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Looks like its SAS time

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Looks like its SAS time

Well, my truck is officially a complete pile of ****

The front hub looks like it split apart, the wheel, while in the air, wobbles around like crazy, and one of the seals on the hub looks like its not there + there are metal shavings everywhere.

so instead of messing around with this, im going to swap in the D44 front axle and the D60 rear.

I plan on going with a leaf setup for simplicity/cost, I dont really do any extreme off roading, and no rock crawling, so im not worried about maximum travel/articulation. basically, its a mud truck.

Ive done a little reading about it, but now its time for sure. Time to get educated
 
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w00t w00t
 
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I think im going to try to get them in as cheaply as possible, and just run the current diffs/gear thats in the axle.

im afraid i wont be able to turn 35's with 3.55's though. I think it will be fine for a while though, my only drive that i HAVE to take is 40mph tops.

Lockers and 4.56's or 4.88's will be in the future
 
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Originally Posted by dixieranger44
thats what i like to hear
the best part was they were free
 
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W3RD...

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Originally Posted by dixieranger44
no way... howd you manage that? and what else do you need?
my cousin had them laying in his barn

They are out of a full size truck, so they need to be shortened

A local shop is going to do it, my buddy said it cost him 200 per axle to have them shortened/re splined. but ive gotta call and verify this.

I started stripping down the axles today to clean em up get them ready.

Hopefully ill get to ordering some of the suspension parts tonight
 
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What is the front axle out of? Drivers drop? And I'd leave them the length they are, it'll handle so much better.

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Originally Posted by dixieranger44
yea i figured they were out of a fullsize 3/4 ton. thats awsome that your gettin them for free. they in good shape? what kinda springs you gettin?

they spin freely

they have the same bolt pattern as a ranger, so im going to re-use my break setup, 2 months ago i put brand new rotors and calipers on the front, and the ones on the other axles are pretty rusty.

I drained the diff fluid a few mins ago, and it was dirty, but everything looks good in there.

im going with leafs, not sure on how much total lift i want yet, either 6 or 8" :D
 
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Originally Posted by dixieranger44
if they're too wide thought hell have front driveshaft problems.
Oh yea...

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is it me or are SAS's poppin up like kids around here? pretty soon 95% of rf will have a SAS done
 
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Originally Posted by dixieranger44
how do they have the same pattern as a ranger? do you know what they are out of? itd have to be a 250 if its a 44 front and 60 rear.
its actually out of a 78 dodge truck, the pig is on the wrong side, but thats not a problem because i need to have the axles shortened anyways, all you need to do is shorten one side and lengthen the other.

i had one of my rotors off today, and i slipped it on the D44, and it fit perfect. All im gonna have to worry about with using my stock ranger brakes is a break caliper bracket.

Edit: I might ditch this front axle, in favor of the waggy narrow track axle, that is the right width, right from the get go, i just did a quick search, and it looks like they can be found pretty cheap
 

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Originally Posted by dixieranger44
if they're too wide thought hell have front driveshaft problems.
im pretty sure im going to need new driveshafts anyways, but not positive yet

$250 for a custom one, thats not too bad
 
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Originally Posted by SHOman86
is it me or are SAS's poppin up like kids around here? pretty soon 95% of rf will have a SAS done

Word... my rear axle went in yesterday... gonna be doin the front w/in the next couple weeks!

Oh BTW... I'm using a waggy front 44 and a Rodeo rear 44... I would go w/ the waggy since its already the right size... look over on pirate, they have them for sale all the time...
 
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All Pro Offroad has 1 piece pitman arms that you can drill out for the heim joints.

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