Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Bremerton, WA.
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Re: How hard is a SOA?
If money isn't a major problem I would do the 44's, lockers and SOA at the same time. If like most people it is, I would do the SOA, learn to drive it open, build your 44's while driving it, then swap them in.
The work isn't that hard, just think things thru like:
required fab skills, longer brake lines, longer shocks, axle wrap prevention, steering geometry, drivelines, spring perches, shackle reversal or not,moving front axle forward if you do SRS, etc. This is the second SOA I have done on my own rigs, and I have done a few others and I like them.
As far as welding goes, please don't learn to weld while building your cage, or doing the SOA. Bumpers and tire carriers are better to learn on since there isn't a huge safety concern there. What happens when you drive down the road and one of your learning welds on a spring perch breaks, or you roll, do you trust your learning welds with your life?
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