I'm about to start the front end build of my YJ/toy/SPOA/SR conversion and may have some latitude to move the axle some.
What I'm wondering is if the short wheelbase on the zuk is to short for the lift. With the finished YJ SPOA in the back it picked up about 10.5" lift over stock. Maybe it will settle some more. But with the 35" tires on it, to me it looks way tall for the short wheelbase. The toy rear axle ended up in about the stock location. It really can't go back any more with the fuel tank in the stock location. Without additional mods it looks like the front axle will go forward a little, with the wheelbase ending up about 83-84".
Is this setup just begging for frequent roll-overs or front/rear endo situations? This is my first zuk so I'm not really familiar with what works well and what doesn't.
The outside tread width is about 67" and the height to the top of the soft top is about 74" IIRC. Is this a little to tall for the width?
My usage will be primarily in Moab (steep ledges, sidehills, very good traction in general), and misc. hard pack dirt/rocks here in Colorado.
I know that a longer wheelbase can be a big advantage on ledges and hill climbs/descents, but a short wheelbase also has it advantages.
What have you found to be a good compromise? I attached an in-progress picture that looks pretty funny
Thanks for all your experience on this list, it rocks! [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]
-Paul in Northern Colorado