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Hey i found a set of Dana 44 axles. 2 of them both front for $300. will these fit in to my 02 FX4.
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they are fullsize axles. you'd have to cut some off the width or your gonna have those things sticking out.
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will they fit lol....
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honestly, if you have to ask that you shouldn't think about doing a SAS.
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honestly, if you have to ask that you shouldn't think about doing a SAS.
lol x2
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Hey i found a set of Dana 44 axles. 2 of them both front for $300. will these fit in to my 02 FX4.
Doubt it. Even if you could get 'em in there you'd probably get the seats pretty dirty.....
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Smart ***... let me re ask the question. Will they fit under the truck. As in could I use one to replace the front end.
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If you do some fab work, it won't just slap in place and be good to go. And those guys weren't being smart asses...they were telling you what you asked pretty much.
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Doubt it. Even if you could get 'em in there you'd probably get the seats pretty dirty.....
he was being a smart ***, lol
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Doubt it. Even if you could get 'em in there you'd probably get the seats pretty dirty.....

I was referring to this comment
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I knew exactly what you were asking, but I was poking fun at what appears to be a huge lack of research on your part. Are you familiar with how much work it takes to get a straight axle frontend under your truck?

A 79 bronco frontend will work with your truck.......if you make it. Saying it will 'fit' would be a huge understatement.
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Could you please fill me in. I know that i will half to shorten the axels. Thats a given right off the bat. But other then that what will it take to make them fit.
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Where are they? I could use a D44 for my 86..
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Could you please fill me in. I know that i will half to shorten the axels. Thats a given right off the bat. But other then that what will it take to make them fit.
Honestly, you could do a Google search on shortening a D44, and probably find a lot more information then by asking that here on RF. Not to say the info isn't here, but if you're not willing to find it yourself, then I doubt you will get the definite answer by asking all of us.
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why shorten it? im runnin a FW 44 on the 97.. personally i think its perfect. slap that 44 under ur truck.. tis will be badass
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why shorten it? im runnin a FW 44 on the 97.. personally i think its perfect. slap that 44 under ur truck.. tis will be badass
Could you post some pics you your font end this way i can have a look and see what its like. Also what did you do for your rear end. I assume that you put a wider rear end in it as well.
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a 97 is completely different than your truck.

any axle will 'fit' any where if you put your mind to it. i am going to try to be nice about it.

yes a 1979 bronco front axle will work on your truck for a SAS. its drivers drop.

You have to run radius arms because the axle tube is 1 cast piece on the drivers side. good luck narrowing it. its gonna suck and I wouldnt want to do it.

its 5on5.5 lug pattern so your gonna need new wheels.

your going to need adapters in the rear and or run the 9" out of the bronco.

either way you have a ton more work ahead of you, and you need to work on researching before you make posts if you dont want made fun of.

hope you are planning on spending 4k+ to do the swap right.
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a 97 is completely different than your truck.

any axle will 'fit' any where if you put your mind to it. i am going to try to be nice about it.

yes a 1979 bronco front axle will work on your truck for a SAS. its drivers drop.

You have to run radius arms because the axle tube is 1 cast piece on the drivers side. good luck narrowing it. its gonna suck and I wouldnt want to do it.

its 5on5.5 lug pattern so your gonna need new wheels.

your going to need adapters in the rear and or run the 9" out of the bronco.

either way you have a ton more work ahead of you, and you need to work on researching before you make posts if you dont want made fun of.

hope you are planning on spending 4k+ to do the swap right.


OMG i think i just had a heart attack. 4K that's insane. I think i will wait then and look for something a little more plug and play. I.e a Explorer front end. And i don't mind being made fun of. If I can't take a joke then I think I am on the wrong forum.
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4k minimum. I have way over that in my first build let alone my second one!

you really have not read much in the SAS project logs.

Also the explorer front end is the same as your ranger.
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Yeah why would you want an explorer front end?
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Beard wouldn't it be just like Evans truck didn't you guys put a bronco Dana 44 and 9 inch in that?
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Yes we did. I didnt say it cant be done. I just said it may not be optimal. depends what you want and what you want in the future.
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I think i will wait then and look for something a little more plug and play. I.e a Explorer front end.


Sorry but that just makes my day! You have an FX4, just keep it IFS and put in a Superlift or find someone with an RCD kit. SAS requires a lot of fab work and lot of research. For someone with out all the experience or knowledge you might want to get another car, since it will take a lot longer then a weekend to put in a Solid Axle in.

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What are you trying to acheive? Looks? Offroad capabilites? What size tires you want to run?

Maybe we could help you with a more cost effective easier way to lift.

Body Lift is the cheapest and easiest and you can run 33s. Add a superlift to that and run some 35s.

I have helped a small bit with a solid axle swap and its no easy task. Lots of thinking and tool throwing.
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I want to run 35's eventually. but i was told but the guys here at the local off road shop, that if i try to run 35's i will go threw ball joints left right and center. But if i put in a explorer front end it will be able to hold the extra weight and stress when going off roading.I have a super lift kit on the way. I bought the one that INT3RC3PTOR posted on craislist. It should be here in the next week or so. My main thing is i want to build this thing right, the first time. i don't want to fiddle fart around and then find out that i got screwed over. Plus i found a set of Dana 44s for 250.
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