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Ya i did, moved the front axle forward about 3 inches. When the springs compress at the shackle in the rear of the springs, the wheels will uptravel rearward.

O and thanks christian .

EDIT: My approach angle is 65*.
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dude i know youve posted this before but what is thw wms to wms of your d44??
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61 inches.
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and what is stock??

haha im lazy...
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My 8.8 is 58
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I'm ordering my detroit, superior 6-lug shafts tomorrow.

Thinking about picking up some chevy leafs and an AAL.
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i highly suggest you do jey, or i will stomp your rti score when im ready...
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I'm not building a ramp rig, gil.

But yes, i'm going to hit-up the local JY tomorrow.
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i am.

Ill trailer it to any rti ramp in the state, unload it, ramp it, reload it, get my trophy and go home.

you watch, best rti rig in the country...
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Things i purchased/ordered today.

Stock ranger shackles for the front leafs.
63" chevy springs with shackles for the rear.
4runner steering shaft so i can make mine.
Full Detroit for the 8.8.
Superior chromo shafts with 6x5.5 flange.
Steering box isn't finished, and my PSC ram didn't come in either.
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yeah dude thats alot of money that you just spent but well worth it..

this question might of already came up..but theres 17 pages of stuff...what all did you cut out up front?
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Everything except the fram rails and the diffmounts that are part of the motor mounts.
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I've got pics of the JY stuff i bought today, but my phone is being gay, as soon as it stops takin it in the butt, i'll post them up.

The chevy springs are fawkin huge.
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what did you expect? lol

63" is over 5ft!
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I know, they make my old waggy springs look pu-ssy lol.
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What are you going to do with the chevy springs? And what did they come off of?
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prolly came off of a chevy. haha no that 1/4 elliptical setup it pimpin. if i could figure out the geometry i would go for it. but alas, not exactly a math major here.
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Haha obviously! the 1/4 elliptical is cool, but is the only advantage of it the fact that the springs don't wear out as quickly? The way he designed that new shackle was very cool!
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so your running in the rear, stock ranger shackles, chevy springs, and a exploder axle?

how much are the chevy springs gunna give you, like ive seen other people using them how much lift do they give?
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The chevy springs are going on the rear. If you search on here and on off-roadrangers a couple people have done it. All i have to do is push the front hanger so the rear holes line up with the front ones on the frame, then drill 2 more per side. I'm also going to flip the shackle hanger in the rear to get some more lift, and then probably an add-a-leaf. These chevies are soooooofffffttttt.

I pulled out the too-short 2" shackles and threw in the JY shackles off a (ironically) mazda. Since i farked my stock ones up lol. It sits about 4" taller than when it had the 2" on there wrapped back onto the frame.

Chevies vs. Waggies

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Yota steering shaft and shackles.

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Random, before the ranger shackles.

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You can kind of see how they wrapped back to the frame.



And at ride height front and rear with the 4.5" shackles.

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so your running in the rear, stock ranger shackles, chevy springs, and a exploder axle?

how much are the chevy springs gunna give you, like ive seen other people using them how much lift do they give?
No chevy springs, and chevy shackles, and explorer sport-trac axle. You were close.

About 2-3" depending on the spring. Then flip shackle hanger about 2". So thats only 4-5". Add-a-leaf will gimme another 2-3" to set me up to 6-7" to meet the front. It might still sag a little in the rear but the front springs are brand fawkin new and will settle down after some use.
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Jey

If you can PM me where you got your steering shaft, front driveshaft, and what shocks you're running (length/stroke) I'd appreciate it.

I guess I'm going to jump on this bandwagon and start building a Dana 44.

Gildo, what width is your front axle, and what year Bronco did it come off of? I'd like to keep a narrow track width without having to cut the axle. But...if I can't find one, so be it.

I'm probably going to run 35" or 37" MT/Rs.

Also, if anyone else is interested in Solid Axle Swaps, I will be able to make all the bracketry for 98-00 models once I make mine.

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Gildo, what width is your front axle, and what year Bronco did it come off of? I'd like to keep a narrow track width without having to cut the axle. But...if I can't find one, so be it.
the width of my d44 and ford 9 inch are 65 inches WMS to WMS. the seller says it came off a 78 bronco but the faded chalk on the differential of the d44 says 79, although they are identical. From what jey says, the stck WMS to WMS is 58 inches which equals to roughly 3.5 inches wider per side. I think thats perfect and well worth it for the added stability of the full width axles...

EDIT: also, its a high pinion. how can you complain with that?!
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the chevy spring will flex! most guys run them on blazers like mine and cut the fenders out cause they are so soft and flex great! looks good man nice job
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the width of my d44 and ford 9 inch are 65 inches WMS to WMS. the seller says it came off a 78 bronco but the faded chalk on the differential of the d44 says 79, although they are identical. From what jey says, the stck WMS to WMS is 58 inches which equals to roughly 3.5 inches wider per side. I think thats perfect and well worth it for the added stability of the full width axles...

EDIT: also, its a high pinion. how can you complain with that?!
How are you going to get your Speedometer to work with that 9"? I thought our Rangers had an internal VSS in the differential. What about Parking Brake?
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