SOA's are not uncommon... you have to do your research first to ensure you cover all the bases with general knowledge so you don't get blind-sided by unseen mods.... some of us have been there and that is why we share our experiences... to help others not make the same mistakes... or help with tips and tricks....
front shaft... possibly rear
brakelines must be extended or dropped down off the frame.
steering correction with 4-6" DPA or X-Over steering
new shocks and possible relocation of some mounts
reroute stock exhaust to clear the from shaft
E-brake lines may be tight after the rear lift...mods there
new U-bolts in the front are a must... rear ... depends....using NASTY blocks.... you need them....
The biggest concern with SOA conversion is ensuring the perches are welded no more than 3 degrees (most go parallel) from the OEM perch... and ensure the new perches are equal distance from the axle tube....since one side sits on the cast housing.... mods are needed to shave it down some and build the other side up a bit to get the level side-to-side stance...
Welding on cast is a bit tricky, but can be done... and if done right.... will be very strong... ARC welding... I suggest nickel rod and the cast be preheated.... I also have MIG'd cast with good success... also preheated, but took several passes with a 110 buzz box ( Lincoln Weld Pak) I am not a professional welder... just going what I have been told and it worked GREAT for me.
As stated... I have detailed info on my site.... (link in sig)
Generally speaking.... if you do all the work yourself.... to complete the SOA ONLY.....(estimated)
now with any lift you need to get new shocks... so leave that out for now....
The rear can be lifted with ...um <choking on this> BLOCKS
or my kit.... I hate blocks so I am gonna say my kit
$185 RB Shackle Inversion Kit
Steering mods... you can go with a Drop pitman for $70 or go high X-over steering with a mid 70's pass side GM flattop knuckle and high steer arm for around $300... all the X-over steering parts can be purchased from www.partsmike.net.
shaft mods... I recommend a high angle CV up front for around $275... but this is just me....
the rear shaft may not need any mods... you won't know for sure until you are completely done.
So the for the money... you get a soft flexy 6-7"suspension.... compare that with a 6" lift... ( I'll let you do the math
I like a 'personal touch' so I did my SOA WITH a 4" lift... but I have dropped the lift and gave it to my wife for her Chero.... I'm all about custom stuff.
Any more Q's... just ask....
as you can see... the SOA is more 'HANDS ON' and custom... a bit more in depth than just throwing on a lift.... the choice is yours...
[ June 11, 2003, 07:41 AM: Message edited by: River Beast ]