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Old 08-12-2011, 08:14 PM   #1
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Need help choosing lift.

So im about ready to lift my YJ. I think I want to go SOA with 2.5" springs. Should give me enough. Anyone know of a good kit that comes with everything? Pics would help also, trying to see where a stock, sagging YJ sits compared to the lift I want to do. Thanks!

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Old 08-12-2011, 08:45 PM   #2
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I have SOA suspension on my 93 Wrangler. I gotta tell you, it's cheaper to piece the SOA lift together. Buy you a set of spring perches and go from there. No kits have everything, so you end up piecing it together anyway. FYI, I have stock springs w/1" shackles up front and 0" in the rear and they clear 34s with no problem.
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SOA and the tight off camber trails we have up here are not friends. keep your rig low. 24inches to the belly pan is perfect out here. any higher and you'll be on your side a lot if you wheel anything technical.

Whats your goal for tire size. my 5in BDS SUA works very well out here. its a little high at some points but relocated shocks with more down travel helps keep it stable. that set up will clear 35s with out too much issue.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:19 PM   #4
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I have SOA suspension on my 93 Wrangler. I gotta tell you, it's cheaper to piece the SOA lift together. Buy you a set of spring perches and go from there. No kits have everything, so you end up piecing it together anyway. FYI, I have stock springs w/1" shackles up front and 0" in the rear and they clear 34s with no problem.
I figured I would have to piece it together. Not to big of a deal. I would like to clear 35's but I do take my kids in the jeep so I don't want to be too high. I could settle for 33's.

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Whats your goal for tire size. my 5in BDS SUA works very well out here. its a little high at some points but relocated shocks with more down travel helps keep it stable. that set up will clear 35s with out too much issue.
I am also planning to do the cut out flares so that will help with clearance also.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:26 PM   #5
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if your going to SOA it. run waggy springs up front and XJ springs out back. the waggys will give you a 2in stretch up front the XJs out back will net 5. you might need a new gas tank but making a YJ longer never hurt
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:10 AM   #6
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I don't know if I want to go that hardcore. My plan is to have it where I can drive it on the street, not a dd, go muddin, and take it wheelin. Would it work out without going soa? I've just heard a lot of advantages going soa.
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:31 PM   #7
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If you stay SUA, I would look into a set of alcan springs. about 220 a corner is what they run, but they are well worth it.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:38 PM   #8
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I don't know if I want to go that hardcore. My plan is to have it where I can drive it on the street, not a dd, go muddin, and take it wheelin. Would it work out without going soa? I've just heard a lot of advantages going soa.
Alot of people have alot to say about SOA lifts, especially the people who have never had one. One of the key benefit of the SOA I would say is the ride, much nicer than SUAs. I had a 4"+ SUA at one point, way stiffer than the factory sprung SOA. Another and probly more important for off-road use is the flexability. I was able to get further up the RTI ramp with the SOA. Keeping your tires in contact with the ground is crutial for traction. I travel technical, tight off camber trails all the time, and have yet to be on my side or top. I'm guessing if you ask the people on this forum who have SOAs, a huge portion of them would tell you they would never go back to SUAs. I know I wouldn't. Just check the "Jeep Profiles" you'll see, if they have one worth showing or describing it will be there. What ever you decide, have fun and post lots of picture of your progress.
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I love my SOA plenty of flex and on very off camber trails I've yet to fall over.. even when I thought I might. Haven't had a problem yet..
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IMHO a good SOA will take a lot more work to make it right. Also in the end i would say soa's are more expensive all the way around than a sua lift. Some may argue that but really if you figure all the extra parts needed, and the amount of possible after mod capabilty with an soa you MIGHT spend more money later considering the ease of adding larger tires, you may want some beefed up steering, new springs/lift springs, etc... You see how it goes.

If you want a super flexable yj it will be the best way to go but if you have a budget then just do your research becuse you may end up blowing it away by the time it's all said and done.

Most simple sua lifts can be done for between 500-1000, but there are pricyer kits out there.

I just went with a RC kit which a lot will argue is junk but works for my needs. But with my rc kit, sye,new cv style rear driveshaft and extended brake lines I have right at 1k in it.

Now , i am not looking to run 35's(yet, lol) so... I could run 33's no problem but I have a new set of 32's on that are gonna get wore out first. Plus when my jeep is not in the garage it is my dd.
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I have a +2 soa running 36 13.50 iroks and its too much.
It can get kinda top heavy. I wish I would have went just a plane soa with 35s
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I have a +2 soa running 36 13.50 iroks and its too much.
It can get kinda top heavy. I wish I would have went just a plane soa with 35s
agreed, "plane" means stock springs? but nice looking rig.
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Yes plane means stock springs and shackles.
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I have a +2 soa running 36 13.50 iroks and its too much.
It can get kinda top heavy. I wish I would have went just a plane soa with 35s
So I really don't need any lift springs... all I need to do is soa with my stock springs? Would it be wise to buy a new set of stock height springs or doesn't it matter?

Anybody know of a good thread or site that shows basically everything needed with a soa lift? As fas as linkages, cables, brake hoses, etc..
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Look for ibuildembig's thread on here.

I did an sua lift on mine mostly cause my stock springs were shot and the cost was the same. if your doing an soa then the cost of new stock springs might be worth it cause you get the free part of the lift.
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So I really don't need any lift springs... all I need to do is soa with my stock springs? Would it be wise to buy a new set of stock height springs or doesn't it matter?

Anybody know of a good thread or site that shows basically everything needed with a soa lift? As fas as linkages, cables, brake hoses, etc..
Here is one of the best build threads out there for SOA suspension. It's kind of long winded, but has a lot of good info. You probly won't need to take it as far as Big did, but they have future plans, i.e. bigger engine and such.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/95-y...tep-77184.html

If your springs are still flat, they should still be good. If they're bowed upwards, get some fresh ones.

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