EVERY TIME I TALK ABOUT DOING A SPOA EVERYBODY TOUCHES ON SOME INTERESTING FACTS!! ONE IS THAT SPOA'S ARE A PITA BECAUSE THE SPRINGS EVENTUALLY DROP (MATTERS HOW MUCH OFF-ROADING) AND THAT THEY ARE NOT VERY STREET SAFE!!?? ANY OF THIS RING A BELL???
92 Zuki/235's/1.6(soon)/Still Building
72 fj40/crate 350/33's/discs
I have benn running my SPOA for over 6 years and have had nothing but flex. But they do give ya spring wrap though, if you go easy on the gas you should be fine. I wrapped my 1st set 2 yrs ago. Do the math.....that's 4 yrs with no prob!
I have had not any problem wih my spoa the only thing I saw was a lot more flex I have driven it over 2 hours away from home before and not a problem just some weird looks from people but I kind of like it.
No problems here with my SPOA! My front springs were at a neg. arch when I lifted it and didn't like that, so what I did was put some rear springs up front, and it will lift your front end about 1/2-3/4" And get more flex, and better ride overall! Do a SPOA, you'll be happy!
I did mine about 6 months ago and I love it. I think the trick to keep from destroying your stock springs is to not keep them stock. I mixed in a few CJ leafs and so far my springs are holding up great. And I don't baby my rig.
My front spring pack is; main leaf, rear leaf, CJ leaf, CJ leaf.
Rear spring pack is; main leaf, CJ leaf, rear leaf, overload leaf.
In my opinion you need to keep the overload leaf in the rear pack. The overload helps keep axlewrap to a minimum.
Check out my website if you want to see pics of my SPOA.
Most all of the older Fords came that way - even the Bronco's! Obviously, if it's modified, it will handle differently - after all, you are raising the center of gravity. But it's not unsafe, unless of course you go extreme [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]. As far as droop, if the springs get lots of use, they're gonna droop anyway. But any of the minuses can be countered with additional modifications. Go for it, you'll be glad you did.
Whoever said that SPOAs are dangerous for the street is flat out lying. Look around under 4wd pickups prior to about 95 and you'll see that most, if not all, came SPOA. Look at foreign 4WDs too, like Toyota, SPOA. AMy Cherokee is SPOA and until they ceased production this year, all Cherokees came SPOA.
Look around on the net too and you'll see that most Zuk owners are running SPOAs as well. Go to an event like Zukimelt or Zukfari and likely, over 90% of them will be SPOA.