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Old 02-01-2011, 11:58 PM
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I got a full set of alcan springs that were built specifically for SOA use. They are flat at rest and very flexy. You don't get a harsh ride and you get quite a bit of articulation. I also decided to do a shackle reversal at the same time I did the SOA and I flipped my springs so I got 1.5" of wheelbase in the front and the same in the rear. Now, 3" of wheelbase doesn't sound like much it really does seem to make the rig handle better both on road and offroad, a slightly better ride, etc. I think the consensus is longer wheelbase helps you climb obstacles better but increases your turn radius in the tight spots. I have never had an instance (so far anyways) where I was saying "dang, I wish I had a shorter turn radius" but I really noticed the improvement in climbing ability and stability with the longer wheelbase. You are welcome to drive the Mule any time if you want to compare how it handles and rides with this setup. It is amazingly stable on the pavement at 70 mph and actually has a very decent ride. Before, when it had the 4" lift SUA suspension, you would p** blood after a ride offroad.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:53 AM
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Thanks, not having driven this rig at all, I really don't have any idea what to expect. It does have shackle reversal on it now and a Rancho lift, I think it is 2 or 2.5". I will measure the wheelbase today just to verify what it is at (should be stock).. The Rancho springs seem pretty stout so they might beat me up a bit, not knowing is really why I think I will just drive it a bit and then make decisions on which direction to go.. Thanks for the offer on the Mule!! I would like to drive it someday, I would also like you to take my rig for a spin and let me know what you think.. As always, I really appreciate your advise and input!! See you at the meeting tonight??

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Old 02-02-2011, 03:24 PM
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Can't make it tonight, Im in Phoenix on business.
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:43 PM
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Where did you get the HD box you mounted the rear seat on?
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:50 PM
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It came with the 40 when I bought it, I think it was made specifically for the 40 though, fantastic fit! Talk about heavy, between that and the 20gal extra fuel tank it's got some weight in back. I will have to check the F/R balance after I get everything finished and loaded up.. Have a good trip!!
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Here is the latest.. Had to fab my own spare tire carrier. It is made out of primarily 1"x2" 14ga. with the hinges made out of 1.25"x.240 DOM and bronze inserts with 1/2" bolt.





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Old 02-15-2011, 07:34 PM
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Ok, so I thought I would update this. With Marco's help this weekend, I got the tubing bent for the soft top bows Thanks Marco!!! They turned out really nice, this is the OEM design and for my first attempt, I think they will work GREAT...









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Old 02-15-2011, 07:41 PM
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Wow, you made your own OEM soft top bows??!! I am impressed!
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Man, it turned awesome!! Looking good!
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