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good stuff!!!
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Looks good! Can't wait to see it finished!
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how is your steering shaft setup going to be?
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how is your steering shaft setup going to be?
it will be the same as if i were to use the E250 shaft. im still connecting to the same point on the truck side with a 3/4" DD - 1" DD universal and im using a new eniversal joint for the toyota box that is splined for yota box - 1"DD. im still going to have to support the shaft because there will still be play in it. the only difference is that the borgeson shaft is splined so installing it will be easier and if i were to ever get in a front end accident the shaft will collapse, when having a shaft that is solid and does not collapse it could potentially punch up and through the steering wheel. personally i was fine using the E250 shaft seeing as how it has been proven it works but considering the dot rules and the cost difference, this was an easier route for me.
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it will be the same as if i were to use the E250 shaft. im still connecting to the same point on the truck side with a 3/4" DD - 1" DD universal and im using a new eniversal joint for the toyota box that is splined for yota box - 1"DD. im still going to have to support the shaft because there will still be play in it. the only difference is that the borgeson shaft is splined so installing it will be easier and if i were to ever get in a front end accident the shaft will collapse, when having a shaft that is solid and does not collapse it could potentially punch up and through the steering wheel. personally i was fine using the E250 shaft seeing as how it has been proven it works but considering the dot rules and the cost difference, this was an easier route for me.
My E250/ranger/yota shaft is collapsable... but Zach made it so I dont know if that was added
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My E250/ranger/yota shaft is collapsable... but Zach made it so I dont know if that was added
hmm, i was using a picture from a older thread and it didnt appear collapsable but like i said it was an older pic. now you got me curious.... you have any pics of your steering shaft?
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also just ordered my wheel adapters today so hopefully the get here sometime next week!
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sure.... here is a couple for ya

the top piece is the stock ranger shaft that goes threw the fire wall with the end modified to fit E250 piece

the bottom is the E250 shaft with the yota box end

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Looks good. I didn't relize that the 250 shaft was splined like that. The pic I was using for reference had some weld on the end that is splined so I simply assumed it didnt collapse. Either way I payed about $50 more for the borgeson parts than the wrecker wanted for the e250 intermediat shaft.
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well its been a little bit since ive posted anything new in here. my wheel adapters came in the other week (thanx trepaul86 for sharing your link you got yours from) and ive gotten pretty much everything else that im gonna need to make this happen. im still trying to decide on what front shocks to run however. i can get basic bilstiens for about $80 a piece, which is hard price to argue with. or i can get some fox remote resi shocks for $200 a piece. i cant decide if i wanna spend the extra coin to have the fox under the truck or just settle for the bilstiens.

the truck is going to get done before the end of the month assuming me and my buddy can get some other projects he has been working on done or at least mostly done in time. currently we are doing a bronco with dana60's front a rear and balistic coil overs. when that is done it will be sitting on 40's so i will be sure to nab some pictures during the build of that too.

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well its been a little bit since ive posted anything new in here. my wheel adapters came in the other week (thanx trepaul86 for sharing your link you got yours from) and ive gotten pretty much everything else that im gonna need to make this happen. im still trying to decide on what front shocks to run however. i can get basic bilstiens for about $80 a piece, which is hard price to argue with. or i can get some fox remote resi shocks for $200 a piece. i cant decide if i wanna spend the extra coin to have the fox under the truck or just settle for the bilstiens.

the truck is going to get done before the end of the month assuming me and my buddy can get some other projects he has been working on done or at least mostly done in time. currently we are doing a bronco with dana60's front a rear and balistic coil overs. when that is done it will be sitting on 40's so i will be sure to nab some pictures during the build of that too.

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The sad thing about the adapters, they'll help you if you're dropping money on them. I've emailed them twice, with a weeks time in between emails... And it's been 3 months since then, and I still have yet to hear back. Their customer service is horrible. I just need replacement bolts for the two pieces that go together. One of mine stripped out. I'm even willing to spend what it takes to get them, cuz I don't know where else to find that bolt. Ugh. So frustrating. But the trucks progress is comin along!
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so new news...

slight change in plans on the leafs im using. my major concern about the mcallister leafs is that they would be too light duty for the rangers, and my buddy finally realized what i was saying and took it upon himself to order me a set of rancho rs44044 leafs at no cost to me so im much happier with the rancho leafs. i got my shocks come in last week. ordered from nick at ORW. 12" travel fox remote resi shock valved for the 4ltr rangers. we spend a good part of today taking measurements for my hanger as well. we are gonna send our measurements to another shop down the street where they are gonna water jet out the hanger out in one piece and take it to a break press and then i can weld my ears in then its ready to go under the truck. on a side not, my front end is getting so bad it not really safe to be on the road anymore so next weekend on the 5th we are starting to cut up the truck. so needless to say im pretty excited lol. more pictures and news to come in the next few days.

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comparing the mcallister leafs to the 44044's. rancho leafs are about an inch shorter and two inches longer
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nice man cant wait to see u taking all the worn stuff off
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nice! finally gona start working on the truck!
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When you say ears for the front hangar.... What exactly do you mean?
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When you say ears for the front hangar.... What exactly do you mean?
i was just referring to the tabs i am welding to my hanger to bolt my leafs up to. i dont really know how to best describe how the hanger is going to look but next week i will get it from the water jetting place and ill take some pictures. its going to fallow this general contour Name:  e02bf75e.jpg
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nice man cant wait to see u taking all the worn stuff off
thanx man im super excited to start cutting away at the truck!
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thanx man im super excited to start cutting away at the truck!
ohhhh me too
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ohhhh me too
start date changed to the 10th :( but its in the books and dave isnt having anyone come into his shop until my trucks done lol. so its a guarantee its going down that weekend.
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its started!

so i wasnt supposed to be able to start until friday but my truck started making a horrible popping noise on my way to work today so i brought it to my friends shop and after checking it over realized that the tie rod end was moving so much neither one of us could believe i was even able to drive it... so we decided to start today! Adrian (BLK02) came by the shop to pick up the superlift and check out my progress. seeing as how ive got a few extra days now to work on it i wasnt really busting my ***** to get to much done but needless to say im far past the point of no return. i got all the ifs crap cut off the frame it just needs to be ground smooth. tomorrow morning im going strait to the shop to grind the frame and start mocking up the front. i might have a few extra helping hands throughout the day so we may pull the box off and get the rear done as well. either way, lots to do and ill be sure to take lots of pics throughout the process.

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adrians lvl II thats getting the superlift!
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those are going to be some nice LII's good luck with the swap!
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Progress so far today.
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need to post more pictures than that...lol

wish I would have had some big jack stands like that to use
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