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SAS questions

so... i have read and reread all the posts in the SAS section. i just want to make sure i am not missing anything before i get started.

truck is a 95 4x4, 4.0 ext cab, explorer 8.8, mountaineer front clip, 3" lift front and rear. i am tired of the wheel failure on the front and am gathering parts needed for the SAS.

i have an axle from a 92 cherokee, found the leafs at Summit racing, spring hanger from datin fab(or home fabbed), going rear shackle and SOA, and possibly high steer kit from
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Steering..front shaft..brakes..crossmember...gears?
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going 3.73 gears, i will use the jeep steering or convert to high steer, fab my own front cross member for the leaf springs, jeep brakes(with russell stainless flex hoses), front shaft lengthened

would a 94 grand cherokee front axle be a good candidate? it has the CV type shafts which i can swap over to the u-joint style
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3.73's?!

what size tire are you gonna run?
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265/75/16... truck has 3.27 now and with the tire size 3.73 will bring me back close to OE ratio, it is my daily driver. don't do any offroad or anything just typical sw iowa snow and mud
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really... is there something wrong with ur front susp. (something really serious i suppose) or something like that ? cause doing all that work to have the truck ... stock with an axle... seems just too much to stay basically the same.

but still good luck then might be nice to see how it would look a stock ranger if it would have came with a FSA
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I think the cherokee's have dana 30 axles... you either have a dana 28 or dana 35 TTB now... not gonna be much improvement going to a dana 30 solid axle.

whats wrong with your front end now?

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Old 02-11-2011
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I think the cherokee's have dana 30 axles... you either have a dana 28 or dana 35 TTB now... not gonna be much improvement going to a dana 30 solid axle.

whats wrong with your front end now?
i am tired of replacing/repacking/adjusting wheel bearings every couple of months... the popping when i turn(lift brackets moving)... i have done the wheel bearings to the tee according the ford manual and also the forums way... the tire size can't be causing it as they are only one size over stock.. i have torqued the bolts for the brackets several times, replaced the bushings.....done messing with it! it is time for a new approach
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http://s1085.photobucket.com/albums/j426/emullen65/

finally got some time to get stuff figured out, in between all the stuff at the shop
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Brackets look nice when will you start tearing into the truck?
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Brackets look nice when will you start tearing into the truck?
thanks, hopefully this weekend... depends on if the gang from the shop takes off to missouri for a car show.
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well, it's finally done. been so busy at the shop. about the only issue i am not comfortable with is the steering setup.

i will try and post some picturs tomorrow.
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pictures?
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photos of my SAS

https://picasaweb.google.com/1174427...eat=directlink

all except for high steer bracket, i have to order different leaf springs(drivers side is sagging)


link wont work unless you sign in to google... sorry

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bad link. must see pics.
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pics in my album, photobucket not working and you have to have a google.com sign-in to use picasaweb photo sharing
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Still doesn't work after you sign in.
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got the steering fixed last night, installed a JB4x4 raised steering bracket and lengthened the steering shaft, works fine now. now just have to get the new leaf springs ordered and lift the rear to match
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...tried to post links. they wont work. pics are in my album

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Pics still don't work.
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Pics still don't work.
i know the links don't work, i put the pics in my album
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front hanger

rear hanger

high steer bracket

all done, wrangler d30 up front w/ wagoneer leafs, explorer 8.8 out back w/ ranger leafs and 4.5" block and 2" chevy shackle
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front clip is definitely unique.
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front clip is definitely unique.
yeah... its from a 97 mountaineer i scrapped out for parts. bought the whole truck, pulled the 302 with trans and computer for a future 2wd ranger project, also the bucket seats and rear axle for a 1949 ford f1 project i am doing for my uncle

all for 200.00...
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