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Unread 08-25-2009, 10:36 PM   #1
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SOA or Suspension Lift?

Hello Peeps,

I'm trying to get 35x14.50's to fit comfortably under my 85 CJ. Do you recommend a good SOA job or 4 inch suspension lift with a combination of a body lift and/or taller shackles? Any advice is appreciated. Also, with either route, I would like to swap out to YJ springs... should I swap front and back or just front if I do the lift?

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Unread 08-25-2009, 10:54 PM   #2
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I'm a SOA fan. That's just me. If doing the YJ spring conversion go ahead and do front and rear. That's My .02$
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Unread 08-25-2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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i am also a SOA fan i have 33's under my CJ7 with a SOA and no body lift. and they fit very comfortably.
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Unread 08-25-2009, 11:47 PM   #4
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Hey breakthru cleam out your mail box. I tried to PM you but its full.
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Unread 08-26-2009, 08:06 PM   #5
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jeepmaster... pm me if need be now. What's up?
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Unread 08-26-2009, 08:16 PM   #6
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This may be a silly question, but if I do an SOA lift... and it adds 5" of lift, is that with stock springs? then if I got 2.5" suspension lift springs for the SOA, would that total 7.5" of lift?... is this how an SOA works?
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Unread 08-26-2009, 08:31 PM   #7
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This may be a silly question, but if I do an SOA lift... and it adds 5" of lift, is that with stock springs? then if I got 2.5" suspension lift springs for the SOA, would that total 7.5" of lift?... is this how an SOA works?
Yessir. Go SOA with the YJ springs, but stock height.
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Unread 08-26-2009, 08:57 PM   #8
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yup. 4.5" w/ SOA plus 2.5" lift springs = 7" lift. Now you can stuff 36" meats with no rubbing and maybe get 38's in there with some rubbing.
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Unread 08-27-2009, 07:19 AM   #9
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IMO 7" is unsafe on the street. Even 5" with flexy springs is sometimes iffy depending on the driver (been doing/driving SOA for more than 20 years).
If its a street jeep stick with smaller tires, a standard suspension lift and better handling.
If its for off road use go with SOA and do a TJ or Scrambler fender flair mod to get the additional clearance needed for 33s to 35s (yes; I have trashed sheet metal (excessive rubbing) with 33s when flexed off road with SOA and no flair mod).
Your stock front axle and gearing are undersized for 35s in any case.
If you need to ask the question; you need to stick with a standard suspension lift and avoid SOA, IMO.

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Unread 08-27-2009, 08:30 AM   #10
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SOA vs. a suspension lift depends on who's doing the work, how much experience they have, and what your budget is.

Spring over done correctly isn't cheap (especially if you're paying someone else) nor is it easy to do.
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Unread 09-03-2009, 08:00 PM   #11
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I'd have somebody experienced do it... I was considering the Rocky Road Outfitter's one... it seems to have some of the best components I've seen, especially the perches, but I'd definitely want to weld it.
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