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I'm considering doing a SOA with stock axles. Will the stock driveshafts work or will I need to get longer ones? Will I also need to change any steering parts? I'm trying to do this without buying any parts that I will not need in the future-such as if I put bigger axles under it I don't want to replace driveshafts for a second time. Same with steering-I don't want to replace it now just to replace it again later. If that's the case I'd wait and do it all at once.

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Is a SOA really expensive? All the guys I know did it for almost nothing excluding new tires. Most of them had the longer driveshaft from previous 4"-6" SUA lifts. None of them even have tracktion bars since axle wrap isn't a probablem for them (even with a TBI 350). If you pay somebody to do it then it might cost you a lot, but if you do it yourself it doesn't seem too expensive. What do other people think about the cost of SOA.

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Just what ever you do, don't imitate the idiots in my town. They just moved the axles under the leaf packs and tightened the u-bolts down REAL tight. I actually saw guy do this in his back yard in about 2 hrs.... of course, later that week his rear axle 'fell' off while taking a corner down from my house. Fortunatly no one was hurt, but geeeeez....

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You've gotta compare apples to apples here. We're talking about doing this from ground zero, not after you've already done a 4" lift and have half of the parts already. Also, a YJ requires a bit more than a CJ. Those guys will be sagging and negative arching stock springs within a year without some sort of anti-wrap device...get on a nasty obstacle and it could cost them some broken parts as well. I haven't had mine on the road yet, but I've watched a couple of my buddies go through the trials & tribulations of spring wrap & wheel hop and learned. One was running a stock 4.0 (he's completeing a Magnum 5.9 swap right now) and the other is running a stock 302 from a truck (he's broken the most stuff and he's not heavy-footed).

 
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I'm just trying to get a cost referance of what "expensive" and "cheap" is. As for those guys with the SOA they have been running them for a 2-3 years with some serrious wheeling without problems. I don't know why but they haven't had any probablems...yet.

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