im trying to decide if i want to do the SOA kit from rubicon express or the ever so popular rough country 4''. i have a 2'' body lift that i would throw on with either one so i could slam
35"s on there. i just want opinion on which one you other jeep guys would do.
ive heard complaints about the SOA with handling issues and angles in steering and just handling like crap, makes them top heavy i mean if you are gonna have it off road id say go for it but if it is gonna be a weekend warrior id go rough country, as soon as i get the money im gettin the skyjacker 4" ez ride. chekc out some good companys dont go cheep
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dont waste your money on junk lifts, save a few extra pennies and get something good.
Everyone always makes the SOA conversion cheap and easy, but the reality of it is that is far exceeds the cost of a conventional out of the box spring lift. The manufacturers never tell you that it will create too much of an angle for a standard drive shaft to handle without a SYE kit. And then there is the steering. You will need some kind of cross over steering system. I believe that this is completely neccesary, not just a good idea, because the steering links can actually hit the springs. As far as lift kits go, I think Skyjacker does make good stuff, but for my next go around I will be getting either the Rubicon Express 4.5" Extreme duty kit or maybe the Fulll Traction kit. A lot of guys here are happy with their Rough Country lifts, but I have their older design and am not very happy with mine. Don't just buy the first thing that you can afford. If you have to wait a little longer and save some more pennies to get exactly what you want you will be glad you did.
X2 on what Daddyjeep says. SOA is not something to mess with. It can be very dangerous for you if not done properly. As he stated you are going to need some new steering components perferrably a cross over steering system. A lot of guys however just use a Z Bar drag link to clear the springs. Then you are going to have to address axle wrap and have to add a ladder bar to keep stability and wrap down. There's just a lot to it. It is a perfectly good way to get a lot of lift out of your ride especially if you are using the 1.5" SOA leafs from RE. You wouldn't need your BL because you will net like 6" of lift from it. But if you go that route take your time address all issues and do it right.
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As I mentioned before, there are a few guys here that have this lift and are perfectly happy with it. I have the older 3" lift with 2" lift shackles to give me the full 4" of lift. Mine rides pretty rough and does not flex very well, but it still has functioned well for 30k. I said before, next time I am going to get the best spring lift I can find to get more flex and strength, but for normal daily use and moderate trail abuse, the RC lift will treat you just fine.