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twin i beam to straight axle???

i just picked up a 94 b4000 4x4 and its got the twin i beam i wanted to make a prerunner out of it but i wanted to start with some travel but the only kit i found was $3k.... can i put a straight axle in, without to much fab?.
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welcome to r-f.

check out my SAS thread, its in my signature.

i went with leafs because it was cheaper, coils will give you a better ride.
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Coils will also be easier since an Early Bronco Dana 44 pretty much bolts into the TTB trucks with a panhard bar needing to be built.
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you will already have upper coil buckets, upper shock mount, and raduis arm brackets. donno if the radius arms will match up but it shouldnt be do hard of a process. o ya you also have a steering box. thats a PITA if you start with a rack and pinion instead
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yeah i was going to ask, my dad has a 79 bronco 4x4 just sitting around do you think those would fit with a little of fab?
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i do beleive it has rack and pinion
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Your Truck doenst have rack and pinion it has a steering box bolted to the frame on the drivers side. The 79 bronco Axles will work. they are fullwidth so they are harder to use but it can be done. You would need to move your radius arm mounts.
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and i wont need to change anything with 4x4 with it being locking hubs and mine beeing auto?
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and i wont need to change anything with 4x4 with it being locking hubs and mine beeing auto?
nope, you just plug the vacuum line.
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if you want to make it a prerunner, keep the TTB


there's a reason you dont see many solid axle desert trucks
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So how in the hell do you convert rack and pinion to a steering box???????? I looks really simple, am i missing something. Dont mean to hi-jack, PROMISE. PM if need be or tell me how here

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=63051
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another ??? my 4 wheel will not engage i tried everything i can think of, when i oush the buttin it will not come on, i went in for a lil came back out started it up and it was on. so i tried to turn it off but nothing i would not turn off so i was stuck driving around in 4 wheel drive 2 days later went out started mu truck and it was off....
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o ya you also have a steering box. thats a PITA if you start with a rack and pinion instead
Man, THAT'S the truth! One of the most PITA parts of mine for sure.
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yeah i was going to ask, my dad has a 79 bronco 4x4 just sitting around do you think those would fit with a little of fab?
It's going to be wide. I'm using a 1979 F-150 axle which is basically the same one. When you bold the lower coil buckets back on the axle, rotate them 180 degrees and it lines them up with your frame spacing -- convenient.

My truck's SAS information is here and on page 25 of my Cardomain site (link in my signature).
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nope, you just plug the vacuum line.
The '83-'97 Ranger's do NOT use nor do they have a vacuum line at the front axle. They use the same physics as any solid axle Dana 44 uses for lock outs.


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if you want to make it a prerunner, keep the TTB


there's a reason you dont see many solid axle desert trucks


If you want wheel travel, doing a SAS will not help; if anything, it will hurt your wheel travel. You can get upwards of 20"-25" of travel out of the TTB with some modifications (cheaper and easier than a SAS). Adding a 6" lift and extended radius arms will give you close to 16" of wheel travel. That is greatly increased over the stock wheel travel of about 10"-12". Just disconnecting the front and rear sway bars will give you 1" more of wheel travel.

Bent and turned axle beams will also give you an increas amount of wheel travel. Bent and turned axle beams along with extended radius arms will get you close to 25"+ of travel.

Please take a chance and do some reading on the TTB axle that is in your truck.
http://www.therangerstation.com/Maga.../TTBTuning.htm
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...eelTravel.html
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...eelTravel.html
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...merman_ttb.htm
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Long Travel Ranger kits:
http://www.autofab.com/Ranger%20home.htm
http://www.autofab.com/mdl28kit.htm
http://www.camburg.com/fords1P4x4.html


This is what a cut and turned axle beam looks like:


You can even add MORE lift by using either 4" or 6" drop brackets and then adding 6" cut and turned beams. Then using Jeep lifting coils, wheel travel can be in crazy amounts.
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durp, i was thinking about the 98-99 4x4 setups.

i get the dunce hat for not thinking.
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