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Josh's SAS thread

I know i said i wasn't going to do it, but i really like this place and said to hell with it.

Here is the truck whose nickname is D-Ranged. I have owned it since I returned from my 2nd tour in Iraq. I bought it from the original owner... If only he could see it now....

Basically it started as a bone stock 1994 Ranger.




Well, then i got the 4by itch, and decided to do a 6" Skyjacker Class II lift and run 33's




Then that wasn't good enough (why, i dont know, but i wanted it different)

So i decided to go full width, with a Dana 44 I beam suspension from a 93 big bronco and a 9" from a 79 F100 2wd.




I never finished the swap. It was in, but it was not safe to drive, just not good at all. since it wasn't safe, time for ANOTHER rebuild. This time a HP Dana 44 from a 78 Bronco, King Prerunner 2.5 14" coil overs, and a set of 64" leafs out back.



Then I remembered i wasn't a big fan of the 93-97 style front end, soooo i changed it.




Then i added flares, new grille, bumper, winch, and had it painted.





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Well, the truck gets wheeled. And wheeled hard. about 3 months ago i overheated the power steering, the engine, and the clutch, all while being stuck. it took two Jeeps, a winch, a big *** tow strap, and some body damage to get me out

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Then I blew it up. Cracked both heads. Since it was down, i rebuilt the front suspension, reworked the rear a little, and rebuilt the top end of the motor. Took about a month for everything with school and work, but i got it done just in time to drive the 800 miles to Moab, UT.
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Wow that thing is a beast. Awesome pics!!
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Then I was running around 70 on the freeway and the tire blew out. no warning, just all the sudden i had no control and tire chunks were flying everywhere. Almost came face to *** with a Semi, but managed to get it off the road.

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Called AAA, and they came to my rescue...
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And my ol lady made me pose for Facebook
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Since the tires were gone, time for some new ones...
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Once i got the tires on, i noticed that the track bar was moving when i would turn, so i made some gussets out of 3/8" plate and braced the bracket. Much more stable, and no more moving track bar.
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This brings me up to date. There is a lot of work and breakage and blah in between all this, but i just wanted to hit the high notes. Right now i am waiting on my DD Machine doubler kit, auxillary gas tank, and new coils to arrive.
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Wow that thing is a beast. Awesome pics!!
Thanks dude!
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Well, I wasn't sure until I saw your truck, but now I'm sold. I'm going full width, I'm getting 3/4 axles out of a 73-79 Ford (tons of them around here). I debated for a long time whether I should cut them for a custom width. I'm not going to. (getting 3/4 ton axles because I'm doing a motor swap, but that's a later discussion)

Love your truck, makes me very anxious to get started
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Well, I wasn't sure until I saw your truck, but now I'm sold. I'm going full width, I'm getting 3/4 axles out of a 73-79 Ford (tons of them around here). I debated for a long time whether I should cut them for a custom width. I'm not going to. (getting 3/4 ton axles because I'm doing a motor swap, but that's a later discussion)

Love your truck, makes me very anxious to get started
Thanks man!

Yea, I am moving to Kentucky in September, so the setup is staying like this until then.

Once we get back home, its getting torn down again. I am going to a Kingpin 60 up front, 14 bolt out back, LQ4/700R4/NP241/205 for drivetrain.
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wow, like mentioned. that is a beast. looks good too. thought about a bigger engine?
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love the truck, first time looking through the entire buiild thread for the most part lol wish I could afford an sas
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Yea, I am moving to Kentucky in September, so the setup is staying like this until then.

Once we get back home, its getting torn down again. I am going to a Kingpin 60 up front, 14 bolt out back, LQ4/700R4/NP241/205 for drivetrain.

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wow, like mentioned. that is a beast. looks good too. thought about a bigger engine?
Thanks dude! I posted that right before you. I am going ape**** with this thing once it gets back to KY.

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love the truck, first time looking through the entire buiild thread for the most part lol wish I could afford an sas
Thanks man. Save up! There are people that have done it super cheap. But then again, I have seen some IFS trucks that can kick some *** too.
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Hey Josh glad to see you joined here man. I've been following your build on pirate for a while, amd the truck is looking good man. Post some pictures of your crazy lower links.
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Hey Josh glad to see you joined here man. I've been following your build on pirate for a while, amd the truck is looking good man. Post some pictures of your crazy lower links.
Ask and you shall recieve.

Here they are when we were building them




After they were plated.

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Where are you in San Diego? I would love to check this thing out!! Nice build
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I live in Scripps Ranch and work in Point Loma. I'm on Miramar every weekend

Thanks for the complements guys! I just can't wait to get the doubler built
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Oh cool. Do you DD the truck? I live near SDSU in Talemadge. If you know where that is.
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Not really anymore with it being summer. It is my DD other than my Harley. If I don't ride the bike to work, I drive the truck. If i go anywhere on the weekends, its usually in the truck. My ol lady drives it every now and then too.

As far as Talemadge.... I have no flipping clue... lol
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nice to see the chronology compressed into a few posts, i like seeing the progress. Looks good as always, welcome to another ranger forum haha
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Thats an awesome rig u built up , And that terrain u go wheelin at looks Epic
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Thanks dude. I am going to the Rubicon Trail in August... Then its off to KY for good
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thats a mean lookin truck man! I love that with rangers you can change a few body panels and it looks 14 years newer lol.

where did you get that bumper? bought or made?
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bought, but had it made. The guy makes bumpers for explorers and rangers, but nothing for what i got, so i just gave him the measurements, he made the bumper. I had to get it to mate to the frame though.

Thanks for the compliment man!
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Great looking truck! I've seen pics of it before but I never would have guessed it was a '94!
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awesome build, nice to see it being used!
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I have checked your build out on pirate several times

be sure to keep us updated on the new carnage when it happens
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