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Daily driver SAS

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Old 12-15-2018
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Daily driver SAS

Okay I know itís been talked about over and over and there are already thousands of posts to look at. Want to do a SAS on my 2000 ranger 4x4 4.0L. Now here is where itís different, itís my bear hunting truck and commuting vehicle. I donít want a lift I donít need 40Ē tires or any of that. I bought two identical rangers for $1200 drove the heck out of them. Took parts off one for the other. Now the front end is junk. Stopped the parts list at $2500. If itís a part in the front end itís junk and needs to be replaced. Figured a SAS was a better route than replacing the whole IFS. I have very good access to a 5 acre field full of jeeps. Any help or links to other post would be appreciated
 
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Old 12-16-2018
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Are you ready to spend at least $2000? Because doing that SAS will likely cost you at least that much by the time you're done. At a minimum. IF you do it right, using quality parts..




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Yes, Iíd rather put the money into a SAS instead of just redoing the factory front end. Itís not a money issue, I want the truck as close to factory height as possible and canít find any information on one that doesnít have a 14Ē lift. Iím not trying to build a rock crawler
 
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Old 12-18-2018
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You're not gonna get stock height out of an SAS. You could set it up to run at nearly full "tuck" where your suspension has nearly all of it's drop left while at ride height, but if you're not "building a rock crawler" then why do an SAS in the first place? I have a hard time believing the truck is worth salvaging at all if the front end replacement parts list reaches anywhere near $2500 - If that's the case, I'd just scrap it.

Post some pictures of the front end parts that need replacing..



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Sas on ranger

Hi, just wondered how ur build might be going. If u started. I'm in the planning stage of mine, when I do start I'll be buying a mig since I'll need to plate frame for steering and I'll be putting coil and shock tower on both sides for an older ranger. I'm also getting a dana 30 from my buddy out of a 95 jeep which has coils but no radius arm so I'll be making some homemade brackets
 
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Sas on ranger

Ya know maybe its cause it's been a few yrs since I did it or maybe it's just me but I don't remember half these issues from my 302 swap. And that was the same truck, my buddy has me looking at f150 coil tower which r much less $$ than the ranger ones, we r looking at ruff country extended radius arms, and maybe 4 in lift coils. I will have to fabricate something for the radius arms to bolt to on the front diff....if all that works out then I can worry about the steering and longer hoses and I didn't realize that I probable need a collar bearing since the shaft will be so long. Did I miss anything.
 
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