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To SOA or not to SOA, THAT is the question
I have a 89 YJ with a 2" spring lift and running 31"s
For the trails I want to run, I need more lift and want to run 33X12.5"s I was going to trade a guy in town my 2" springs for his 4" springs. He has already done the spring over and now sits too tall on the 4"s that's why he wants to trade. (I also know these 4" ride pretty rough).
BUT I also have a friend with a shop, that has done several SOA's, he suggest we do a SOA using my current 2" springs and if it is too tall we take out a leaf.
Right now I don't know which way to go????
IF I swap for the 4" springs:
The CONS are : I am worried my ride will get worse and I will later wish I had done the SOA (It seems like that is now the preferred lift)
The PROS are I know 33"s will fit perfectly and that my axles (D30&D35) should be able to handle 33" without too much concern.
IF I do a SOA using my 2" springs:
The CONS are : I am worried I will be too tall for 33"s, so I should run 35"s. I have to re-gear either way, so that's Okay too, but I am worried the 35"s will cause an early death to my axles which I will have just invested a $$$ into with lockers and gears. Also I will need my drive shafts modified (but am told that both can be made to size and balanced for under $200)
The PROS are a better ride, and it will be more FLEXY in the rocks.
(This is not going to be a "trail only" rig, it needs to be very drivable on the street but will see its share of trails rated 3 to 4 mainly rocks with 1 or 2 trips a year to the sand dunes)
So what should I do ? what would you do ?
I like the idea of 35"s! am I underestimating the strength of these axles ?