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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-19-2000, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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SOA/high clearance steering costs

Ive decided Ill go SOA, IF I can reasonably relocate the steering linkage above the springs...

I have a front dana 44 from a mid 70s grand wag, and a AMC 20 rear from a 1981 grand wag that is already spring over..

I just need to know whats involved in finding or buying the knuckles with the flat top and connection on the very top?

hwo much where? any factory applications?

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Re: SOA/high clearance steering costs

You should be able to use the knuckles from a newer G.Wag the 87 I picked up yesterday has all the over knuckle steering. I got the whole axle, springs, brakes, and steering assy for $125, so just the knuckles couldnt be much.
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Re: SOA/high clearance steering costs

the tie rods connect in the same plane as the upper ball joint?



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Re: SOA/high clearance steering costs

i also have 82 wagoneer front and rear end awaiting installation. this is not a concern yet as i am still SUA, but, since the tierod and draglink are on top of the knuckle, wont they hit the leaf springs on and SOA rig? what have people done to combat this, do you have to put them back under the knuckle like everything els (YJ's)?

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Re: SOA/high clearance steering costs

the wag tie rod connects to the top of the knuckle, and Cjs connects underneath.

I want to buy or make a bracket to go on the flat part of the top of the wagoneer knuckle and locate the tie rods up there so that the ENTIRE steering linkage will be ABOVE the springs with spring over axle..

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No you keep everything on top and its supposed to clear the springs, there are quite a few YJs here in Reno, running set ups like this . Tri county Gear makes and markets a steering over knuckle set up for D44s and D30s and its supposed to be the hot ticket for SOA set ups. They want over $1000 for the over knuckle steering and it looks just like the G.Wag steering(TCGs has beefier high strength tie rod and drag link, but still $1000 for a couple of knuckles and some steering. I have my axle at the job site so I cant look at it now, but its supposed to work fine with an SOA, and its supposed to eliminate the drop down pitman arm. Ill work on it this weekend if I dont get out wheelin.
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Re: SOA/high clearance steering costs

maybe my mid 70s front wag 44 is different than yours, im pretty sure in a SOA config the springs will be dead nuts on the linkage, and if they do clear the linkage will be UNDER the springs...

my knuckles look like the ones on this site
http://www.off-road.com/jeep/tech/steer/soasteering/

tell me if yours are differnt, ill just get some later model ones..
tht willbe easier than buying the brackets, or machining them..



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Re: SOA/high clearance steering costs

hey there ozark.. i have made some brackets to put the steering over the springs.. didnt look too hot.. since i am not a professional welder.. but i will say that it survived big bear, ca and the rubicon trail and it still drove straight down the road. i am going to make some more for my jeep..
ran into another jeeper.. and he took some solid aluminum to a machinist and had him make some risers.. looked sweet..

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would aluminum be strong enough?

hmm, do you have any pics of teh ones you made?

Im not much of a machinest, but I can take a 12 pack to work and get those guys to stay over and mill a battleship probably..

I just wanted some input from someone who has made some, and hopefully someone who has bought some too!


gimme the pics man!


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Re: SOA/high clearance steering costs

ozark,

I did what you're asking but I also converted to 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern.
If I where to do it again I would keep the tie rod in the stock location and buy a high clearance
steering arm to mount on the drivers side knuckle. That way the draglink stays above the
spring and out of the way. I bought Parts Mike's arms for both sides and it cost me $85 for
each arm, $42 for studs and cone washers/shims.
I can send pics of the arms and knuckles if you want to see what I'm talking about.
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