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man i need a lift, i wanna be able to go up that stuff too! looks good bud, nice work on the truck
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Awesome work John!

I really like that Refinance sign in the background, hope its not an omen!
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Nah. I'm a 6% fixed rate on my house. I'm fine -- for now.

And thanks!
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2WD? Me? Look at my sig, Killer. I'm a 4x4 now.

And you can probably outdrive me in your truck even if my truck were more capable, lol. I have very little experience in 4WD still.

But bring it on! Even if I lose, I learn...
Yea I know you are 4x4 but your truck's title i believe still says 2wd, so that means I get to call your truck 2wd even though your 2wd truck can crawl over my 4x4!!!

I may have a little more experience than you but your flex and approach & breakover angles should leave me spining my 4 tires. I wish i could wheel with you some day but ~1800 miles is a long way to wheel!

As always I look forward to seeing all the pictures of your newly improved 2wd truck!!
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Truck looks BA!! lol.. hopefully my truck will look that good when im done with her and she has all 4 35's on and not just the rear ones! lol... cant decide if i want to put the extra 3"bl on or just leave it with the 4" SL and torque the Tbars...
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Yea I know you are 4x4 but your truck's title i believe still says 2wd, so that means I get to call your truck 2wd even though your 2wd truck can crawl over my 4x4!!!

I may have a little more experience than you but your flex and approach & breakover angles should leave me spining my 4 tires. I wish i could wheel with you some day but ~1800 miles is a long way to wheel!

As always I look forward to seeing all the pictures of your newly improved 2wd truck!!
Well, we could split the difference and each drive 900 miles?...

Thanks. It did well wheeling with a built Jeep but I'm getting a front Aussie Locker when I can. I've watched your videos and been impressed on what a front locker does. Even if you lift a tire -- you've still got some go.

Yes, it has more flex than IFS but you can still lift a front tire easier on mine -- the rear flexes more.

And James, thank you as well. You'll figure out what you want to do soon -- then change your mind later if your anything like me. How many builds has my truck been through now, lol?...
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Yea I know you are 4x4 but your truck's title i believe still says 2wd, so that means I get to call your truck 2wd even though your 2wd truck can crawl over my 4x4!!!

I may have a little more experience than you but your flex and approach & breakover angles should leave me spining my 4 tires. I wish i could wheel with you some day but ~1800 miles is a long way to wheel!

As always I look forward to seeing all the pictures of your newly improved 2wd truck!!

I wanna wheel with you!! I'm only 300 miles away.
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I wanna wheel with you!! I'm only 300 miles away.
New Mexico? Did you annex Virginia, lol?
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Naw I was talkin to supersonic, since he's in ABQ. Griggs I'm moving to NC next year then I'll make a road trip to wheel with you lol. We can have 2 converted trucks wheelin together. That'd be sweet!
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how much did all the parts and labor cost??
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Yea I know you are 4x4 but your truck's title i believe still says 2wd, so that means I get to call your truck 2wd even though your 2wd truck can crawl over my 4x4!!!

I may have a little more experience than you but your flex and approach & breakover angles should leave me spining my 4 tires. I wish i could wheel with you some day but ~1800 miles is a long way to wheel!

As always I look forward to seeing all the pictures of your newly improved 2wd truck!!
who wouldnt want to go wheeling with adrian!



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His truck is nearly stock except for the front locker -- he does it all by "force of will, lol".

And yes, Ryan, that'd be cool to go wheeling with you when you get out here!
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how much did all the parts and labor cost??
It's really, really hard to account for, Chris. I accumulated the parts over a couple of years time, making the best deals I could. Rebuild parts, gear ratio changes and so on cost the most, followed by tools I had to buy like a welder and so forth.

All in all I'd say it's under $2000 -- but I can't give you an exact figure. I was the "labor" and the time is uncountable but it's a whole lot over about a 6 month period for the inital SAS, but it wasn't until April that it was a 4x4.

You'd have to be exceptionally blessed to have gotten some of the "deals" I got -- my axle and suspension brackets, 4" F-150 lift springs, radius arms and so forth were from a 1979 F-150 scrapped here at the steel mill. It's not everyday you get a free axle and parts. I had to sandblast and rebuild it all -- but it saved me beaucoup $$$. I traded some non-automotive stuff for a t-case and an old 4x4 A4LD to get an output shaft from, and so forth.

I don't know how familiar you are with my truck, but there's some info over on cardomain -- link in my signature -- and go to page 25 once you get there.
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meet in colorado. perfect!
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Naw I was talkin to supersonic, since he's in ABQ. Griggs I'm moving to NC next year then I'll make a road trip to wheel with you lol. We can have 2 converted trucks wheelin together. That'd be sweet!
Razor, send me a PM. Wheeling is the last thing I have time for but i might be able to work something. Between work, going back to school for my masters, kido #2 on the way, wife working nights, and my fun energitic 2 year old, I might find some free time. I assume you are here in abq?

Zach, thanks, you bring the SAS phase 2 down to NM and we'll make some time to show you some wheeling! What is this phase 2, show me the link? If I wait long enough, i might be able to drive to your shop with axle in hand and drive home with a SAS all in one weekend!!

Gildo, meeting in co sounds good to me, thats only like ~400 to denver I think. And i know there is some sweet places to wheel there.
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Zach, thanks, you bring the SAS phase 2 down to NM and we'll make some time to show you some wheeling! What is this phase 2, show me the link? If I wait long enough, i might be able to drive to your shop with axle in hand and drive home with a SAS all in one weekend!!

Gildo, meeting in co sounds good to me, thats only like ~400 to denver I think. And i know there is some sweet places to wheel there.
Ive tried to pry zach down here for a while now.

anyways, there are endless badass places to wheel up here. You come up here and I will run down to farmington, how about that? (how far are you from farmington?)
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Yes this sounds like a great time!

Adrian, I am already planning my SAS 3 on another truck in less than a weeks time :) Stay tuned in June.

My SAS #2 is consisting of 37s, locked, Dana 60 rear, D44 front, full width, 4 wheel disc brakes, high steer, and fuel cell setup.

Current pics start around page 54 in my SAS thread.
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Zach, I was hoping you didn't say my SAS thread, that thing is to long to read. Thanks for the short version.

Gildo, 3 hours to farmington. Never wheeled there they got some REAL rocks there.
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Yes, the SAS threads are the all-time winners around here for discussion. They helped me think some things out for sure. I haven't had much to say in them, but I've watched quite a bit -- though not all pages of all threads FOR SURE. If I'd done that, I would still be reading them and my SAS would never have beeen done, lol.
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