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post #1 of 5 Old 05-15-2001, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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to SOA or not to SOA it expensive to install? Does my mpg go down, will it have better handling? Will I flip take a turn at 3 mph? Need some help...

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-16-2001, 10:00 AM
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You might want to look around on some Jeep sites and look at other people's rigs. Look at some SOA'd jeeps and see if you want to be that high and if thats what your looking for.

An SOA is the way to go. Its somewhat expensive because it ususally involves custom work.
Your MPG will go down, not because of the lift, but because of the bigger tires that you will be running, and you'll probably want to do a gear change.
As for the handling, it kinda depends on how well the SOA is performed and how the steering is handled.
You shouldn't flip your Jeep driving down the road unless you pull something stupid like making a u-turn going 40mph

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I drive an 87 SOA. I will answer your points based on my experence:
Cost - cost more than a bolt on lift because of the custom work involved(if you do it right)The critical factors are the alignments. You should call shops in your area to get pricing(make sure you get a list of all parts they plan to replace)
MPG - I second Cody's reply, it's the tires and gears along with other factors that effect MPG.
Handling - compared to what? Any lift will change how your jeep handles, however, I will say that a poor SOA installation will result in poor handling (do not use your stock springs). Just keep in mind that as you build your jeep for off-road, it's on-road performance will decrease(its a give and take)
Flip - As you go higher, you increase the potential for roll-over, however, your driving skills will increase or decrease this potential
Summary - So, is a SOA the way to go? Depends who you talk to. There are so many lifts on the market, it becomes a matter of choice...and wallet. heheehheee
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Is your jeep still stock? Are you new to the hobby/sport? Do you know what type of wheeling you want to build your rig for? Will it spend most of it's time on the street?

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-17-2001, 12:41 AM
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Not a whole lot to add here, just a disagreement or two.

Yes, just going SOA alone will affect your gas mileage. I know this for a fact. We've measured the effect on two different YJs just to verify. Much more air winds up passing under the Jeep than the previous height and creates drag is what we suspect. Of course, if you gained the height thru some means other than SOA, I suspect you'd have the same result.

Loomis, using stock springs certainly does not mean you'll have a poor handling SOA. As a matter of fact, the stock springs with a full-length add-a-leaf is what I'd recommend. I realize that some have had poor luck with stock springs. But it is almost always those who do not use an add-a-leaf, or try to substitute the add-a-leaf with a cut main leaf. But even if you do use stockers alone, that just results in flat or negative arched springs. The handling does not suffer due to this. You don't get much lift, but the ride actually improves.

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