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    Lift plans: SOA Discussion!

    hey guys, im buying another jeep shortly, i used to have a red 2 door cherokee with a 6.5'' long arm lift and 33's

    im taking delivery of my new 91 wrangler sahara....i have had a YJ lift planned out for a while and i want to run some things by you guys to get more info on what i have planned, i dont know all the kinks that will need to be worked out of the jeep after the plans i have so i just want to make this a general discussion to clarify my questions and hopefully some others

    my plans:

    spring over axle conversion
    custom traction bars (to stop axle wrap from the added stress of the SOA)
    2'' springs (if i cant keep the stock ones because of the added stress from the SOA)
    35'' tires
    SYE
    idk what i will need for steering but id plan on upgrading the steering box so im sure there is one that hangs lower so i wont need a drop pittman arm

    is there an advantage to cherokee springs that i have heard people running?
    or should i find longer springs and relocate the shackels to the rear bumper?

    the jeep is automatic for now, what gears should i run for the auto with 35's and the 5sp with 35's ( if i decide to swap)?


    im sure ill have more questions as we go but here is a start
    happy jeepin guys!

  2. #2
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    spring over axle conversion
    custom traction bars (to stop axle wrap from the added stress of the SOA)
    These two go hand in hand. I built mine at home using some tube and brackets from tuffstuff. They have a kit that includes laser cut brackets and bushings.

    2'' springs (if i cant keep the stock ones because of the added stress from the SOA)
    I am SOA with stock springs and a full length Add-A-Leaf. So far I have no complaints. I have inverted them quite often and they are holding up. However, I am expecting to break or bend one sooner or later.

    35'' tires
    SYE
    35's with SOA and 2" springs may be too much lift or not enough tire. With that set up, you should be able to comfortably fit 37's

    idk what i will need for steering but id plan on upgrading the steering box so im sure there is one that hangs lower so i wont need a drop pittman arm
    Here is the biggie.... You will need some form of high steer. There are many ways to do it correctly. Do not use bent drag links. It is unsafe. Look for steering correction kits for SOA. I personally used the Blue Torch Fab Steering Bracket. It requires using SRE's in the steering, but I already had a steering set up from Welcome to the Genuine Bullet Proof Steering System Solution! that used SRE's. Many others use regular TRE's with good results.

    is there an advantage to cherokee springs that i have heard people running?
    or should i find longer springs and relocate the shackels to the rear bumper?
    The Cherokee springs will stretch the wheel base. I dont have much info on this as I haven't done it (yet).

    the jeep is automatic for now, what gears should i run for the auto with 35's and the 5sp with 35's ( if i decide to swap)?
    Mine is an auto on 35's with 4.88's in the diff. It does awesome offroad. No shortage of power. However it does run out of gear on the interstate. I have plans to do an AW4 swap from a cherokee to get the overdrive. That being said, after wheeling the first YJ with a 5spd, and this one with an auto, I wouldnt trade the auto for anything.


    The nice thing about SOA is that their are plenty of ways to do it. You will find that most wont tell you how you should do it, but rather how they did it.


 

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