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Radius Arms or 3 Link?

Old 03-05-2012
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Radius Arms or 3 Link?

Just wondering, what makes you all decide what your going to go with when you do your SAS on the rangers.

3 link, Radius Arms, Heim Joints vs Bushings, etc etc.

Does the 3 link allow for better handling on road and better flex offroad or what?

I notice alot on here when they go with coils go with a 3 link or long arms, but I remember Badkarma's was coils with radius arms and bushings. Just wanted to get some thoughts on it all and some real world opinions for the ranger sas.

Old 03-07-2012
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3 link if your gunna wheel it. just throw a sway bar on it for the road
Old 03-07-2012
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When I get to the SAS (when is up in the air for me) I will be using Radius Arms, why, because it is easier to install with Coil Springs and a couple of frame brackets. There are Coil-Overs too, the same R-Arms but different Spring/Shock setup and mounting.
They will be ⅜ DOM with a “Y” at the axle to stop twisting (seen these somewhere on this site), that appear to me to be the best way to go.
I have seen trucks with the Radius Arm setups run off road and they go where any of the trucks go (not buggies), so why pay extra for a multi-point Arm setup when Radius Arms and Coil-Overs will do.

Also, there is a process of cutting the Radius Arm and pinning it so it can be unpinned and allowed to flex, this process will allow the radius to flex a lot more. It is called Wristing the Radius Arm but I am not sure if it is one or two Arms that get the cut.

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Old 01-08-2013
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I'm also interested in hearing other peoples opinions on this subject. Specifically the guys that have already have these set ups. This will be my first big fab job to my truck. And all the angles and what not I've read about can get pretty confusing.
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