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Old 02-22-2011
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Looks great!

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I thought i knew where this thread was going, but I guess I was wrong...

It looks like its too tall to get out of the garage. Now that would be hilarious.
If my Ranger will fit in the garage without problems then his definitely will lol.
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She looks just right. I love the width, looks like it came from the factory! I hope I can find me a EB D44 when I go to SAS.

So install looked simple enough, how was steering setup?
Mocking up the steering right now using 3/4 heim joints. I might have to get a track bar riser bracket just to get the drag link and track bar at the same angle.
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Ordered front drive line today from Arizona drive line. The drive line I will be running is a long travel high angle CV style. The drive line should be here in a week.
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Here is the steering I will definitely need a tack bar riser bracket. I ordered the bracket from Duff today.
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nice man. did you do any up grades to the eb axle? chromolly axles or anything?
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Man, this looks a lot simpler than a lot of the SAS threads... maybe because the discussion and questions were left out of it, haha. Either way, sweet set up, truck looks bad *** man.
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Thats exactly what i was thinking looking at the pics.

I didnt even know anybody made kits for a ranger.
the older coil suspension ones are similar to the early bronks. it's a bronco kit that just happens to fit a ranger.
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nice man. did you do any up grades to the eb axle? chromolly axles or anything?
I have upgraded the front shafts with chromolly & 760 u joints.
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eff'n cool man, you'll love the JD eb long travel arms. I've wheeled them on Broncos and they're way nicer than the stock radius arms that came on my '67. As for the rear springs, might just want to skip the the JD 4 link...


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the older coil suspension ones are similar to the early bronks. it's a bronco kit that just happens to fit a ranger.
Yeah if you think about it the TTBs are very similar to solid axles so it's just a matter of upping sizes of everything.
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Got track bar riser installed the drag link and track bar are at exact angles. Check out the pictures I had to snap shots above and below the drag link just to get a picture showing the track bar and drag link. Also got the front drive line installed. I am still waiting for my brake line adapters. Hopefully it will be on the road in the next week or two.
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nice man. if you dont mind me asking how much do you have into this sas?
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nice man. if you dont mind me asking how much do you have into this sas?
Way more than the truck is worth. Just a ball park figure with everything including shipping costs on parts probably around 5500.00 and still counting maybe more.
( radius arms , coil buckets, coils, lower coil retainers, C caps, C bushings, shackles,wheels, tires, hiem joints, tubing, axles, gears, rear locker, track bar bracket, brake lines, front drive line) I still need shocks and a rear drive line. It might seem like a lot of money but I refuse to use junk yard CRAP like others I have seen. Anyone can build a FRANKENSTEIN by slapping a bunch of crap together.

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Lookin slick man. Love the JD blue, always been a fan. Someday I hope to do the same with my Mazda B4000.

That trac bar bracket wouldn't happen to be that new one supposedly in development that is supposed to be coupled with their new RBV/EB coil buckets would it? Whats the part number on that bad boy?

Or is it one of the older ones listed here: http://www.jamesduff.com/eb/traction...abilizers.html

Keep up the CLEAN work, just how I'd do it. Not a fan of junkyard parts builds either (though sometimes those parts are cheap and can be redeemed with a good coat of paint and little to no modification).
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Lookin slick man. Love the JD blue, always been a fan. Someday I hope to do the same with my Mazda B4000.

That trac bar bracket wouldn't happen to be that new one supposedly in development that is supposed to be coupled with their new RBV/EB coil buckets would it? Whats the part number on that bad boy?

Or is it one of the older ones listed here: http://www.jamesduff.com/eb/traction...abilizers.html

Keep up the CLEAN work, just how I'd do it. Not a fan of junkyard parts builds either (though sometimes those parts are cheap and can be redeemed with a good coat of paint and little to no modification).
Yes I have one of the prototype track bar brackets James Duff will offer with the sas kit. I am one of the lucky ones that get to test the track bar bracket. I should have the truck back on the road this weekend if my front shocks show up I've been waiting 2 weeks. I need to start wheeling it and get the new gears broke in before the MOAB Easter jeep safari fingers crossed.
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I look forward to the verdict on that trac bar. Hopefully they will start mass producing it shortly. Makes my SAS that much simpler/easier.
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that truck looks awesome ith that sas! i was wondering if you could get me some measurments on that truck. from the top of the roof to the ground, bottom of the rocker to the ground, and top of the bed to the ground and from the top of the wheel to the center of the fenders. if you could get these for me that would be awesome. thanks - Dustin
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93gpt,

I LIKE IT ! Will it fit the 2001 and up ?

Do you have a list of the parts ?

Would be interesting to see what parts and what they cost and compare the 4-link to the radius arms suspension.

Me I like the 4-link but think I would stay with the radius arms.

Also, do you know the width of the D44 ball joint to ball joint ?

Thks ahead of time for the info, this is interesting.

Now I need to figure if it will fit an 03 short bed.

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^^^ this "kit" will not fit 98+ rangers its for the 97 and down trucks.


that 4 link set up talked about on the other page is for the rear of the truck
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that truck looks awesome ith that sas! i was wondering if you could get me some measurments on that truck. from the top of the roof to the ground, bottom of the rocker to the ground, and top of the bed to the ground and from the top of the wheel to the center of the fenders. if you could get these for me that would be awesome. thanks - Dustin
Roof 78 inches Rocker 27 1//2 inches Bed 56 1/2 inches Front wheel well 11 inches top of tire to fender Rear wheel well 12 inches top of tire to fender
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thanks 93gpt, your the man!
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That would be sweet if that SAS Kit fit the newer trucks.

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D44 width ball joint to ball joint?! I thought D44s were on ujoints
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D44 width ball joint to ball joint?! I thought D44s were on ujoints
Help me on this, what are the things that hold the knuckles called ?

Also, in your opinion, what are "U-Joints” ?
U-Joints to me are the flexible links in the driveshaft and have nothinig to do with the Knuckles on the Axle Tubes but are part of the Axle shafts...
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^^^ this "kit" will not fit 98+ rangers its for the 97 and down trucks.
OK but that $ucks, why doesn’t something like this come up for the later models ?

[QUOTE=Downey;1832869that 4 link set up talked about on the other page is for the rear of the truck[/QUOTE]

Ok on the rear 4-link, my 82 Scrambler has 4-link front and rea and just thought front. thks.

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