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post #1 of 7 Old 05-18-2001, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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To SOA or not to SOA VS RE Extreme Duty 4" Lift

I am wanting to put a suspension lift on my 91 Wrangler. Anyone have SOA and have an opinion. How does it ride? It would be the most radical lift for my Jeep. What parts do I need and what are optional?
RE (Rubicon Express) Extreme Duty 4" Lift for YJ. Runs $849. How much more for a SOA? RE has SOA kits too, but I don't know for sure if I need everything in their kit. Not sure what all their kit includes. Any and all HELP needed.

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this is a reply to your question about the gauge conversion; ALL WHEEL DRIVE in farmington nm. their website is ALL WHEEL and click on products (gauge bracket)
also the article was in 4wd sport utility magazine (TECH article ROCK WRANGLER ) i found this off their website.
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Talk to some of the guys with fwd-fwd. Take a look at the rigs that are soa. Then ask them about there first hand experiances and have them point out what it is they are talking about on there rigs. I'm sure if money is a major concern, you will like the RE Extreme kit the most. It's a great kit.
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SOA is going to run you about 1,200 or more, if you get the SYE and a steering correction kit from M.O.R.E, and also the RE pieces, go to and click on tech articles and check out the SOA instruction, liquiddirt has the best review with a full list of supplies, welding is the only thing setting me back from getting one, but no matter what the two lifts will cost almost the same. $849 plus SYE $340 1,189 so it may be a little cheaper but the SOA has a better result.

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I have an 87 SOA. As far as ride; well, it rides like a lifted jeep, however, it handles very well on the trail and I have great clearance. Two of the main problems you have with SOA are: driveline alignment and axle spring wraping. I also recommend that you do not use your stock springs for a SOA. Some guys think its ok, however, they were not designed for SOA and will wear fast. One benefit from my SOA; no need for a body lift.
Overall- not sure if I would do it again. There are many good bolt-on kits on the market, and you can always throw on a body lift if needed.
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SOA's are a great way to go, if you have the ability to fabricate (weld, cut, torch, etc). There are some kits out there, but there's no bolt-on kit....nor would you ever want one.

My biggest suggestion to you is to do your homework! Research, research, research. SOA's can be built to handle phenominally on the road, but they have to be done right. There are a lot of write-up's on the web there on how to do 'em all before ya dive into something like this.

I've got a very extensive write-up on my site (under "Tech Papers"), so check that out first. Then find all the others out there and learn from 'em...

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Originally posted by Loomis4wheeler:
I also recommend that you do not use your stock springs for a SOA. Some guys think its ok, however, they were not designed for SOA and will wear fast.
I don't know if you think I'm lying or what, but you keep insisting they don't work. Ok, they didn't work for you, fine say that. I ran a set of stock springs (w/add-a-leaf) for over 2 years SOA. Those springs hit the Rubicon, the Dusy-Ershim, Jackhammer and a number of other trails. And now the same set of springs is on my son's SOA. I have assisted in building quite a few SOAs and many of them run on stock springs with add-a-leaves.

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