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Old April 23rd, 2012, 09:13 AM   #1
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SOA and planning for 37" x 14" x 15" wheel. Wondering which spring is suggested for correct lift/clearance w/o going overboard. BDS is MI and would just as soon use them, but.....

350 chevy engine/350 turbo auto/241 transfer case. Will have some road use. what gear? 4:88? Don't travel that far and need the gear when I want it.

Planning for a Dana 44 front and 9" rear. 3" wider total? Ant suggestions here? Probably have DTS build the front from scratch and cut up and redo a rear. Anybody have any?
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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What type of jeep is it? A little more info might help
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 09:34 AM   #3
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SOA and planning for 37" x 14" x 15" wheel. Wondering which spring is suggested for correct lift/clearance w/o going overboard. BDS is MI and would just as soon use them, but.....

350 chevy engine/350 turbo auto/241 transfer case. Will have some road use. what gear? 4:88? Don't travel that far and need the gear when I want it.

Planning for a Dana 44 front and 9" rear. 3" wider total? Ant suggestions here? Probably have DTS build the front from scratch and cut up and redo a rear. Anybody have any?
Guessing yj but maybe a cj
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 11:22 AM   #4
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YJ.....sorry
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 11:44 AM   #5
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with all that work I would just do links and coil overs. Its a lot of work to do SOA and make it work well. Springs sag, axle wraps, steering is always a PITA to work around. I ran a YJ with 4" SOA with 36x13.5 TSLs with 60 rear and 44 front. High steer and the whole deal. Still never worked as well and links and coils on my tj. I ended up going 4 link rear with coils and leaving the front on the 4" spring over. The front still didn't really pull much on hills because it would want to bounce the springs and wrap. Before I got to just putting links on it I sold it.

I'm sure there are others that have made it work, but for me it was a real PITA and always seems like a compromise.
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You could always go the 78-79 ford 44/60 combo. With wagoneer front springs. Front bolts in spring over.
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I would go ahead and do the SOA it have basically the same set up you just described. SOA with stock springs, tube fenders front and rear and a 1" body lift. D44/ford 9" with 4:88 gears. Also running full high steer so help with steering issues. And a 5.2L magnum. I find it works great, and is much more budget minded than any link set up will ever be. And axles wrap issues are easily handled by an anti wrap bar. I would run the axles at full width, i do with a 3" flare and would never go through the effort of narrowing them. If you want check out my build and let me know if you have any questions, Keep in my high steer setup isn't shown in the thread.

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Old April 24th, 2012, 06:27 AM   #8
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SOA with BDS 2 inch springs. Wait a minute, Ballard? Come on really you're going to get that project out? Better get 3" springs to support all the dust on that thing.

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Rubicon Express makes springs designed to be used SOA and handle a moderate amount of axle wrap. Available in 2" lift.
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Old April 24th, 2012, 07:16 AM   #10
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SOA with BDS 2 inch springs. PM if you have any questions, mine goes down he smooth and you can drive it with 1 finger down the freeway. (not that it sees it much) Rides real good, I'm running 35's but hope to do 37's one of these days, plenty of room.
I agree I did a SOA and add-a-leafs with the stock springs and shackles. I removed both my front and rear tracbars and kept my shackles loose(jamb nutted). It is still a bit stiff, but it definitely rides much better than it did stock, and has pretty good articulation as well for what it is. I am running a mega short SYE and Tom Woods shafts with no transfer drop. I have zero vibes from the driveline.
As for spring wrap, this was horrible. I never thought a anti-wrap bar would make a huge difference. Man, was I wrong. I spent about $75 on some steel and heims, and built a shackle, and it completely cured the problem.

Overall, the SOA was pretty simple. I took me about a day to complete. I am running 35's, but I could fit 37-38's easily without my fender flares on the rear.
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I would also go link suspension.
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