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Front Axle Options

What are the pros and cons for these front axle options:

1) Dana"35" IFS

2) Dana 35 TTB

3) Dana 35/44 SAS

Also, has anyone ever heard of someone hybridizing a full sized IFS (Ford 8.8 IFS?) with a 98+ IFS Dana "35" setup for a stronger Ranger IFS setup?
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Most people that need stronger axles do an SAS. I have never seen an 8.8 used in the front of Rangers. It would take a lot of custom work.

Dana 35 parts will not fit in the Dana 35 IFS axle in Rangers. Not sure about the TTB 35 though.
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Dana 35 parts will not fit in the Dana 35 IFS axle in Rangers. Not sure about the TTB 35 though.
Really? 98+ D/M35's have more in common with the Jeep 35 than the TTB 35...
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It all depends on your application. If your a prerunner, you can get wicked travel for cheap with the TTB. The TTB is esentially a mud plow though.
If your a street queen, and rarely go offroad, the IFS will do fine. Cons of this are parts wearing out more quickly, terrible flex etc.
The D35/44 is for more extreme wheeling. Generally paired with bigger tires. It gives you better and more predictable articulation than an IFS or TTB. Cons are pretty much nothing beyond price.
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Really? 98+ D/M35's have more in common with the Jeep 35 than the TTB 35...
From what I have read on here from Bob and others that I trust they have said that Dana 35 lockers or L/S will not fit because the Dana 35 in our Rangers because the distance between the carrier bearings is less than in a normal 35 . Gears will work but that's about it.

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