April 15, 2008i have a stock 1985 CJ7and have had alot of good replies 2 my previous suspension topic posts but now i am considering a SOA... i think it would "ULTIMATELY" be better and around the some COST but it looks like it migh mean more FABRICATING...what do yall think? thanks...
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April 15, 2008Spring perches, brakes lines, shocks, longer drive shafts,anti wrap set for rear and a high steer set up front to do it correctly. Then comes larger tires, which means re-gearing. Then comes new axles because the D30/35 will not hold up. This means new gears again, new wheels because of bolt patterns are different in the new axles. Long run not cheap, but effective. I know this is easier said than done, but it will be a lot cheaper in the long run to figure out what you want to do with the rig, then plan a build accordingly (such as axles, tires, gearing ect)You can ask any of us how much we could have shaved if we would have followed our own advice.
April 15, 2008i hear ya...usually "your own" advice is WAAAY better than anyone elses...the kit that im looking for comes complete but doenst include the extras like gears and such...i say im gonna stay relatively minor when it comes 2 wheeling but if its anything like harleys (my other hobby) ima need 2 refinance my house!!!
April 15, 2008That's some good info from 89wrangler. What size tires do you want to run and are you going to upgrade the axles as well? What kind of terrain will you be running on and how aggressive is your driving? These are factors that'll help you plan your build the way you want it the first time.
April 15, 2008my tires will be < 36" always...im looking at 33" or 35" tires and i dont plan on going "EXTREME" either....i think ill just go w my gut and do the 4/3 that i had planed on doing...
April 15, 2008i didnt plan on running anything bigger than a 33" tire either...... go bigger than what you want now....because your going to want to go bigger later if you dont. spend the money once like steve said
April 15, 2008Where at in Temple are you? I just did a spring over and wheelbase stretch on my CJ7 and I could show you what you are going to have to do if you are going the spring over route. Like Steve said, it will cost you, but SOA opens up more possibilities for you in the future.
April 15, 2008some good advice from those above. just went through the change over to SOA. Previously i had a 4" suspension w/1" body lift & 33" tires. With many of the trails i ran, i got my fair share of rubbing with that set-up. I never cared for the look of a body lift greater than 1"
i wanted to run 35's and couldn't do it with my old set up. So....with larger tires, came the SOA, upgraded axles, and all the other components that make it work. If I were to do it all over again....I would go right into the SOA from stock.
April 15, 2008On the 4/3 if the three is a body lift don't do it looks bad and many other reasons.
April 16, 2008Sounds like everyone pretty well covered all the basics. SOA = not cheaper thats for sure. How ever well worth it in the long run. Like they said always plan bigger than what you think you need. It sucks doing things twice.
April 16, 2008if i do the SOA will that eliminate the body lift?
April 16, 2008Yup, You are looking at around 5" of lift with a SOA on a YJ. You should fit 35's just fine if not 36's. Just don't plan on doing it quickly. It can take months to get all the bugs out of an SOA or several wheeling trips at least. Unless your like Eric and have an Advertising Budget.