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post #1 of 10 Old 02-04-2009, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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SOA: Is it worth it?

This may sound like a dumb question to some but after searching through a few previous posts I think it's worth asking.

Do you think the SOA kit is worth it? Meaning, did you end up with a much worse steering setup? or does it scare the ---- out of you going down the road now? A few guys mentioned their rigs now drive like a death trap! My CJ-7 is daily drive/weekend warrior as is most of the readers on this forum. I'm currently running a 35 SSR with a 4-inch suspension lift, lift shakles, and 1-inch poly bushings. As of now, my ride is fairly smooth. I'd like more clearance without having to trim the fender wells or install tube fenders. Seems like my next step would be to utilize the SOA. I've looked at a few, most currently was the one from Rocky-Road Outfitters. Seems like a good quality kit.

Anyway...those of you that use the SOA, Would you recommend it?

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-04-2009, 02:25 PM
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I have SOA on an 84 CJ7 and I can drive 80 on the highway. It's not scary at all. The only problematic thing about SOA (other than building it) is that you need to be rather tall to get in an SOA Jeep. I'm 6' and I have to jump a little to get in mine. Do not use the steering wheel to pull yourself in or you will destroy the steering column bearings.
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Every Jeep Ive had Ive done a SOA. IMO the springs belong on top like just about every other leaf sprung vehicle comes from the factory.i
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Appreciate the posts...did you fab your own or use a kit?
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-04-2009, 04:33 PM
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Personally I wouldn't use a kit at all, but some others on here and other sites have with success. I build my own and do a shackle reverse in the front. Going with your 4" springs, it will make it very high and that is overkill for the 35's. I can run 35's and they will rub when flexed all the way, but I do plan to either go the RE reverse eye 1.5 YJ SOA springs or a 2.5 YJ spring.

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I would recommend it. Either way if your u-bolts come off your going for a ride of your life. But I have a 81 cj5 with cranked springs, and SOA and 35's and it drives like a regular CJ.

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post #7 of 10 Old 02-04-2009, 06:26 PM
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Appreciate the posts...did you fab your own or use a kit?
I used YJ springs and fabbed a bunch of stuff. I had a local shop lengthen a drive shaft and another local shop made longer brake lines. I would not bet a nickel on an SOA kit having all the right parts you need in it.
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-04-2009, 06:34 PM
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I too run YJ stock leaves SOA on both Jeeps.. 81 CJ 7 and an 83 CJ8. Both were done by myself and I would also venture too say that No Kit will be "complete"...on the other hand, I have used YJ springs on the 81 and it is scary on the road, but killer on the trail... the CJ 8 has 4 new YJ 6 pack rear springs...much safer.. dont forget high steer arms when you do it...

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I run the Full Traction 5.5 SOA woth 3" springs. It drives fine with 36's on it...I think setting your caster correctly will ensure a much more controllable ride. I am new to the Jeep thing so I'm not quite sure.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-04-2009, 09:34 PM
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I should have said I have 4 YJ rear spring packs on my SOA. And I added a leaf from a chevy S10 Blazer in each pack. So my springs are a bit stiffer than straight YJ springs.
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