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I am ordering JCWhitney 7 leaf rear CJ springs for my CJ7. I was told to get a Rubicon Express SOA kit. Is this the best way to do a SOA or can I purchase perches and what ever else I will need seperatly? What exactly will I need for mounting the springs?
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The Rubicon Express kit doesn't address 2 very important issues with an SOA, the steering problems and rear wheel hop. SOA not as easy as it may at first appear.
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The soa kit from rubicon express is for yj's (i'm pretty sure) and doesn't include a lot, i think it includes spring perches (probably won't fit cj axles), drop pitman arm (ok steering solution, though i hi-steer set up is better), stainless brake lines (longer ones can be had from napa), Sway bar discos (their discos are crap and you may or may not run a sway bar), and maybe some other minor stuff like degree shims. The kit doesn't adress drive shafts or steering very well so i would just peice the stuff together.

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I did both my SOA's by just buying the parts I wanted/needed. You can get everything separetly, axle perches, brakelines, new front spring hangers (your springs are 2" wide, CJ rears are 2.5"), traction bar, steering, longer shocks, taller mounts, longer drivelines, angle finder, lots of grinding discs, and some other misc. stuff.
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I have all the other stuff like high steering, brake lines, stuff like that. All I need is the stuff to mount the springs to the axles. Do I need new spring hangers, perches, etc?
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You could cut the old perches off the axle, clean them up and re-use them, personally I buy new ones and save the hassle, under $20.00 for a set. If you use the CJ rear springs in the front, you will either have to change the spring mount to fit the wider 2.5" spring, or find a way to get the extra .5" of room. You should also change the shackle hanger for one designed for 2.5" wide springs. The rears are a direct swap. When I did it, I was using a SRS kit from M.O.R.E. so I ordered one for a YJ since they use the 2.5" wide springs.
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Re: SOA kit

Warrior products has a real nice kit. Comes with u-bolt plates, spring perches, shock mounts, and a few other things. I wish they had it when I did my SOA, since I ended up buying most my parts through them. A bundle pack would of been cheaper for me.
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Does anybody have any experience with the Full Traction bolt on SOA kit? I know it is a relatively new kit, but just wondered if any of you had heard anything. Seems an easy option, but not too sure about a bolt on system.

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Looks very expensive for what it is, also it doesn't deal with any of the big issues of a SOA (shocks, steering, axle wrap, brakelines, etc).
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Re: SOA kit

I agree. For the stuff you get, and the problems still left unsolved, it seems a bit expensive. It shouldn't be that much to piece together a kit like that from a local parts house. I know I got my shock perches for $20. And you could probably make the u-bolt plates yourself.
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