from home, or from the nearest major town. Touch wood we haven’t needed to do this, but if it happens, there are distributors available.

OME availability

No matter where you are in Australia, spares are not too far away

What’s not so good

Squeaking

The only complaint that I have about the OME suspension is the fact that the rear leaf springs squeak terribly sometimes. I have no idea why, and even after greasing, they will just squeak.

You’ll hear it backing out of the driveway and going off the curb, or when you go around a sharp corner, but the most annoying is when you are off-road, and doing slow speed work.

Its not the end of the world, and hasn’t caused any issues, but it is certainly annoying. What is strange is that it comes and goes; sometimes you won’t hear it for months on ends, and other times it never stops.

Given how important suspension is, and our only gripe being the squeaking it hardly affects our OME suspension review.

Squeaky suspension

The rear springs often squeak

Old Man Emu Suspension Review

We are really happy with the suspension so far. It’s now done close to 75,000km, and hasn’t really missed a beat. Would we get it again?

Yep, absolutely. If we had need of remote reservoir options I’d shop around to see what alternatives were about, but for this build the OME gear has been perfectly suited to our needs, and trouble free.

Old Man Emu Off Road

The Old Man Emu Suspension has proved itself on two vehicles now

Have you had experience with OME suspension? Do you rate it?

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2 comments… add one
  • Peter Sherwood September 14, 2021, 8:55 AM

    Thanks for your information,very much appreciated.

  • Aaron Schubert September 14, 2021, 7:12 PM

    Hey Peter,

    No problem; you are very welcome

    All the best
    Aaron

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