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what to do with my trucks...input?

so i have had the mazda on craigslist for a week, and its on pirate....My original plan was to trade for a 2door cherokee and make a [email protected] crawler out of it....but now im over it.

what do you guys think of this...with the money i have right now, take it to a shop (so its done right) and....

-sas it with a d30 or a d44
-8.8 rear (just for the perches, gears, and lockers.. i can install it)
-4.56's all around
-35's

then also get a bumper made and get a spray in bedliner.

THEN, sell the mazda and get a 5.0 swap.



what do you guys think. my ranger is comin up on 100k miles and all of a sudden i want to start getting it worked on, and ive lost interest in my mazda...plus it would bring me back to one vehicle, instead of having a 2nd that is kind of unneeded.

money....doesnt matter too much right now, its just the direction i need...advice??
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sounds good but if ur planing on running 35's i would go 4.88...or even 5.13....depending on what u plan on doing with it.....especially since its a 3.0.
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also if u did any idea on how much u would want for the SL?
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sounds good but if ur planing on running 35's i would go 4.88...or even 5.13....depending on what u plan on doing with it.....especially since its a 3.0.
....did you read the part where it said that i want to sell my mazda and put a 5.0 in it??
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Keep looking for an SE IMO......



Ther is one for sale locally to me with 70k on the clock for $1500
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o.....gotcha.....lol

what about the SL?
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Daily Drive a SAS'd 5.0 swapped Ranger on 35's? Hope you have enough money after everything for gas haha
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Daily Drive a SAS'd 5.0 swapped Ranger on 35's? Hope you have enough money after everything for gas haha
right now i get like 12-13mpg ungeared......
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idk about the sas but sell the mazda for the money for the 5.0 swap.
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I don't think swapping in a 5.0 is a good idea when your in CA. You have to go to the CA BAR and get the engine inspected, legalized and registered for your truck. If you don't then every time you have to smog the vehicle you have to go back and install the orig motor that came with the truck.

I don't know if you knew this already but something to think about.
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I don't think swapping in a 5.0 is a good idea when your in CA. You have to go to the CA BAR and get the engine inspected, legalized and registered for your truck. If you don't then every time you have to smog the vehicle you have to go back and install the orig motor that came with the truck.

I don't know if you knew this already but something to think about.
i was sort of aware of that, but it doesnt worry me too much......
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Just 5.0 swap it and re-gear if you have to. When you get bored with that then go with something different.
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do exactly what you want sas then v8 swap to gain more power... think its a badass idea just wish i could start mine. but one project at a time...

now hurry up and start building
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help me with my reading but to my understanding you want to do all that work to the mazda then sell it? Worst idea I've ever done heard.
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help me with my reading but to my understanding you want to do all that work to the mazda then sell it? Worst idea I've ever done heard.
um.....no.

all this work is for the ranger.

the mazda is the funding for the 5.0 swap.

already talked to a shop....now just gotta find me some axles!!
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if you are going for a solid axle swap

go for the dana 44 ( even better ,, use a ford 9`` inch ,, reverse rotation )

even though the dana 44 is a very stout axle

the ford 9 inch axle beats it hands down in regards to stoutness and also for aftermarket parts

also use a dana 300 manual transfer case ( meant for a jeep jy )
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if you are going for a solid axle swap

go for the dana 44 ( even better ,, use a ford 9`` inch ,, reverse rotation )

even though the dana 44 is a very stout axle

the ford 9 inch axle beats it hands down in regards to stoutness and also for aftermarket parts

also use a dana 300 manual transfer case ( meant for a jeep jy )
im actually talkin to a few guys with d44/ford 9"s....
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would u sell the Super Lift...and if so how much?

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would u sell the Super Lift...and if so how much?
dude....calm down. im not even there yet.
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