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Old 02-13-2020, 09:09 PM   #1
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considering my lift options for my new to me 1986 CJ. Any reason not to consider a SOA conversion versus a 4" lift kit? Would like to fit 33s easily or possilbly 35s with a bit more work. Axles will be out for rebuild and regearing so thats why I am considering the SOA at this time, easy to cut and reweld spring pads, etc. Open to all options and opinions .

 

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Old 02-14-2020, 01:56 PM   #2
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Unless you are planning on fairly aggressive off roading, SOA is probably not the way to go. You also have to think about, are you willing to cut some sheet metal away to clear the larger tires. I was able to fit 33" tires on my 79 CJ7 with springs that had worn to near stock height with trimmed sheet metal. When I installed a 4" spring lift, many other things changed. There are a lot of factors to consider. Doing a 4" lift is not as simple as installing a set of springs or changing to SOA. You are going to affect many things that a lot of people don't think of. Pinion angles, driveshaft slope, caster angles, steering shaft, steering linkage geometry, brake lines, clutch linkage. This is not a complete list, but you get my meaning. Ask lots of questions. Lots of us have done every kind of lift imaginable, and everyone is more than willing to help.
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I would upgrade to a Ford 9" in the rear.
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Thinking of doing the same thing to my 86. i was considering a 2' suspension lift and a 2" body lift. Not sure what the best brand would be for a DIY project. Any thoughts?

 

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No need for SOA to run 33's.
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