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4x4 conversion SAS or IFS

ok so i am in the planning stages of my 4x4 conversion now and once i start i am going to do the whole thing at once (axle tranny ect) but i am trying to decide if i should do a SAS or IFS conversion... if i go the SAS route i will use a dana 44 and possibly a ford 9 inch rear and if i go the IFS route it will be basically stock parts with a RCD lift kit installed... either way im not going larger than 35's so tell me which you think i should do and why
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How hard are you gonna wheel it?
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How hard are you gonna wheel it?
nothing too insane but i will need to keep up with griggs when i move back up north next year
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I say go with the D44, its better to have extra than to not have enough.
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nothing too insane but i will need to keep up with griggs when i move back up north next year
lol!

And apparently you want the misery of the SAS work! I joke about it, but I'm very glad I took it on -- I learned a lot...sometimes the hard way, lol.

It's all in what you want, Billy. I'll be wheeling with some IFS guys still. But I think you'll find IFS is a maintenance headache down the line more than a SAS will be. The SAS will be expensive and trouble up front, less trouble down the road.
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Go SAS. I'm sure you won't be disappointed in the end.
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lol!

And apparently you want the misery of the SAS work! I joke about it, but I'm very glad I took it on -- I learned a lot...sometimes the hard way, lol.

It's all in what you want, Billy. I'll be wheeling with some IFS guys still. But I think you'll find IFS is a maintenance headache down the line more than a SAS will be. The SAS will be expensive and trouble up front, less trouble down the road.

thats kinda what i was thinking cause i really dont want to have to worry about cv joints breaking all the time
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SAS, more work but your still tearing the whole front end apart. No need to put in something weaker. I wouldn't worry about the 8.8. You could always just build up the 8.8 if you're really worried about the 8.8 breaking then upgrade it.
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If you have the knowledge, skills, tools, and can spare the downtime......SAS for sure. If you just want to be 2wd one day and 4wd the next then the IFS conversion would be better, its a very easy swap.


BTW I want a SAS lol.
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If you have the knowledge, skills, tools, and can spare the downtime......SAS for sure. If you just want to be 2wd one day and 4wd the next then the IFS conversion would be better, its a very easy swap.


BTW I want a SAS lol.

well the truck isn't really a DD anymore and after i get my new jetta TDI later this summer it will not be driven daily at all... as far as the knowledge and skills go im a quick learner
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sas fo sho
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if you're gonna go 4x4, then might as well go for it the right way and stick a D44 under there
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SAS with a D60.
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buy my rcd

should be taking it off by mid year/end of the year so gives you time to collect parts and stuff
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I am going to go off the beaten path and say this......

As nice as your truck is, if you don't have the skills/equipment to make a SAS look stock, then go with the IFS 4wd suspension.
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I am going to go off the beaten path and say this......

As nice as your truck is, if you don't have the skills/equipment to make a SAS look stock, then go with the IFS 4wd suspension.

thats the only reason i would want the IFS because it is soo much easier to do... but the SAS is way cooler
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sas. like roach said fo sho....

your truck looks sick as is...

just imagine a d44 under there...







beauty....
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well if you have the time and money and the right skills then a SAS. I mean it shouldn't be to hard if your in no hurry to do it as you can take your time.
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I don't think mine looks stock -- but I still enjoy it!
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I don't think mine looks stock -- but I still enjoy it!
no ranger with a SAS will ever look stock... even zach's truck
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Neither, just sell it and buy something with a sfa.
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Neither, just sell it and buy something with a sfa.
ehh i like my truck too much to do that... unless i buy a new jeep rubicon
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