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so have you got the springs in yet? and how is the steering coming along?
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so have you got the springs in yet? and how is the steering coming along?
I've had the springs for a while, steering haven't touched it, can't till i get the axle hung, the mount the steering box, THEN measure and get it ordered.

I'll post some pics when i get the wheels and tires in, should be bringin the axle home tomorrow since i will probably be done installing/setting up the gears. Chromo axles still haven't shipped yet, they were on backorder go figure and still waiting on spring perches.
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man i hope u write up an end all "how to" on this one. Its been on the back of my mind converting mine to a 4x4 and doing a SAS, but I never knew what was involved. Keep up the good work and good luck!
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Got my first 2 tires and wheels in and mounted today, will post pics tonight...

38x12.50r15 on 15x8 rock crawlers with 3.5" backspacing...
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Here's some pics finally lol

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Practice makes perfect. Bottom 2 are mine lol.



'yota IFS box...

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Mock up of my crossmember so far...

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Leafs if i haven't put up pics of them...

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38!!!!

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i thought we were goin with 39.5s which would be 40s? instead of 38s..either way there awsome..
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lookin good how long till u finish? mine will be done in like 2 to 2 1/2 weeks.
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Naw i decided to go with 38's just to be on the safe side so i'm not pushin the limits of breakage.
EDIT: The tires measure out to 38.25" tall...

How long till i finish? Well my chromoly shafts for the d44 are on backorder until next week. Ordering CTM u-joints tomorrow. Don't even have a rear axle yet and when i get it i'm getting superior shafts and converting it to a semi-floater so i don't have the stupid *** c-clips anymore. I'm shooting to be done before christmas...lol i know i know. It'll be stout as **** when i'm done though so it'll be worth the wait.
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Yeah man you know your stuff! CTM u-joints are freakin bullet-proof. Do it right the first time definitely!
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Here's some pics i'm sure alot of you have been wanting to see...finished installing the 5.13's and spool today and brought it home for some pics.

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awesome dude

how much travel are u expecting to get?
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honestly, fawk if i know. Alot compared to my 1.5" from the crap *** SLA. I am expecting around 8" of lift though. When my shafts and u-joints come in i'll get the axle assembled, weld on the perches and finish my crossmember and get the axle hung so i can see where it will sit.
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Got my beefy-expensive *** CTM u-joints in...just look how huge these bastards are!

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Ok got one perch welded on, the other i'm welding tomorrow (gotta weld to cast, takes a while, gotta use different rod, weld slower etc). Got one leaf spring bolted up. Have the stock tie-rod "sitting" in the location where the tie-rod will go. I have to get risers for the drag link and tie-rod b/c at full lock on the inward turning side the high steer arm is actually slightly lower than the leaf pack. But all is good. Got the BTF diff cover bolted up. And heres some pics.

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Got both perches welded on now, bolted up both leafs and also got my crossmember welded up. Started mawking(spl??) everything up underneath the truck. The drivers side is where it will sit when its bolted up and the hub is only 6" off the ground...its gonna be huge lol.

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looks great jey...

whats the trac width on that axle?
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looks great jey...

whats the trac width on that axle?
wms to wms (wheel mounting surface) is about 59". And my explorer 8.8 is 58".
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sweet that is dang close...

is that the same axle that a 66-77? i think bronco would have? ive been searching for the trac width on that d44.
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jey, you have taken a long time but, elaborate for me.. how does it feel to be so close to this project being done? i mean its gonna be one of the nastier trucks out there, elaborate for us.. tell me your emotions and feelings...


lol looks great my friend.. how long has it taken you so far?
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wow.

you are going to be able to run a very large tire.

next, will be the 5.0 mod
Actually i'm going to whipple the 3.0. I would rather have some power and low gears cuz if i have a 5.0 i'm going to be alot more able to break **** than with my blown 3.0.

"92 Ranger" I'm actually not "that" close to being done, i still have alot to do.

Example, i have to cut, rotate, and re-weld the inner-c's (knuckles) to set the caster and gain clearance for the high-steer arms over the leafs.

I'll be tack-welding the crossmember on tomorrow. Making the mounts for the shackles and hopefully bolting the leafs and axle under the truck soon. Then i can measure the caster for sure and weld the C's back on. Then i gotta find a steering shaft to fit my column ANd the steering box. Get a new pitman arm (wrong style on box). Have custom tie-rod and drag link made.

Then the rear axle. Chromo shafts, detroit locker, 5.13's. BTF diff cover. Alcan custom springs. Possibly some type of double shackle...we'll see.

Tranny crossmember still dunno exactly what i'm gonna do, then get custom driveshaft made.

Want to swap in an NP241OR t-case. (rubicon t-case, SYE, 30 spline output, 4:1 low range). Gotta see if i can and how much for an adapter.
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sweet that is dang close...

is that the same axle that a 66-77? i think bronco would have? ive been searching for the trac width on that d44.
Yes i believe it is the same width. You lookin at doin a SAS with an EB axle or somethin?
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Yes i believe it is the same width. You lookin at doin a SAS with an EB axle or somethin?
i was offered a 71 bronco for about nothing, the owner of the muffler shop was fixing a weld on my exhaust he was admiring my truck, told him what id like to, get SFA under neath it and he said "well my dad has a 71 bronco sitting in the barn, been there for ages" said he has no reason to keep it, well i wasnt planning on doing anthing quite yet. lol but im thinkin i better not pass up the offer. whether i do it or not is a different story, but ill have it if i wanna do it.

that was friday. since then i have been thinking about it non stop. any im thinking the d44 in the front with this:

JD kit modified, into it, idk im still in the thinking process. and honestly i dont know crap about doing this, but i do have the resources and im willing to learn.
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Alot of people use EB axles for SAS rangers the same amount if not more than waggy axles. They are already set-up for radius arms and coils. Instead of leafs like i'm using.
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sweet that is dang close...

is that the same axle that a 66-77? i think bronco would have? ive been searching for the trac width on that d44.
I thought that was about dead on in a sense. I don't have a manual for this truck but the manual for my 98 said the front track width was 1 inch wider than the rear. I don't know how the explorer numbers compare with the ranger but hat hes got going on is gonna look really good.
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yes i have heard alot about it, just never got a trac width from anyone, its not really that important i guess, but i was just wondering. thanks.
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