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Old 05-26-2007, 02:49 PM   #1
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Talking Everyones opinion.... SOA

I bought a 93 stock wrangler, 4cyl. 5 speed. I want to SOA it and run 37's. I just want to get everyones opinion on what ever they think about my idea and if anyone has anything to add on the good , bad, or if you have some helpful tips i'm all ears!!! Hell if you think i'm an idiot for doing this tell me.... i wanna know. Thanks for all your thoughts.

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I bought a 93 stock wrangler, 4cyl. 5 speed. I want to SOA it and run 37's. I just want to get everyones opinion on what ever they think about my idea and if anyone has anything to add on the good , bad, or if you have some helpful tips i'm all ears!!! Hell if you think i'm an idiot for doing this tell me.... i wanna know. Thanks for all your thoughts.
What are you looking to accomplish with going SOA? Sit down and make a list of what you want to get out of the jeep vs what it is going to take to get there. Is it functional or just ego? I personally think it just overtaxes the original suspension and drivetrain and gearing for what you get out of it. If you have a ton of money to burn, go for it!

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I have a 91 4 banger running spring over. it sucks on the road but does great offroad.
I think 37's would be a bit big with a 4 banger unless all you want to do is offroad.
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:19 PM   #5
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I ran SOA for 5 years and loved it, but I did it correctly. Number one problem you will have is the drive train and 37's. Expect to change out the rear axle and install alloy shafts in the front plus gearing. The D35 in the rear will not even cover 37's if you are working the speed bumps at the mall .
Second you will need an SYE and CV drive shaft for the rear due to angles.
This does not even start on the SOA part just some of the things required to start it.
Lots of information is available on the internet on SOA and how to do it. Do some research and when you specific questions ask.
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I ran SOA for 5 years and loved it, but I did it correctly. Number one problem you will have is the drive train and 37's. Expect to change out the rear axle and install alloy shafts in the front plus gearing. The D35 in the rear will not even cover 37's if you are working the speed bumps at the mall .
Second you will need an SYE and CV drive shaft for the rear due to angles.
This does not even start on the SOA part just some of the things required to start it.
Lots of information is available on the internet on SOA and how to do it. Do some research and when you specific questions ask.
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Hackle speaks the truth, I would upgrade to a ford 8.8 if you want to stay with the dana 30 front but if you want to go fullwiths ford 9inch rears are very common in junkyards and can be found dirt cheap, a front axle out of a late 70's Fullsize Jeep cherokee is the same width as a 9inch rear out of a 78-85 ford f-150,bronco. this is the set up i run, I think the ford 9inch rear end is stronger than a dana 44 and they are cheaper and easyer to build......
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thats another thing i was thinking of doing since i have a 78 bronco laying around.... do you know how much wider it would make it, and what would i have to do to keep it legal?
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thats another thing i was thinking of doing since i have a 78 bronco laying around.... do you know how much wider it would make it, and what would i have to do to keep it legal?
it is 5 inches wider whick equates to 2.5 inches wider on each side
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Old 05-27-2007, 10:25 PM   #9
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does it make a big diff in looks??
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With the bigger tires, it makes it look right. I am looking at the same axles for mine. To keep it close to legal, you will need some wider fender flares. If you already have them, then it just makes sense to incorporate them into your SOA.
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:11 PM   #11
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well for now i think i'm gonna start hunting down a ford 8.8 for the rear
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ive done an 8.8 swap on my tj and my buddies yj along with an SOA. Doing the 8.8 the same time as the SOA is a good idea. the 8.8 has tons of strength.the only problem is that u have to regear the 8.8 when u get it. I found my 8.8 for 200 bucks complete with disc brakes that provide incredible stoping power. Worth every penny.
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Old 06-05-2007, 11:06 AM   #13
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yea for me i think the 8.8 swap would be a more reasonable plan right now
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:43 PM   #14
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If you have the time to wait, just keep an eye on the boards. When someone else is going full width (9" rear/Dana44front) scoop up their old axles. I picked up my set ready for SOA and matching gears for cheap
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:28 PM   #15
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cool i'll try and do that, i have time

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