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SPOA done, 33x12.50\'s on, rubbing at full lock...

OK, got myself an 87 Hardtop Sammi, 5.5" SPOA, 4" shackles, Z-link, 33x12.50 BFG MT's, and the standard 3/4" front and dual 1/2" spacers in the back. My front tires rub the back side of the inner wheelwell at full lock. Easy fix, just beat it in right, but I don't think I can beat in the metal that far. Could start cutting, but again, don't want to cut too far. I am looking for recommendations on what to do for solving this. Should I move the front axle forward, cut some metal, or what? I am afraid to go wheelin' for fear of tearing up my new tires unnecessarily. Thanks in advance...

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I would move the axel forward about a inch,should be anough for the tires to clear the body by doing so.Nice looking zuk.

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Re: SPOA done, 33x12.50\'s on, rubbing at full lock...

Don't do any more sheet metal alterations than flatening the lip in the fenderwell. Move the axle forward if more clearance is needed.
I see Spidertrax has spring relocation pads that will move the axle 3/4 or 1".


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Re: SPOA done, 33x12.50\'s on, rubbing at full lock...

Ok, if I move the axle forward an inch, do I need any driveshaft mods? I'm not ready to jump into a new driveshaft yet, couldn't justify that to the wife. Kinda limited on the funds, I've been spending a lot lately. Thanks again, this board is my savior.

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Re: SPOA done, 33x12.50\'s on, rubbing at full lock...

Most likely you'll have to lengthen the front drIveshaft if you move the axle forward.You could use another spacer or an extended
yoke. After you're satisfied that everything works properly you might want to chuck the spacers and have a driveshaft made to the
correct length. I paid Tom Wood $100 to lenthen mine with the added benefit that he uses thicker wall tubing.


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Re: SPOA done, 33x12.50\'s on, rubbing at full lock...

I think a better temp solution before you max everything out would be moving the axle forward a bit (you can redrill the spring stop holes in the pads) and go with an extended slip yoke and throw the drive shaft spacer away.

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Re: SPOA done, 33x12.50\'s on, rubbing at full lock...

I have a 5.5" SOA lift with my front axle moved foreward 1". It can drive that way with no spacer, but I wouldn't want to flex it! I added a 3/4" driveshaft spacer - works great. The front shaft has lots of room to expand. Hi-Lift or ramp your Sami up and let the front droop to check and see how much it goes. This is much safer than "trail testing" the driveshaft.
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Re: SPOA done, 33x12.50\'s on, rubbing at full lock...

Just a suggestion......

As an alternative to re-drilling the perch and u-bolt plate to move your axle forward....
You could put rear springs upfront. This will move the front axle more than an inch forward. You will also need to do something with your shackles, expanders from NCO maybe.

I don't know the exact logistics of the above suggestion. I'm running rears upfront but I moved the spring mount back about an inch so my axle stayed in the same place or maybe 1/4 inch forward. I thought 32's were about the biggest tire you could fit with a 5.5 SPOA?



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Re: SPOA done, 33x12.50\'s on, rubbing at full lock...

iŽd go with RRO rear-spring upfront kit (55bucks i think)... and the extended slip-yoke (higher heights??? its 65 bucks)

that a 110 bucks for a very clean solution, more flex, and a better ride

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