SOA VS 4" suspension

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SOA to SUA. I have a SOA, ARBs front and rear, 4.88's and 35's. All is so new the nobbies aren't even worn off. I don't feel there is enough articulation with the SOA because the travel is limited to 1.5". Therefore, I am contemplating going back to an SUA.
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What lift would I need to accomidate the 35's? I want to go lower than the 6" of lift the SOA provides.
What brand would best fit?
If I can't go as low as 4" suspension SUA, would anyone want to swap axles and possibly the 35's provided I would get 4.11's with ARB lockers?
Thanks, Guy
 
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where are you located? we might be able to work something out.

btw, looks like most guys on here are running 5" Alcans with 1-2" shackles to run 35's or a MAF Safari with SR and can fit 35's no problem.

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I am located in Oklahoma City. Thank you, I was looking at the Safari 4" with SR and after a lot of measuring, think it will work. I have a 3" Alcan on my Jeep and they make some incredible springs so I had planned on calling them this week. I can find housings for $350 each. But I don't know exactly how to change out the 3rd member and would need help. Would the angle of the cut and turn work to my advantage for a 4" lift?
 
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why do u only have 1.5" of travel?

on my truck i currently have 33's but did have 35's before with the same setup i have now and only had minimal rubbing when flexed.

I have to admit being SUA has its disadvantages for sure for the type of stuff i hit or atempt to hit but i do flex pretty well being SUA. If my shackles would quit finding the rocks before the tires i would be much happier.
 

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Just curious why the travel is limited to 1.5 inches? With SOA it's usually much more. Did you perhaps re-use your old and now too short shocks?

Something is very wrong with your set-up if that is all the flex you have, it should be more like 15-18 inches.
 
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The issue is there is a threshold where SOA is about 6" of lift and makes your rig "big." It is hard to build a 60 series small SOA. For this reason I advise SUA more often than on, 4-5" of good healthy springs and you will clear 35's fine. I like SOA but you have to keep in mind the size of it. This pic is about the smallest you can safely get a SOA on a 60 series. If you are happy with a "big" truck then you will be fine. You can build truck small with 35's...
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