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Ibuildembig 01-24-2011 12:22 AM

95 YJ SOA step by step
I am getting ready to do an SOA on a 95 Sahara for my pop. I will take as many pics as I can of the process so that everyone can see how I install one.

Here's the subject, a 95 sahara, 4.0 (for now), automatic, a/c, 135K, and 100 percent rust free.

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crtaylor 01-24-2011 08:03 AM

great, Ill be watching. wish I could help.Ill be starting mine in the spring.just after the shop is done .

Entoxicated 01-24-2011 08:36 AM

Thinking about doing this on mine. Interested to see the whole process.

Ibuildembig 01-24-2011 08:42 AM

I have to run to the city today for an MRI but I will be starting disassembly today when I get home.

JeepAddOns-Chris 01-24-2011 11:36 AM

That's a nice clean YJ. Looking forward to seeing your work. :punk:

Ibuildembig 01-24-2011 05:38 PM

Thanks, exactly why dad wants to keep it....and he has a sahara fetish lol. Goin to shop, I will have pics in a few hours of my progress

Ibuildembig 01-25-2011 10:13 AM

Well my internet was down last night so I didnt get to post pics, but here they are. I had the front end out in the floor in 65 minutes including taking 7 phone calls....its nice working on a rustfree jeep for a change. I will explain every pic at the top of it....

Jacked up showing jackstand placement

Vicegrip brand chain grip, a must for holding a shock with a rusty stud

Swaybar link removal, just get a prybar and put it right here

Disconnect front axle and trackbar

Tie up brake caliper

The only pitman arm puller to buy

Complete front end laying in the floor

4.10 front from my boneyard

Draining grease

If I wouldn't have had company at 7 I woulda had it back in the jeep last night.

Ibuildembig 01-25-2011 10:13 AM

Lining up upper perch with lower. I use two protractors for this, starting with one on the bottom set at zero (moving the axle up and down to achieve this)...once its at zero I set the top perch in place and zero it out as well, then tack it, check it, and burn it in

Once the passenger side is done and square, you can line the drivers side up by using both protractors on top. Just line it up on zero again, place the new perch on the drivers side, line it up with zero, and burn it in

yjkid95 01-25-2011 10:29 AM

Nice welds, seeing how you line up the spring perches and get the right pinion angle seems to make a soa look a lot simpler. Thanks for the pics now I just have to learn how to weld.

Ibuildembig 01-25-2011 10:35 AM

Thanks, just get a good maching and helmet and your halfway there. The first couple I did I only used one protractor and it was alot harder and more of a two person job to hold the housing in place, this way is alot easier....especially since they are only 6 bucks to buy one lol

hotshotjus 01-25-2011 10:40 AM

absolutely insane, great work. can't wait for more pictures to come

crtaylor 01-25-2011 11:04 AM

Im watching while installing my Insulation in the new garage .Reznor kicking out the heat
Would rather be ripping my jeep least I washed all the salt off her.
What MIG you Got?

JeepAddOns-Chris 01-25-2011 11:11 AM


Originally Posted by yjkid95 (Post 1012692)
Nice welds

That was my first thought as well. A good weld is a thing of beauty.

Ibuildembig 01-25-2011 11:32 AM

I am a blue man, nothing but Miller. I use a 251 Mig and a Diversion 165 Tig.

crtaylor 01-25-2011 11:52 AM

Miller is the best,I have a Lincoln 175HD it was a gift so not complaining.

jeepstr52 01-25-2011 07:30 PM

awesome work man.

RednekYJ 01-25-2011 08:37 PM

Nice write-up. I didn't even know of this board when I did my SOA. A friend and I did it in a night in his garage. I only kept it like that for 1-2 months. Then I got stupid and went to 4.5"RE leafs and it is to big for the road. I'm just going to keep the 4.5" and go back to spring under. Most of my friends sold their rigs so any wheeling I do is not as extreme as it used to be.

crtaylor 01-26-2011 06:23 AM

Parts list ?where did you get the perches?

Ibuildembig 01-26-2011 10:05 AM

Whoops I guess I forgot to mention that...all the lift parts are from Rough Country, but the wishbone bar I'm gonna make from scratch using ballistic joints. Last night was a crap night, too many calls about a truck I have on ebay, people wanting jeep parts, and people stopping I only got the front end painted, stabilizer put on, and a couple other small things so I didnt take any pics. Hopefully tonight I will be able to get the front done and the rear out.

RustedYJ 01-26-2011 10:31 AM

When you set up the spring perches, are you just aligning them side to side against the old ones?

Ibuildembig 01-26-2011 10:41 AM

Actually the new ones are wider and have an overlap on them to go over the housing on the left side, and the intermediate shaft on the passenger side. That being said, they will really only go on one way, all you have to do is make sure they are dead nuts level with the bottom perches so the pinion angle doesn't change and one isn't different from the other.

jr. 01-26-2011 12:21 PM

wow! this is gonna be an awesome thread:punk: cant wait for more pics! u make it sound easy lol i work at a weld/fab shop and i gotta tell ya those are some pretty welds ,nice job:D

Ibuildembig 01-27-2011 09:53 AM

Thanks JR.

I had to work a bit late so I didn't get into the shop till around 7 last night, but I did manage to hang the front end and get the new brake lines installed.

Drivers side, notice the use of stock ubolts and the spring plate is the one from the bottom of the passenger side flipped around.

Passenger side

Easiest way to do the drivers side brake line extension. Drill a hole exactly where I did in the airbox bracket so you can get to the bolt holding the stock one down. After you get that bolt out you can carefully pull the line up and over the shock tower so you can get at it easier. The passenger side is alot easier...

I just threw the tires on for a pic and let the weight seat the springs for a day or so. Keep in mind this is how its sitting on the ground right now, no jack stands...just flipping the springs makes this much difference :)

Ibuildembig 01-27-2011 09:57 AM

Front view

louie72 01-27-2011 01:28 PM

looks great.i thought about doing this also but i dont know if my little flux core welder has enough to burn in good.also do you have to relocate the trac bar?i would probably also go with 1 1/2 shackles to fit so 33 s.what do ya think? thanks and keep us posted.

Ibuildembig 01-27-2011 01:49 PM

soa and shackles? I wouldn't, we run 33x13.50's on 10 inch wheels on must soas and they never rub a thing. We do move the trackbar up, but I'm thinking about making a disconnect for this one.

hotshotjus 01-29-2011 10:55 AM

coming along great, can't wait to see the next few steps of work

Ibuildembig 01-29-2011 12:55 PM

Got the front end on the ground with the MTZ's last night, and got the rearend out. I will be working on the rear today

89JEEPYJ 01-29-2011 09:12 PM

my truck im going SOA in the front and axle under in the back, just b/c the worked dana 44 im getting has axle over and im to lazy to change it

Ibuildembig 01-30-2011 08:18 PM

Well here's where we are so far. I woulda had the rear done but the ubolts I have in stock won't fit the 3.25 tube diameter of the 8.8, well I have 2 of them but that's not gonna do me any good.

On the 33 MTZ

Prepped 8.8 for test fit

Perch fitment problem

Measuring and template to modify perch opening

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