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Unread 03-02-2012, 07:03 PM   #1
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Soa?

I really want to lift my stock yj but I do not want to spend a ton of money. I am in school and work part time so I am on a tight budget. I have looked into the 4" rough country lifts but the reviews are horrible so I have started to look into the spring over axel and am really liking what I am seeing. I would like a 4"+ lift because I am going to put some 33"s on it. I am fairly certain I am going to go with the SOA.
Here are my questions:
1. Will I need a longer drive shaft?
2. Will I need extended brake lines?
3. I heard something about steering stabalization?
4. What shocks would you recoment?
5. Any other mods I will need to make?

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Unread 03-02-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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I really want to lift my stock yj but I do not want to spend a ton of money.

I am in school and work part time so I am on a tight budget.

I am fairly certain I am going to go with the SOA.
You are barking up the wrong tree. Seriously.

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Unread 03-02-2012, 07:09 PM   #3
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The typical correctly setup SOA costs $2000, give or take. Take some advice from a High School Jeeper, save your pennies.
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Unread 03-02-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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SOA definitely isn't the way to go if you're trying to do this on a budget. When I did it it cost me around ~$1200. That's without the new tires/wheels.
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Unread 03-02-2012, 10:28 PM   #5
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Keep saving, buy a set of 2" BDS springs or 2.5" OME springs, buy the rest of your needed parts seperately, get a 1" body lift and call it good. You will easilly clear 33's like that. SOA is completely out of you're league at this point.
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Unread 03-03-2012, 05:45 AM   #6
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Go for it there will be plenty of people here to answer your questions and beat you up over your decision.You will need tools ,$ ,friend or 2,$,another friend or 2, $, .Check the soa parts sticky.whats your budget? I'm no expert on soa but if your looking for a dd jeep with a little lift just buy a sua lift and be done with it..You will be running down the road quicker. soa requires lots of shop time and fab work to reduce cost overall "build more spend less idea" Ask lots of questions ,spend lots of $,don't get upset when the replies are negative .Somewhere some one is doing a soa conversion,It may not be right,they may never finish it but there doing it.Good luck
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Unread 03-03-2012, 09:38 AM   #7
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If I was starting from scratch and budget I would do a 2.5 lift, 1" body lift, 31-32" tires, and winch. This will start you with a very capable vehicle. When money permits look at a upgrading the rear axle, doing a tummy tuck and SYE. U-bolt flips would be a plus. This puts you into a good stance to go full LCOG rig. When you are ready for big 35"s, throw on some tube fenders and fix your bump stops and you are good to go.

The down side for you though is you have the I-4 so you will need a regear to run 33"+ tires. However, the idea it to spend a little along and along so you can afford to get quality parts in a way that you are actually building up your jeep. Not cutting corners here and there because you are on a budget but want it all at once. This will put you in disappointment with jeeps in general.
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agreed..... let me guess, one of your friends said it was 'easy' and he drives a civic?
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from what I have heard, I wouldn't do an SOA with anything smaller than 35's.
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Ok, after many heated debates, at least 3 questions a week, and so on, here is what I used for the SOA conversion.
I run Old Man Emu springs, so they are quoted here, aswell as the 8.8 i have. If you have different axle/springs/shocks, I dont care, this is JUST A GUIDE for the guys that need a list to go off......
Not included are lockers, wheels/tires, upgrades to the front axle, the cost of an 8.8, and anything else not related to getting the jeep SOA.
This can't be said enough.....WELDING SKILLS ARE A MUST!!!!! If you cannot weld something thoroughly enough to be 100% safe onroad and off, do not do it!!!
Does everyone use the same parts? NO!
Can you make some of these parts yourself and save a few bucks? YES
Here is a rundown, with prices from the manufacturer.
For Mountain Offroad parts, i have had good luck with Northridge4x4.com. vendor for MORE, but cheaper prices.
M.O.R.E. Parts.
TB500 - Traction Bar $235
98103 - Front axle spring perches $45
98200 - Front axle shock mounts $12.50
98500 - 8.8 mounting kit (perches,shock mounts, u bolts) $137
SH300 - Front shock hoops/extenders $84
9950 - Rear shock extenders $84
LS9081 Boomerang shackles, 3/8" lift, 2 pair $170
11/16 x 18 weld in bungs and jam nuts for tie rod/drag link $57.50
SYE Kit @$200
4wd.com
695940 Extended brake line kit $75
JB4x4.com
SOA steering bracket $160
BDFAB.net
4 - J1R Old Man Emu springs $380
Local vendor
N8068s and N8071s front and rear skyjacker nitro shocks $140
Local vendor
DOM tubing for new draglink and tierod @$50
CV rear driveshaft, and lenghen front driveshaft if needed $??

Someone else add it all up, I'm tired now...
I run 37's on that combination, with the fenders trimmed and homemade tube fenders, no body lift.

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Unread 03-07-2012, 12:46 PM   #12
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In the begining I wanted to do a 4'' rough country but after hearing these I dont think I want to do the SOA either. I would like to keep it under a thousand bucks for the lift. Anyone know a good product for under a thousand to give me a 4''+ lift?
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In the begining I wanted to do a 4'' rough country but after hearing these I dont think I want to do the SOA either. I would like to keep it under a thousand bucks for the lift. Anyone know a good product for under a thousand to give me a 4''+ lift?
In order for us to give you the proper advice you'll need to give us more info. What is your ultimate goal? What kind of wheeling will you be doing? What tire size do you want to run? Instead of settling on the amount of lift you want let's try to build around the main use of your jeep based off your budget, time, space and build plans.
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Unread 03-07-2012, 02:10 PM   #14
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In the begining I wanted to do a 4'' rough country but after hearing these I dont think I want to do the SOA either. I would like to keep it under a thousand bucks for the lift. Anyone know a good product for under a thousand to give me a 4''+ lift?
that will be hard, most will agree after 2.5 to 3" you will need things like SYE, maybe brake lines, longer shocks, etc....

to keep it simple and under a grand you could just replace the sprigns with some 2.5" OME or BDS springs, this you could prolly run the smae shocks, keeping in mind they wil be to short if you do off road it... tcase drop may be neeeded
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1990 YJ. SOA, OME 36R 3.5" lift springs, OME 5/8 greasable shackles, OTT high steer, Custom cage, team Rush, Posi, 33 TSL swampers
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Unread 03-07-2012, 03:42 PM   #15
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agreed..... let me guess, one of your friends said it was 'easy' and he drives a civic?
hey, I drive a Civic

when i first got my jeep i had a couple people told me "all you have to do to lift it is switch the springs from under to over the axles, its so easy."

yeah right!
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