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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2002, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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SOA front, SUA rear... hmmm....

While paging through a fairly recent issue of 4wd&SU magazine, I noticed their feature built-up Jeep (a blue CJ7 w/ yellow beadlock wheels, if that rings any bells) had a SO in front and SU in back. I was considering why they may have done this when the concept of axle wrap came to mind. SU instead of SO in the back would possibly cure alot of the problems, making a trac-bar and other such modifications unnecessary. Hmm...

That said, I'm considering the validity of such a mod in the not-too-near future, perhaps cojoining the SOA in front with a 3/4e setup in back to provide a touch extra lift and flex. The biggest problems I can forsee is balancing out the amount of lift, and managing to purchase half a set of lift springs from anywhere. Assuming I go with D44's at that time, I could hi-steer it and solve that issue... driveline angles would be acute, but no worse than a normal 4" SUA lift.

Any thoughts, experiences, or opinions to add to the contemplation would be a hoot.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2002, 08:27 AM
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Re: SOA front, SUA rear... hmmm....

I think most of the difficulty in SOA centers on doing the front axle. Even with SUA, if you have a matching lift (5-6"), you'll have axlewrap with a big motor and low gears. You'll probably end up doing a traction bar anyhow. I'd imagine that it would not be 1/2 as costly...probably more like 3/4 as costly (or more) again because of the complexity up front. That, and if you buy 5-6" lift springs for the rear, they're gonna cost some serious $$...more than it would cost to appropriate a set of YJ leafs for SOA.

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