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Unread 07-16-2014, 06:42 PM   #1
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Soa lift

As anyone ever ran a bolt on soa lift along with a 4" leaf spring lift kit

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Unread 07-16-2014, 06:47 PM   #2
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Is this for a 5 or 7? If its a 5 thats way too tall. Youd still probably want to stretch if its a 7 thats about 9" of lift.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 07:06 PM   #3
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It's a 77 cj7. Thinking about running 38's
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Unread 07-17-2014, 12:40 AM   #4
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What axles are you going to run? You will also need to be wide.
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Unread 07-17-2014, 07:42 AM   #5
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I would run stock springs soa(Maybe a 1 inch BL too), and get some tube fenders, and do some trimming in the rear. Keep that center of gravity lower. You get into stretching and that's big bucks. 9" on stock width axles on a stock wheel base would be horrifying. Not to mention the stock axles wont last long on the road with 38", much less offroad.
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Unread 07-17-2014, 07:59 AM   #6
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where is this "bolt on" SOA lift you speak of? Typically SOA involves a good bit of grinding/welding, and steering work. A bolt on kit will probably cost a considerable chunk of $$$ to do it right. As said, with 4" lift springs+ the added 5-6" of the SOA, you are gonna be really tall for a stock wheelbase and axle width. Also, 38's might add some axle wrap into the mix. If you use offset springs, meaning a short side/long side where the axle sits (like Waggy springs), you can reverse the springs for a quick stretch. On the front you will have to account for some caster and angle changes. I would not do the SOA with 4" lift springs. 2" max, and I'd stretch and go with waggy axles with deep wheels or spacers and do tube fenders or cut and run TJ flares.
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Unread 07-17-2014, 09:02 AM   #7
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I have stock dana 30 up front and amc 20 in rear. There is also 2"spacers now. Now I'm running super swamper bloggers 35x16r15.
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Unread 07-17-2014, 09:06 AM   #8
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I also have bushwacker cutout flares. I don't do any off-roading. It's mainly a weekend driver. Don't go too fast just cruise around. And I found the conversion kit at http://www.rocky-road.com/cj-spring-over-axle.html
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Unread 07-17-2014, 09:46 AM   #9
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Seems pretty affordable really, though I can't see any close ups of the mounts and their construction. The Z-bar is a crappy setup but they do offer Hi-steer as an extra. Their spring pads seem to slip over the axle and butt against the existing perches and use them as a brace to keep from rotating... I'd weld the snot out of them personally.

do yourself a favor and find some Stock YJ springs. If you run 10" of lift (6.5" from kit + 4" lift springs) with 38's on a CJ with stock axles then you are asking for trouble. Not to mention you'd be a hazard to everybody else on the road.
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Unread 07-17-2014, 10:49 AM   #10
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I wouldn't go 38s with the axles you have. Imo. I have never heard any good about rockyroad products. Reasearch and do the soa yourself, if I was you id use an xj bastard pack, comp cut the rear. Go dana 60 s and with hi steer. You are going to need to do a lot more reasearch on soa. Its not as easy as a bolt on kit if you want to do a quality job. Expecially if you're going with 38s.
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Unread 07-19-2014, 10:49 AM   #11
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Any body done a spring over conversion?
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Unread 07-19-2014, 12:22 PM   #12
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Any body done a spring over conversion?
Reasearch on here there are multiple threads about soa swaps.
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Unread 07-19-2014, 06:46 PM   #13
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The Z-bar is a crappy setup but they do offer Hi-steer as an extra.
I just scrapped a Rocky Road high steer setup. It was unsafe to be on the road, so I removed it after one day, and sure as heck wouldn't feel right selling it to anybody else. If everything they design is like the steering, run, run far, and run fast.
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Unread 07-22-2014, 08:19 AM   #14
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Thanks. Think I'm just going to leave it like it is for. Have enough trouble getting in.
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Unread 07-28-2014, 07:59 PM   #15
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I have a 4" lift with a SOA on my CJ8 and like the results. I built my own high steer front spindle and drives no different then before. Have about 8" total now. I was only looking to get a total of 6" and couldn't get it. The two big hitters are:
New rear drive shaft $440
New brake lines $110
But the rest of it was minimal, just a little time consuming. Was a great winter project .
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