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Need Opinions!! Custom SFA vs. IFS??

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Need Opinions!! Custom SFA vs. IFS??

So with the 5.0L almost done and the truck already maxed with of the shelf lift options etc. there really isnt much left to do EXCEPT go custom. And since Mallory said I cant get a new truck for at least another couple years due to teh work put in this one im stuck lol. I eventually want the truck about 4-5 inches higher riding on 37x13.50 or 38x14.50. Still no harcore wheeling, mudding, etc. Options ( since im good with math, building, etc)

1. SFA swap using Dana 44, high steer, 3.link, coilovers etc. basically exactly the same as ZABEARD's before the crawler transformation. Also I'm 2wd so i would have to add a Manual transfer case to the 4r70w, no biggie.

2. Custom build a set of upper and lower A arms, shock hoops with Coilovers, convert to heim steering. Similar to the dixon bros or camburg kits but instead of focusing on widening, go for more lift.

Feel free to vote or give me advice and opinions.
 
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SFA.
 
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Hmm hard choice. Either way would be cool but since you don't need 4x4 I say custom IFS. Be different
 
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SFA is your only good choice, its too tall for IFS.

Id say a good D44 swap that in, work out the bugs then get a 4wd trans and make it 4wd.

A good high steer setup on a D44 with a properly built 3 link will work out nicely. IMO
 
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wanting tires that big I would only go with SFA
 
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I have to agree, go with SFA and then convert to 4wd.
 
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well my argument for IFS is, stock frame mounting locations. still use of coilovers. not have to change bolt pattern. maintain abs. plus i know its a bit different but i see plenty of IFS f150's and 1500's on 37's, so i dont think that would be an issue.
 
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SO im guessing SFA it is. IFS would be cool. Cost is prolly around the same. but i can gain 4wd with an SFA.
 
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It's harder on ball joints etc on the IFS, i ran 35's on my Toyota and was constantly replacing wheel bearings, ball-joints, and lug nuts...

I would do SAS and don't look back, if you want to go big, and get stability it's the only way, if you decide to go hardcore wheeling later down the road, ti's easier as well, not to mention you can still retain coils on the front with a SAS and go 4 link...
 
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Camburg!!!
 
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IFS that big would look retarded.
 
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IFS that big would look retarded.
you do realize every f150 and chevy 1500 n dodge are ifs right?
 
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and they are retarted haha
 
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Originally Posted by mlw20lu View Post
you do realize every f150 and chevy 1500 n dodge are ifs right?
All they are is massive diff drop brackets and huge lift knuckles. No very good ride wise unless you spend a ton.

The hardest part of IFS front is that you are going to have to get a 1/2 IFS front end to live up to those tires. I guess you could graft on a GM front end, But you still have to deal with unit bearings and ball joints. And, well its a GM front end....

My vote is for SFA. D44 should be perfect. Parts are super cheap, and easy to replace.
 
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well i agree the 1/2 ton trucks doo look retarded over 37's. when theyhave that huuge drop crossmemebre for the 4wd it does look like crap i 100% agree. however i would just do drop upper and lower a arms keeping th eballjoints etc at stock angles. so that really wouldnt matter. but as far as funcionality and ease of desing and build the sfa would be easier
 
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I think the only way you could do a higher lift with IFS is if you like used the crossmember off an RCD or Superlift and then got longer coilovers and had one of the prerunner companies make you some spindles that were taller the RCD/SL ones.
 
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Originally Posted by mlw20lu View Post
well i agree the 1/2 ton trucks doo look retarded over 37's. when theyhave that huuge drop crossmemebre for the 4wd it does look like crap i 100% agree. however i would just do drop upper and lower a arms keeping th eballjoints etc at stock angles. so that really wouldnt matter. but as far as funcionality and ease of desing and build the sfa would be easier
You would also have to think about steering. That would have to be dropped. But like you said I think in the end it would be easier and look a lot better with a sfa
 
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