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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-02-2002, 11:51 AM
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Has anyone done a S/R and SPOA on their Zuk?

Hi Folks,
Has anyone installed a S/R and a SPOA on their rig? I know there will be alot of pro's and con's on the s/r and the same for the spoa, but has anyone put the two together? I currently have the Calmini s/r (2 in lift). I didn't spring the extra bucks for the 3 in add'l lift kit. I like the lift of the spoa and the ride quality of the s/r. I'd like to here from others.

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Re: Has anyone done a S/R and SPOA on their Zuk?

I know Don (Clark ?? I think) had it on his Sami, not sure if he still has it.
Not sure if he is on a list or not, he lives in the Seattle area. So it has been done.
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I have done this. Had a problem with 3 things. Steering, driveshafts and tipsy(Stability). I preferred the SPOA and a missing link. The ride is very comfortable and stable using longer springs, yet you still get about the same amount of lift. My next setup on ZUK #3 will be the wrangler springs which are even longer. I don't think id ever go back to the S/R unless I needed a daily driver with little offroading needs. S/R was ok on it's own, but, with the SPOA and S/R I had too many problems. If you do this, make sure you opt for a kit that modifies your stering above everything, and get some WIDE tires with large offsets.

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Re: Has anyone done a S/R and SPOA on their Zuk?

I ran that for a while with 3" lift springs. It worked well. Steering and driveshaft length and angle have to be addressed. If your going to keep the stock springs simple driveshaft spacers should get you by but I would definitely recommend x-over steering.
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I did that and I am very happy with mine. Great ride and handling. A little nose dive when braking. I run rears up front and cj in the rear. Yeah you better get a long travel driveshaft. All of my stuff is fabbed, no store bought stuff. Check out my web site. Not the greatest site but you can get some ideas. IMHO: I think missing links suck! I had them and the handling was awful and had terrible manners when climbing the steep stuff.
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Re: Has anyone done a S/R and SPOA on their Zuk?

I run that combo. I have Calmini's 2" shackle reverse, Rocky Road's 4.5" SPOA kit. It worked great and I was looking for more travel in the rear so I recently got rid of the rear Calmini shackles and put rear Revolver shackles on and rear 3" National springs. Worked great for the 2 seconds they lasted. But the kit worked great as mine is a daily driver of atleast 80 miles a day plus I live in the mountains/curvy roads. You get used to the extra tippiness. I run 10.5 wide swampers which aren't too wide but the stabilize it enough. If you were to put 12.5" tires on there you'd be pretty darn stable. make sure you get a SPOA kit that includes a steering corrector, longer brakelines, longer shockmounts, longer shocks, and driveshaft spacers or you will have serious problems. The stock pitman arm won't even work w/ over 3" of lift cause it won't reach the tie-rod. Good luck. Rocky Road's customer service isn't the greatest, but I do have to say that I like their SPOA spring perches over others. Their shockmount broke on me this year though, so anything can happen.

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