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    ok i got a 79 cj7.it is lifted and i think its close to 6 in between the springs and shakles. I want to do a spring over and run the steering above the springs.I got to do it on a close budget (lots of trips to the yard)from my reserch im looking at using stock yj 5 pack springs all the way around and colapsable shakles to give me a beter ride and more articulation. I was wondering if anyone has experience with this set up or a beter idea.like i said gotta do it on a budget but wont do anything chincey. if anyone has a set up that works well id apreciat the info

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    You might try looking on www.jeepforum.com, they have a seperate section just for cj's.
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    I have a 1979 CJ7, AMC V8, auto with a dana 300 tranfer case, rough country 4" lift With scout dana 44 axles and 33" tires. If you do a spring over you will have a lot more to do then just add the springs on top of the axles. The first is the fact that you will have to add something to stop axle wrap and work out the steering so it doesnt hit the springs. Also add a transfer case drop because of the amount of lift the spring over will give you. Are you doing the spring over to fit larger tires for the street or off road? Do a Yahoo search for spring over and do your research first because I know several people that got rid of their spring over because of the problems. IMHO you should save your money and get a complete spring under lift kit with the correct shocks and new shackles and bushing, and new U bolts for the axles. Dont reuse your old U bolts.
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    axle wrap can be taken care of with a lader bar and for the steering just got to find a nuckle that will put it where i want.the reason for going spring over is that it will eliminate spring and stering hang up in the rocks,and if i can use a flat spring wich i think the yjs run it will give me a softer ride and they r more plyable on the trail.a simple extension on the shock towers and i wont loose anything there.just wondering if anyone has ran the yjs on a cj and how they worked

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    I've run stock YJ springs on spring over and it works fine. The flex well, but they were not HD enough for my rig so I went with RE1.5s and like them much better.

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    Truck, did you throw a ladder bar in it? Or something for axle wrap?
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    Booooo for SOA, exactly as stated it's bad for axle wrap and will never be the "cheap" option
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    Did you say you wanted to use revolver shackles? I've never used them, so I can't say from experience one way or the other, but I hear they are pretty sketchy.

    Other than that I'm researching a SOA swap myself, and I haven't found a cheap way to do it yet... Let me know if you do.
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    thanks for the info.I think im going to stay sua. i thought it would be a cheaper than what im hearing becouse it was real cheap when i did a sami.Ive got around 6 inches and prob just try to find some good rideing springs to keep me about the same and put the money into lockers

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