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Unread 08-27-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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Spring Over Axle Lift?

CJ7 with 33s only thanks to spacers. I am looking to lift it but am looking for input as to how realistic/smart a SOA is vs a standard suspension lift.

Also, what all would have to be replaced in order to do a SOA?

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Unread 08-27-2013, 03:42 PM   #2
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if 33" tires is as big as you want, most will tell you not to do a SOA. It really depends on what you are doing with the CJ, and a SOA is not easy as it sounds, and not a "cheap Lift". Lots to consider in SOA, axle wrap is big issue, and caster.....and many more. Which you are soon to hear about from more experienced jeepers than me I like my SOA. I did it myself, but it has not been cheap or easy, and still not done

What are your plans for the jeep? Budget? skills and resources?
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Unread 08-27-2013, 04:13 PM   #3
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My plans are still up in the air. It was a mess when I got it. No real plans to go larger then 33s. It isn't something I drive every day, but it is fun to drive on weekends and do a little off-road stuff and playing in mud that isn't too deep/bad... mostly trail stuff though.
Budget is yet to be determined. We have discussed selling this CJ7 and getting a TJ or JK (we just had a baby boy in May and the back seat isn't secure in this CJ and it has the sport roll bar not a full one and no heat or a/c... the wife is getting a little antsy) but we have also talked about keeping it as a toy b/c of all the work we have done to it so far just so we don't feel like we're wasting the work.
Skills- this is my first jeep and I know just a little bit more than nothing. I'm learning as I go. I have some access to folks that know more than I do. I can work my way through some stuff but major surgery-- I'm hiring it our or at least getting help.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 04:28 PM   #4
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Spring over done correctly is major surgery and expensive even if you do it yourself. Think longer driveshafts, longer shocks, revised shock mounting, anti-wrap bar for the rear axle, steering corrections, etc. Your CJ is also a narrow track and as you go taller you also need to go wider (different axles). Spring over nets a minimum of 5" of lift and you really don't need that much for 33s.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 04:32 PM   #5
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I have wide axles, but I didn't realize there were so many parts that would have to be replaced doing it that way.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 04:54 PM   #6
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Being that my jeep isn't exactly what you'd call a smooth ride, what lift would you recommend? I've seen different people bashing this company or that company for one reason or another, but I have no visions of my CJ being a comfy ride. So I'm not looking for a top-of-the-line suspension lift if I go that route either. Thoughts? Suggestions?
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Unread 08-27-2013, 05:04 PM   #7
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Spring over done correctly is major surgery and expensive even if you do it yourself. Think longer driveshafts, longer shocks, revised shock mounting, anti-wrap bar for the rear axle, steering corrections, etc. Your CJ is also a narrow track and as you go taller you also need to go wider (different axles). Spring over nets a minimum of 5" of lift and you really don't need that much for 33s.

he is correct, mine will go from the trailer to the mud or trail. don't plan on any daily driving, other than from one trail head to the next, I plan on going full width 3/4 tons.



oh yeah............ forget the budget, owning a jeep and budget........does not exist lmao
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Unread 08-27-2013, 05:13 PM   #8
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when you said spacers? you mean body lift? if you have 33,s now why change it?
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Unread 08-27-2013, 05:16 PM   #9
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No, i mean wheel spacers to set the wheels wider so they don't rub when i turn the wheel all the way.
As for budget, it went out the window real soon after buying it haha. I'm no idiot and I'm not going to put in an a/c and a bunch of other stuff a jeep like mine has no business having if its going to be a toy to drive on weekends and play around in.
As of now I don't see anything larger than 33s going on it soon and the spacers I have on now allow for clearance.

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Unread 09-02-2013, 02:38 PM   #10
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10-4 ..yup I need spacers..or better yet, full width real axles
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