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I need help and I know you guys are always screaming "search engine!!!!" but it works for crap.
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Please don't badmouth the company I work for... it's rude, impolite... and besides... you're getting all this for cheap!
The search function, though IMHO is cumbersome works quite well. Usually it's the user who's not familiar with the function/features of the search capability that makes mistakes, gets frustrated and vents.
As for an SOA... try reading:
Rubicon Express Spring-Over-Axle Conversion
It will give you an idea as to what you're up against. The RE is a kit..and NO kit is complete.
If you decide to not use a kit and do a simple SOA, you'll SOL. The SOA is popular because it's viewed as a poor man's lift. Nothing could be further from the truth. As pointed out you'll have to fabricate the lift yourself. That means a time, research, money, parts and tools. Then you'll have to acquire the expertise to use the tools correctly so you don't kill yourself or others. There's not much nastier on a highway than having a SOA unravel at 70 mph. It gives a new meaning to pucker factor
, if you live long enough to pucker.
IMHO it's too soon for you to even think of a lift. You'd be better served by installing a full roll cage and a winch. If you need more ground clearance the clock the transfer case, and trim the fenders/fenderwells. That doesn't adversely affect the COG or the handling.
Then you're ready for about 90% of the off-roading you'll ever do... and you can enjoy the Jeep without breaking the bank.
Loose the shackle lift. They causes death-wobble, introduce body/frame flex/roll and highly exacerbates front end wear. A shackle lift is one of the worst things that can be found on a Jeep. It's often installed because the darn things promise so much and are so cheap. Again, most Jeepers don't ever research the part. They get Jeep fever and start modding with gay abandon. So, kudos to you for doing research!
As for upgrading brakes... you may want to install a GM power brake booster upgrade before you start changing things at the axle level like adding rear disk brakes, etc.. IMHO, a GM booster is the way to go. Parts are cheap and can be found almost everywhere. Another reason to fill out your profile is so people can send you articles about what you ask. In this case I can't do that...the profile ain't filled out.
As to where to start... may I suggest the beginning? Steps I take in tackling any project are:
1. Research to become knowledgeable about the project and terms.
2. Pick lots of other's brains about the project.
3. Save money for the tools/parts.
4. Buy the tools.
5. Obtain the knowledge of tool usage by practicing with them.
6. By the parts.
7. Start tear down.
8. Start refurbishing, as necessary.
9. Start assembly.
10. When finished...take the wife/kids out for root-beer floats.
It's really that simple (except #10).