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Old 08-17-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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SOA - New Stock Springs - 33" Tire - Nothing Else

When I was researching SOA and how high it would take me and using only 33" tires I couldn't really find specifically what I was looking for. I saw a lot of 35" tires and I saw a lot of SOA with lift springs. I also saw a lot of SOA with used springs.

I'm posting this for those that don't want to go too extreme with the lift but want a good idea about what it's going to look like.

When I did my SOA I used worn out springs from a 4 cyl. It gave me about as much lift as worn out RC springs, shackle lift, and 1" body lift. Just enough lift to clear 33" without rubbing. Flexed really well though.

As it sits now, it has stock spring bought new. I bought the 6 pack springs all the way around b/c it was cheaper that way. I took off the small helper spring so I'm sitting with 5 pack leaf springs on all four corners.

Stock shackle length, no body lift with 33" tires.



Hopefully this will give someone a good idea about high a SOA can get you with good springs with no additions. Any questions, just let me know.

Mods, if this needs to be moved to another location, just let me know... or go ahead and move it.

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Old 08-17-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
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Could you measure the distance from the ground to the bottom of your rocker please. Would like to know how much difference there is between yours and my 4.5" SUA and 35's.

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Old 08-17-2013, 04:54 PM   #3
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I measure 27.5"

What is your measurement?
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:18 PM   #4
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Great. Thanks. Nice looking rig as well.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:32 PM   #5
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Thanks! Looks great. I have been debating doing a stock spring height spring over with alcan stretched springs. I just don't want too much lift. I'm at about 4" total with my rc sua springs, 1" bl and 1" shackle lift. Running 36's with trimming. Would like the flex of soa.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:51 PM   #6
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note the tj flares give about +1.5" of clearance in the wheel wheels.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:15 PM   #7
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Yeah I forgot to mention the TJ flares but those aren't something I'm taking off like the body lift and shackle lift. And these particular flares are more like 1/2". They are stock TJ flares but I didn't cut off anything close to 1.5"
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:23 PM   #8
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When I had my RC springs, they were worn out, "sagging" as everyone sees, but they flexed pretty darn good... Probably b/c they were so worn out. I haven't had theses springs long enough to give a good example of them but right now, new 5 leaf packs don't ride that soft. I'm expecting them to soften up some when they get a little more worn in. They are "stock" replacement so they should start to sag here eventually
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:29 PM   #9
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Btw Eastcoastjeeps.com is the cheapest site for stock springs I found plus it was free shipping. They were also quick to respond and helpful. Thought I'd pass it on.
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All the info you were looking for was in the soa sticky
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I was looking at rustys offroad and they have these special soa leafs. Do I need these? I wish I would have done this instead of my 4in in the first place.
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All the info you were looking for was in the soa sticky
Yes and no. Question for you though. I used your advice about the steering and just went with a drop pitman arm and it worked for the most part. The issue I was having with it though was at full droop. When the right front wheel was seeing full droop I couldn't turn the wheel to the right b/c the drag link was connecting with the leaf springs. The angle was too high to clear. Have you ever run into that issue?


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I was looking at rustys offroad and they have these special soa leafs. Do I need these? I wish I would have done this instead of my 4in in the first place.
They look interesting. I didn't want any extra lift though
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Yes and no. Question for you though. I used your advice about the steering and just went with a drop pitman arm and it worked for the most part. The issue I was having with it though was at full droop. When the right front wheel was seeing full droop I couldn't turn the wheel to the right b/c the drag link was connecting with the leaf springs. The angle was too high to clear. Have you ever run into that issue?

They look interesting. I didn't want any extra lift though
I don't want anymore lift either. So I guess I don't need them?
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Yes and no. Question for you though. I used your advice about the steering and just went with a drop pitman arm and it worked for the most part. The issue I was having with it though was at full droop. When the right front wheel was seeing full droop I couldn't turn the wheel to the right b/c the drag link was connecting with the leaf springs. The angle was too high to clear. Have you ever run into that issue?

They look interesting. I didn't want any extra lift though
Not that I can remember.....but, we don't take a jeep on trails made for a full crawler
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Not that I can remember.....but, we don't take a jeep on trails made for a full crawler
I typically don't either but I did try to go up a ledge with my 33's that was probably meant for 37's or larger... That's why I have an NV3550 instead of an AX-15... and some pretty nice trail rash on my "used to be pretty" TW driveshaft
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....sounds like you need a trail built rig lol


Everyone will reach the point of wanting a purpose built rig instead of smashing their dd

I love being able to beat the snot out of something and only have to worry about getting it back to the trailer. A soa jeep on 33s is a good balance for drive ability, reliability, and moderate trails

IMO if you need body armor your where you don't need to be

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