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Old November 15th, 2005, 08:26 PM   #1
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I guess my 3.5in bds would be overkill for goin soa sooo
Would it be feasable to pull a spring or two from them to bring it to a realistic height, or should I ditch them for some rubicon or alcan SOAs, or better yet waggy springs (wont those move the axle back? Im not afriad to chop the body)

Id like to fit some 37s or so for now (by springtime), then 39s in the future with some sawzall/tubefender action.

Basically I want to go bigger and Im not gonna bother with weak axles that ill replace later. Im just gonna jump to some d60s or 60/44 and I want enough tire to make it worthwhile.

Then when my engine goes and I swap in a bigger one in I should have more than enough gearing (thinkin 5.13s or so) for 39s

My 2.5l just wont die and I dont feel like messin with an engine right now.

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Old November 16th, 2005, 10:10 AM   #2
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I heard XJ rear springs are offset, so you can mount them in the back with the "short side" towards the rear to extend your wheelbase.

As for using lift springs on top of a SOA, its up to you. You're probably talking 8 or so inches with the lift springs and the SOA. That is ALOT of lift, but you'll definitely be able to fit the 37s.
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Old November 16th, 2005, 10:35 AM   #3
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I'm doing an SOA right now with 1.5" rubicon express SOA springs. That, a 1" body lift, and TJ fender flares on my scrambler should fit 38's. I've seen a couple of jeeps with this setup with tires this size.

There are alot of ancillary problems that come along with an SOA (you may already know this). The steering being the first. I will probably have to do a high steer and that is expensive. axle wrap is another, I may need a traction bar, we'll have to see. And of course driveshaft length is an issue.
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Waggie front springs are offset. They will move the front axle forward.

I would not break down your BDS springs due to the warranty. They are worth more intact and somene is always looking for a lift. Sell them and buy what you really need.
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Waggie front springs are offset. They will move the front axle forward.

I would not break down your BDS springs due to the warranty. They are worth more intact and somene is always looking for a lift. Sell them and buy what you really need.
Yah, Im thinkin Ill just sell them and put that towards new springs.

I know Ill need hi-steer and I would incorporate some sort of link in the rear.

Thanks for the input
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Old November 16th, 2005, 11:56 AM   #6
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You could do a 3.5 BDS SOA, it wouldnt be much more work if any, that is if your planning on doing the high steer already. Here is a guy i used to talk to a lot of jeepforum. 4" lift SOA on FS axles and 38" Michelin XML tires. He rubbed until he did the bushwacker flares. I planned on doing that, but went BDS 2.5 instead, I have already trimmed and i can still fit a 37" tire when i eventually go SOA. Which is really as big as I plan on going anyway, don't really need anything over 33 for Michigan anyway....

here is a link to Naekid and his jeep
http://members.shaw.ca/snowjeep/

He has a full writeup on there of his build
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This really depends on what you want to do. 3.5" springs on SOA for a YJ is going to make you "very tall". Additionally, you would have to have some sort of extended shackle in order to use the 3.5" springs correctly.

If you still want to run tight trails, I would look at shorter springs SOA and do some trimming.

I currently have 1" shackles add-a-leafs on stock springs SOA and 1" BL and still am a bit tall and am only on 35's. I may go up to 37's but will look at flat fender the front and trimming in the rear.

So, what you gonna do with it?
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Im not about goin tall, hence why I woulda removed leaves. I just dont want to go with stock springs. Im not afraid to chop and I dont want to go bigger than 37s for the sake of the 4 banger and the fact im in MI (for now) But I dont want to go to 35s and get axles for 35s and wind up goin bigger later and having to get new axles. So Im at least gonna go with a 60 rear (possibly front, since a v8 will go in eventually) which I think would be retarded with 35s

Ill prolly go with waggy fronts and who knows for the rear, possibly 1.5in RE SOAs, or cherokee rears and RE fronts. Im gonna find some axles first regardless
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