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D44 SAS on a 2000 Ranger

Hey guys, my name is Adam. I'm a noob on Ranger-Forums but I'm not too much of a noob to Rangers.

I have a 2000 Ranger XLT with 2.5" blocks, a torsion crank, and a 3" body lift sittin on 33's.

I have a leaf D44 out of an '85 wagoneer (yes, I know to stay away from the 84 and 85 but what ever, it was cheap and I'm doin a manual hub conversion anyways)

I'm slowly gathering parts for the SAS but steering now comes to mind. I'm planning on a high steer kit, but what have other people done in this case.

If anyone could walk me through the entierty of it that would be superb.

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Hey I live in Denver, if you want you could just drive over to my garage and I'll help ya SAS it































JK, you can search "Ranger SAS" on the forums and go to www.explorerforums.com and www.pirate4x4.com. That will help you find examples of SAS' done.
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There a couple really good SAS threads here....complete builduup threads. Zabeard, 02FX4, a few others, but they don't come to mind. Most use a high steer on the D44s, and combine the ranger shaft and a toyota shaft to make a hybrid shaft to work with the ranger column and the yota box.
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Good to see another Colorado guy. Welcome and talk to Zabeard for help.
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Does the 84 Grand Waggy D44 have flat-top knuckles? If not, you'll need to get some of those and get the passenger side milled, drilled, tapped, and studded to run hi-steer. You should be able to find some on a Chevy D44 or 10 bolt, among other things. Beyond that, most people run a Toyota IFS steering box, standard crossover hi-steer arms, and a custom drag link for steering.
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Holy crap! Thanks for the quick posts guys. I'll look up the builds. I almost bought a jeep shaft and box to use today but now it looks like the yota rout is the road most taken.

And it's nice to know some CO guys are on here!
I'll start a build thread once it takes off.

I'm still tryin to rebuild and clean the 20 years of gunk off, and all my tools are boxed up so I'm havin a hell of a time trying to get the u-bolts off with a braker bar while it's sitting on jack stands in my garage.

Thanks for the direction guys
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That's what were here for. Welcome to the club, once again.
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Pick up a can of PB Blaster... good stuff that should help you out bigtime getting stuck bolts off!
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torch and impact are your friends.
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Howdy, & welcome...
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im in WY if thats worth anything lol

welcome to the site..
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how big are you going with it anything under like 38's or 40's shouldnt need high steer just run the drag link sraight to the tie rod. Also the stock ranger steering shaft will fit on the yota box.
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high steer on any amount of lift will improve steering control.
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High steer = less bump steer if you are lifted. It helps your drag link stay as close to parallel with the ground as possible.
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agreed but isnt a a got to
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No, but it's definitely high on the list of "want to's"
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Thanks for all the replys. I cant read one before another shows up!

So I'll fill ya'll in on the status so far:

Not so well. I normally use my friends garage to do my work. I'm only 17 and I can barely afford parts, let alone tools. My pal is in the process of moving I decided to ditch the stock leafs because they're pretty thrashed and the Jeep they came out of looked a little droopy in the front. I'm havin a hell of a time gettin the ubolts out.

I'm still slowly gathering parts and I'll be there soon enough.

Seeing the build threads has really helped.

I hope my friend gets settled into his house soon so I can take advantage of his tools.


In the end:
I'm shootin for about 6" of lift, and 37" tires.

I think I'll try to run the standard cross over steering unless a bag of money falls from the sky.

Thanks for your help guys
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I dont know if there is enough room to clear the springs with crossover steering. might want to check that out before you buy a bunch of stuff

if it was me i would go high steer. this is a very important thing to me. i dont want to run crossover steering again. i know i will have high steer on my D44 setup
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Thanks Zabeard.

I guess I'll hae to see what comes along.

I'll keep updating as things develop
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here are the axles that have flat tops

http://77cj.littlekeylime.com/flatop_knucles.html
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