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i would like to take mine of but it would be a pain.i threw all the bolts and stuff away.so i guess its just gonna stay on.
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Lol same here, I'd have to buy new hardware to replace the 3" longer stuff.
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after the holidays im gonna come up to georgia and meet up with yall.do yall have alot of places to wheel?
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Tellico...and river rock. I think River rock is b/t the 2 of us. Not sure of us.
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Good news, and bad news.

Good news. Elliott brought the MIG over, and I have one side of the bed welded back together.

Bad news. Machine shop hasn't even started on my rotors. Friend Mickey at mild 2 wild is going to sit next to him on monday morning until they are done, he's just as pissed as I am. Also, no u-bolts either, ****er at autozone forgot to bring them. So rotors and u-bolts monday. So now my to-do list looks something like this...

Hook up and plum hydro assist.
Finish welding truckbed together, weld in support bars, and paint.

...and thats all I can do until I get those fawking rotors to assemble my axle, throw it on the truck with those u-bolts...then get the rear custom brake line made. My front brake line will be here next week and I'll bolt those on...get the beadlocks and I can drive the ****er. I hate waiting on parts...

Here's some pics from yesterday.

Welding tabs onto tie-rod...

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The ram...

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Welded the inside of the tabs...

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and painted my diff cover woohoo...

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Did some work on the bed today...

1" square tubing for my bedside supports.

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On the truck...

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Where the tire will sit, and for all of you people who dunno wtf a dovetail is, and think there is not much difference...this picture is for you.

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2 hours later after I had worked out and got back to working on it.

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I still have no idea what dovetailing is.
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Narrowing the rear of the bed so the bedsides angle in from the cab to the tail-gate.

Its 17" narrower in the rear than the front...the pic with the tire is taken straight with the bodyline of the doors and front fenders, to show the angle of the bedsides.
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I kinda like the bed, its different and is accomplishing what you need.
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looks AWSOME Jey..

How far you live away from Knoxville?
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bout 4 hours.

Today I got the tabs welded onto the diff for the hydro assist. Got them painted also. Thats all I got done until the sky opened up pooring *** rain.
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bed looks sick, you gonna put a bumper on it?
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WHya re you Dovetailing it? Did I miss that post?
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WHya re you Dovetailing it?
more clearance if im not missin something
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Sanityaside, yes i'm gonna build a bumper, in the same shape as a roll pan but out of steel with a reciever and d-ring shackles.

EDIT: The dovetail quesiton has been asked and answered many times.
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Thanks man, i'll be sure to come to another meet when its driveable.
hell yah

brenton start plannin lol..


Jey you gunna take it to any other places then Tellico (sp?)
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River rock and gray rock.
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well i just got back from Knoxville TN from a place..im lookin for a website i know they got it..

Its called Winrock they got trails for trucks..

so i thought id ask..how far you were away..i go up there bout every 3 or so months
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Theres a place in TN called Wheelin' in the country. Dunno where in TN it is, but its a huge *** off-road park.
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176 miles of trails for 4 wheelers they got maps for the truck ones..
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Theres a place in TN called Wheelin' in the country. Dunno where in TN it is, but its a huge *** off-road park.

So a feature on that on TRUCKS. That place looks awesome. Has everything there youll ever want, or need!!
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Ok big update LOTS of pics. Rain until noon = no work today.

Hydro assist hoses! 40" and 56" long!



Marine waterproof grease for the CTM's

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Uh oh, what am I doing?

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Rotors, finally...

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Brakes!



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Brake lines!



Complete 31 spline 8.8, disks, 5.13 gears, full carrier detroit, and 6-lug superior chromoly's!

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Moving it under the truck.

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Oh ****! sitting on the rear suspension!

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Driveshaft...will work!

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And the tabs on the diff for the hydro assist I didn't get pictures of the other day.

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Also, FINALLY got shaffer's offroad to call me back about my beadlocks, trail-ready was out-of-stock of the 6-lug centers for their wheels. They said another 4-5 days to make them and about 3 on top of that for shipping. When my front brake lines get here this week. And I'm just getting a 6" extension made to go b/t the rear hardline and the explorer rubber lines. All i'm waiting on now is the FAWKING WHEELS...and shocks, but who needs shocks?
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Tell ya jey, I've been reading this SAS thread since it was first started, every page, every post. I have to tell you the truth, when I first saw what you were planning I was extremely skeptical. But you have dumbfounded me brother. The truck is 95% done and you have completed all the work single handedly. I have to give you my condolences man, This has to be one of the best threads i've ever read. You have provided such indetail pictures and explanations that this, when made into a LONG how to, will help any person out there wanting to do an SAS on their ranger. Great work man, I must say.
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Well thanks Cass. Glad everyone can get something out of this soon to be 30 page long thread. I'll get with a mod when i finish the swap and see if we can't edit it down to a how-to.

Not doing anymore work until this weekend. No time really. Working late to get some xtra christmas money, and by the time i get home its dark. So the only daylight i see outside of work is on the weekends.

So this weekend, hopefully i'll have my front brakeline's in and get my rear extension made. I'll throw the steering back on the truck and hook up the hoses and fill her up with fluid. Throw some grease in the CTM's, synthetic fluid in the front and rear diffs, and fill and blead the brake system. Then continue with the sheet-metal work on the bed. Then all i can do is wait, for my damn wheels.
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