Questions about Spring over Axel

Shadowdragon Oct 2, 2015

  1. Shadowdragon

    Shadowdragon Bought an X

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    I have been considering possibly doing a spring over axel conversion for the rear axel on my X. I was just wondering if anyone else has gone this route or not. If so? What problems did you have and what should I look out for/expect. And if you haven't gone this route. Why and what is the downside of trying a SOA conversion?
    I haven't found any other threads on this but I believe Kuma said he had his SOA at one point.
     
  2. TheFauxFox

    TheFauxFox Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    You will need a considerable amount of lift in the front to make it close to level, which usually entails either a differential bracket drop, a Titan swap, or both (lets assume you don't want to SAS,). Even with this, you will have to crank down pretty hard on those coilovers to level out your truck. Your driveshaft will also need to be extended to cover the additional distance and/or angle. Then there will be the group that says that you will have to moderately consider the effects of axle wrap.

    I'm generally for the SOA, but can't speak for it in the experience department... so you can take my comments as a grain of salt.

    EDIT (because I had to refresh my memory):
    OZ has done it with great success, but admits getting the front to match is very costly.
    http://www.xterranation.org/showthr...-Big-Massive-Avalanche-in-Rancho-Cucamonga-CA
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2015
  3. granitex

    granitex Skid Plates Founding Member

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    you can also get some serious axle wrap due the different orientation of thr axle to the main leaf
     
  4. Jbat

    Jbat First Fill-Up (of many)

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    An anti wrap bar will take care of axle wrap and can be built in multiple configurations to accomplish this. Again, the cost involved with getting the front end to sit high enough to match the rear can be rather expensive but you gain plenty of clearance without the spring packs under the axle. However, for higher speed running, I.e. desert stuff, spring under axle is usually more desirable.
     
  5. TheFauxFox

    TheFauxFox Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Just so it's clear, this is under the 2nd gen category.
     
  6. Shadowdragon

    Shadowdragon Bought an X

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    Awesome info yall. I'm just exploring options at this time, but I appreciate all the help. I'm still not quite sure about what I want to do with my truck, but y'all have helped a lot.
     
  7. Deadpilot

    Deadpilot <img src="http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u7/ra Founding Member

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    I also have done the SOA but I did SAS and well that thing is a beast now. A ton of body roll with a slight lean to driver side with out sway bar hooked up. I also have to put a set of shims in to help with rear drive shaft angle.

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