For the most part you are correct. A SOA rig will flex out much better than not. However every year the technology with the leaf spring seems to get better and I see SUA guys getting some pretty good flex out of their rigs.donald said:I have been told I would get a lot more flex out of my jeep if I do a SOA but then again if it is more trouble then it is worth then I probably steer away from this idea then
my axle wrap was so severe the yokes on the rear pumpkin would bind if i really got on it. cracked several u-joint caps and bent several staps that hold the u-joint caps in place.3jeepguy said:also be aware that soa makes the stock springs wear out fast because of the increased flex also be prepared for some serious axle wrap on acceleration and deceleration
I put a soa on my 95, without ever doing anything like this before, everyone said I needed to do a sye and driveshaft well I did my spring over in 03 and put 36" swampers on and Ive never had a problem with vibs or axle wrap I quess im the lucky one.
but If I had to do it over I would go with the 4.5" RE far better. I mean the soa with stock springs flexs great and rides like it was stock. just my 2 cents. any more people are going with spring unders. but if your going to save money do the soa. I had $275 in the kit then another 125 for shocks. no biggy.
Asking a question here IS research. Your 'general rule' applies to about everything in life, it you don't know what the frell you are doing, don't do it.I think that the general rule with SOA concersions is... if you have to ask what all is involved, you are not ready to tear into it yourself. .... do a bunch of research first.
Nicely put!Asking a question here IS research. Your 'general rule' applies to about everything in life, it you don't know what the frell you are doing, don't do it.
A SOA is not tough to understand, it just has a lot of things that need understanding. A tall lift means drive line angles change and have to be dealt with. Big tires the lift allows mean axle strength becomes a concern. Relocating the springs means steering geometry is altered, things will hit things that weren't there before. Doing the job right means welding on parts, which leads to getting pinion and caster angles right.
It's very doable, and will come out fine with appropriate forethought. Don't do any part of it halfazz.