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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-19-2002, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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CJ SOA questions and concerns

I am planning out my next project, a SOA and axle swap. I am wondering what all I will need to complete this.
The jeep is a 79 CJ5, 360, t18, I will be running a model 20HD and a Dana 44 up front.

My main concerns are steering and drivelines. When I go SOA I assume I will need new drivelines. I have read that it is a good idea to go with a cv in the rear. I also read that a front driveline of a waggy will work for this? True? I do have one, I also assume that the length will have to be changed by a driveline shop. What about the front, can I lengthen my CJ shaft? If not what do I do? And how much can I expect to pay for the driveline shop work?

Steering- Can I use a drop pitman arm or should I go with a high steer setup? What is needed for a highsteer setup? and how much can I expect to shell out for that?

Other then that- spring perches, brake lines, shocks, stock wrangler springs, front hangers and shackles, ????? what am I forgeting?

Also this is not my daily driver, but I do drive it on the street sometimes. Will axle wrap be a problem?

Thanks for your help
Tony
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Re: CJ SOA questions and concerns

http://www.jeepaholics.com/tech/SOA/yjomesoa.htm

and

http://www.jedi.com/obiwan/jeep/soa.html

and the BEST info out there!!!!!!!!!!!!

{i couldn't find it} do a search for Jefe, soa, jeep. He has some good stuff.

good luck

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Re: CJ SOA questions and concerns

Those are great links for anyone thinking about converting to SOA. A LOT of fantastic information
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Re: CJ SOA questions and concerns

Youll need to outboard the spring hangers on the front if you plan to run the axles full width, and also there is some slight wierdness about the passenger side perch on that front 44, buit nothing a grinder and a torpedo level cant overcome.
typical shocks and driveline, brake lines, blah..

youll probably end up neededing the anti wrap bar,m almost everyone with large tires, that wheels eventually gets one!

the hi steer isnt too bad, probably ranging from $250-$600 depending on good at machineing and parts scrounging you are.

IM doing the exact same thing 1976 Wag front dana 44 and 1981 Wag rear amc20HD into a 77 CJ5

also AMC360+T18a+dana20

also SOA and CJ rears at all 4 corners, but ive got alot of other springs mixed in also.

mine is like a kit, several large piles of parts!
someday Ill have time to get it all together

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Re: CJ SOA questions and concerns

What about drivelines? Can I use the front CV off the waggy, or do I need to get custom lines built? wil the cj front work, or is it also to short?

For high steer what machine shop work is needed. I think I have heard that some year waggy front ends are easier to convert? Which years? what parts are needed? How much can I do this for?

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Re: CJ SOA questions and concerns

If your putting in a Waggy Frontend... I heard that a driveshaft from a four cyclinder wrangler fits perfect up front...
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