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Unread 08-01-2003, 09:09 AM   #1
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Spring Over vs Spring Under Question

My leaf springs are going bad in my 82 cj5 and ready for replacement. I sit 4" high right now and was wondering if i should just go with new 4" leafs or is i should go SOA. From what i have heard SOA puts me up 4-5" automatically. Does that mean i can just get stock cj leaf springs, put them over? If so, you guys think a SOA stock leaf would flex more or less than a 4" SUA? Dumb question, but just wondering

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Unread 08-01-2003, 01:17 PM   #2
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Don't do the spring over; I have heard many bad things about it. First off, it lifts too high for a Jeep about 5". I have my doubts that stock springs would flex better than aftermarket. Best bet is to buy new 4" lift springs.
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Unread 08-01-2003, 09:42 PM   #3
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Well I thought I might add my .02 cents here. I am sprung over and love it.. and I run 2 1/2 lift springs on top of that with another 1 1/4 inch lift shackles to much lift I think not. I have just enough room to stuff my 36s all the way into the wells and some pretty damn good droop as well. Now I would never put down a SUA its all personal choice here. But yes you can run stock CJ springs or even go stock YJ springs as they are a little softer and even though they sit flat you get some good articulation out of them. Really what it comes down to is how much do you want to spend and what do you want the finale outcome to look like. Figure a properly SOA can cost in the neighborhood of several hundered dollars. If you can weld and do most or all of the work yourself then you can knock off a great deal of that.
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Unread 08-01-2003, 10:05 PM   #4
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I can weld, have decent experience, but for what i dont have, i know plenty of people. Just how much are we talking. I know rubicon express makes a kit which comes with a dropped pitman arm, but i hear that pitman arm ends up hanging up on the springs that now sit over the axle. hmm...
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