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cbmontgo
09-17-2008, 05:19 PM
I have recently purchased a stock 1988 FJ62 that I want to lift and I am considering a SOA. Can you guys help me with the pros and cons of this? I have done searches on 'Mud and RS and can't really find a comprehensive discussion on what a SOA involves and how difficult it is. I installed an OME lift on my FJ60 with no problem, but I'd rather not spend that kind of $$ on a rusted rig.

Any advice/help would be appreciated.

Carson

Uncle Ben
09-17-2008, 05:56 PM
This is personal but I have ridden in at least three different sprung over 6x series vehicles and I was never comfortable. The lean is more than my tilt-o-meter can handle. I can tell you that a sprung over 6x wheels pretty impressively! You can do 35's on a lifted spring under 6x but they need to be shorter 35's like the MTR's.

SROR/AKA 2BAD
09-17-2008, 07:46 PM
your in castle rock and so am i.
i have the mostly tan ;) beat up SOA 60 that runs around town.

easy to do but you will need a few bucks to do it.
if you want to come by and check it out let me know, i'm in founders.

like UB said, you can flex the snot out of a SOA 6x.
i have no sway bars and love the roll in the turns. never felt like it was going over on the street, the trail/off camber has a small pucker factor to it :thumb:

Chris
09-17-2008, 08:34 PM
never felt like was going over on the street


:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Well said Jim!

SROR/AKA 2BAD
09-17-2008, 09:55 PM
:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Well said Jim!

i know and i wish a certian someone would have gave me a disc. of all the pics that were taken that day :mad:

Crash
09-17-2008, 10:01 PM
i know and i wish a certian someone would have gave me a dick of all the pics that were taken that day :mad:

That one wasn't so well said, or spelled anyway. :lmao:

Uncle Ben
09-17-2008, 10:03 PM
That one wasn't so well said, or spelled anyway. :lmao:

:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::p:

cbmontgo
09-17-2008, 10:29 PM
your in castle rock and so am i.
i have the mostly tan ;) beat up SOA 60 that runs around town.

easy to do but you will need a few bucks to do it.
if you want to come by and check it out let me know, i'm in founders.

like UB said, you can flex the snot out of a SOA 6x.
i have no sway bars and love the roll in the turns. never felt like it was going over on the street, the trail/off camber has a small pucker factor to it :thumb:

I'd like to swing by and look at your SOA if you are around maybe this weekend. I'll bring a beer or ten to make it worth your while...

subzali
09-17-2008, 10:41 PM
Carson, check out the 40 series section on MUD - about a birjillion threads/posts on it there. Most everything holds true with a SOA on a 60.

The first question is why? What's going to be the ultimate purpose? UB's old FJ62 had a sprung under lift, but with the crawler gears and lockers that thing would go LOTS of places! Marco has done a good job IMO with his OME heavy lift+body spacers to comfortably fit 35s.

IMO a spring over works well for really big tires and snow or mud where you want things as high as possible. I bet if you do a good size spring under lift and flip the u-bolts (available for a 6x?) you will get pretty much anywhere you need to go, albeit the ride may suffer a little bit as UB said. I haven't ridden in enough really tall trucks to know.

Shoot look at everywhere Wes and I have gone with 31s and a rear locker ;)

Uncle Ben
09-17-2008, 11:12 PM
Component wise yes, 6x's and 40's are similar. Weight wise and spring length they are very different! 40's often will benefit greatly with a properly done SO where as a 6x will really change id the way it distributes weight!


Carson, check out the 40 series section on MUD - about a birjillion threads/posts on it there. Most everything holds true with a SOA on a 60.

The first question is why? What's going to be the ultimate purpose? UB's old FJ62 had a sprung under lift, but with the crawler gears and lockers that thing would go LOTS of places! Marco has done a good job IMO with his OME heavy lift+body spacers to comfortably fit 35s.

IMO a spring over works well for really big tires and snow or mud where you want things as high as possible. I bet if you do a good size spring under lift and flip the u-bolts (available for a 6x?) you will get pretty much anywhere you need to go, albeit the ride may suffer a little bit as UB said. I haven't ridden in enough really tall trucks to know.

Shoot look at everywhere Wes and I have gone with 31s and a rear locker ;)

SROR/AKA 2BAD
09-18-2008, 06:30 AM
That one wasn't so well said, or spelled anyway. :lmao:

:o:thumb::lmao::lmao::lmao:

SROR/AKA 2BAD
09-18-2008, 06:37 AM
Carson, check out the 40 series section on MUD - about a birjillion threads/posts on it there. Most everything holds true with a SOA on a 60.

The first question is why? What's going to be the ultimate purpose? UB's old FJ62 had a sprung under lift, but with the crawler gears and lockers that thing would go LOTS of places! Marco has done a good job IMO with his OME heavy lift+body spacers to comfortably fit 35s.

IMO a spring over works well for really big tires and snow or mud where you want things as high as possible. I bet if you do a good size spring under lift and flip the u-bolts (available for a 6x?) you will get pretty much anywhere you need to go, albeit the ride may suffer a little bit as UB said. I haven't ridden in enough really tall trucks to know.

Shoot look at everywhere Wes and I have gone with 31s and a rear locker ;)


i can go farther and play harder in the rock than i believe you can.
another reason is my family feels safer on the road. being high up the chances of a side impact will be less devistating.

big difference in setting up a 6x soa over a 40 series.
i did not do a cut and turn on the front and have had no issues what-so-ever.
:thumb:

cbmontgo
09-18-2008, 07:22 AM
I guess my primary reason for this is to save cost over buying a new lift, since this will mainly be a trail rig. I also don't plan on running tires larger than 33s. I do want it to a be a capable vehicle off road though...

What new parts do I need to buy to do this? So the cut and turn is not necessarily needed for a 62? Am I better served to install a normal suspension lift instead?

Thanks for the input, guys.

Carson

Uncle Ben
09-18-2008, 07:28 AM
I guess my primary reason for this is to save cost over buying a new lift, since this will mainly be a trail rig. I also don't plan on running tires larger than 33s. I do want it to a be a capable vehicle off road though...

What new parts do I need to buy to do this? So the cut and turn is not necessarily needed for a 62? Am I better served to install a normal suspension lift instead?

Thanks for the input, guys.

Carson

For Just 33's, spend some money and do an OME lift. The ride quality will be much better than stock, OME is pretty sag proof, and it will wheel great.

Jacket
09-18-2008, 07:39 AM
Except that "staying on 33's" doesn't last that long, especially for a trail rig. It's only a matter of time before you want bigger.

Uncle Ben
09-18-2008, 07:40 AM
except That "staying On 33's" Doesn't Last That Long, Especially For A Trail Rig. It's Only A Matter Of Time Before You Want Bigger.

werd!

cbmontgo
09-18-2008, 07:57 AM
All very true. I'd probably get talked into some 35s with a spring-over. OME is great stuff too; I installed it on my '85. Decisions, decisions!

subzali
09-18-2008, 08:27 AM
yep, how far down the slippery slope are you going to go? ;)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but 35s fill up the wheelwells better than 33s with an SOA.

The body roll/tippy thing would get me though.

nakman
09-18-2008, 09:55 AM
I have to agree, in my brief ride through town in Jim's SOA 60 one day I thought the thing was pretty dang tippy. I guess you get used to it, as he has, and can't deny the improved clearance. But on a big wagon I'd vote for keeping the axle over the leaf springs, there's a lot you can do with u-bolt flips, body spacers, extended shackles, and new OME springs to fit 35's and still be able to avoid a bucket that flies out of that truck ahead of you on the highway.

you don't want to :flop: