Ok so my cj5 has like a 3 inch boy lift that's pretty ugly. Seeing the entire frame under the jeep isn't very good looking. I am on a budget and was wondering, what are my options? I was thinking, get rid of the body lift all together, and doing a soa lift to make up for the loss of lift from
taking away the body lift. would this be driveable on the road?taking away
At a minimum you need longer driveshafts, longer brakelines and shocks, some way to combat spring wrap in the rear axle. Steering corrections are necessary to avoid bump steer and a dropped pitman arm isn't the right way to deal with it.
On a narrow track CJ5 you should also go wider as you go taller (wider axles). A spring over with stock springs is at a minimum 5" of lift over stock.
This isn't something a beginner takes on either. There's a lot more to it than welding spring perches on the other side of the axle tube.
I'm in my soa about a grand, mostly for a new flat top knuckle and high steer stuff and new front drive shaft. still have to build another anti wrap bar (broke the 1st one), redo shock mounts and buy longer shocks. And would like to build DOM steering rods.
Also, the amount of fabrication/mechanical experience/ability will affect the cost of a properly executed SOA.
Being able to weld, cut your own brackets, mill/drill/tap knuckles, make your own steering linkage..etc. Those are all things that can help you keep cost down. If you have to turn your rig over to a shop to do the work, the price goes up considerably.
'80 CJ5 w/AMC360, T176, D44 w/Detroit 4.56, RE 4" YJ lift and 35s..
CSP theres NO need in being a smart *** ! I was just showing my jeep has been out and I have had no problems and my Jeep will go any where I want it to go! Same S**t on this forum as normal. Also I was just giving my thoughts on SOA'S and that I was very Happy with mine!