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My sas build

Truck is a 99 ranger 3.0, doing a 79 f250 44 front and dana 60 rear. Been working on it since last june.
Used Rancho 44044 leafs springs


Used a toyota steering box,



Rear 60 with disc conversion


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Hoping to have it done by next week. Ordered the brake line that i need, which should be showing up wed and i will order today or monday. otherwise she is almost ready.
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Looks good. How far forward did you put the front axle?
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Is is just me or does it look like there is more gap between the lugs on the thornbirds than there used to be.
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Used a toyota steering box,
did you mount your intermediate shaft carrier bearing from the frame?
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Looks good. How far forward did you put the front axle?
I never measured where stock was. I just placed the axle where i wanted it, i would guess about 3'
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did you mount your intermediate shaft carrier bearing from the frame?
Yes, i did mount it to the frame.
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Specs on rear axle please....

What it come out of?
What calipers and rotors did ou use on the rear axle?
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When I did my sas I was told (from several forum members who sas'd) to mount the carrier bearing to the body not the frame because the frame and body will move differently under flex, effectively binding the steering and potentially breaking. Just something to consider. This is how I did mine. This pic is from another member on the forum. I really like the ride height of your truck too.

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X2 -- I did mine that way...
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Specs on rear axle please....

What it come out of?
What calipers and rotors did ou use on the rear axle?
the axle came out of a 75 f250. The caliper mount is from ruffstuff. caliper and rotor are from a75-85 chevy 3/4ton 4x4 front. I have 5.13 gears with spool.
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When I did my sas I was told (from several forum members who sas'd) to mount the carrier bearing to the body not the frame because the frame and body will move differently under flex, effectively binding the steering and potentially breaking. Just something to consider. This is how I did mine. This pic is from another member on the forum. I really like the ride height of your truck too.

I mounted brace to the frame because I belive their should be enough play where it goes threw the body it shouldn't bind. If I have any problems ill just refab it to the body.
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Nice, I plan on using the same axles out of the same era trucks. You're just faster than me lol
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Nice!

I was also going to say the same about the shaft bearing. Im not an SAS expert or anything, but I immediately thought about stress during flex.

But its like you said, if you dont have any problems, then leave it as it is.

Keep us updated on progress!!
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stance is perfect! what size thornbirds? i cant wait to see some action shots. nice job man
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yeah those thornturds look better than I remember
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Love it.

What did you do for brake lines? As far as ABS is concerned?
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Nice work!
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Thanks guys, the tire size is 35x14.5. Couldn't pass the deal up i got on them.
I took the abs out. Going straight from the master cylinder, I know the light will stay on but im ok with that.
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think you could measure the distance from ground to the ends of the frame rails?
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i wonder how the 3L will enjoy turning alll that
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i wonder how the 3L will enjoy turning alll that
5.13 gears not a problem the 2.3l could turn 35's with those 5.13's
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think you could measure the distance from ground to the ends of the frame rails?
Once I get done with it, hoping Thursday I will take them for u. My parts should be showing up Monday or Tuesday and I will be working on her on wed.
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Got her out today. Did a few laps around the block. Everything see to work, got shocks order and they should be here next week. here a few pics




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Got her all washed up after collecting dust for the last 9 months.
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