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Starting my SAS 03 ranger

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Old 09-27-2012
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Starting my SAS 03 ranger

it all started with a silver sas ranger reg bed pic i looked at on here forget his name right now but fell in love with it. now i own an 03 ford ranger 4.0l 5 speed. any who figured i would keep track of my build tho out this form hoping to have all of the parts by this november 2012 and have it done by dec. 2012!!! here is my parts list

axles will be d44 front and rear waggy axles "here they work the best for leaf swap. and have maunel hubs !!!!!!!!! yaaaa

im going to be using a toyota gearbox because supper easy to get ahold of and i have like 4 of them.

LEAFS , have no clue but was thinking of trail gears 4inch hd springs. im always towing and have a dirt bike or two in my truck hoping they will work good????????

them bigest problem i have as of every thing is the stering to the gear box. no clue in hell where to start. any help would be great!!!!!!!!
and i would like to do the front leaf shackles throw the frame like on a toyota. dont no if that will work of not but if not a good way to build a leaf perch for them.

a fter all is seaid and done truck will be a d/d most of the time !!!! im a sucker for snow and mudd but i dont beat my crap either!!!!. and would like to sit on 35's. i m 6 foot and wont it lifted but i dont wont my kids swinging under nieth it like ive sean on here with some sas's.

if any one has some good advice on my build please let me have it.more imput the better, plus it will help it last and be reliable. since ill be taking her to the grave with me!!!! yes i love my ranger!!! andf if any one is in WA state and would like to lend a hand when the building begins. please i could even pay you for the helping hand!!! or get the beer and food bill !!
 
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make sure you dont get a rear D44 that has the offset diff to the passenger side. id almost just recomend staying with a 9in or 8.8.
 
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Agreed, also read up. Almost all your questions have been answered in one build thread or another.
 
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yes, start reading. ive been doing alot of research lately and what works best for steering, or what most people use is a late 80s or early 90s 4runner ifs steering box. it bolts to the frame (frame should be plated).
 
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Also, an 8.8 rear can be just as strong as a 44 and easier to swap in.
 
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Old 09-28-2012
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Originally Posted by 2004xlmiller View Post
yes, start reading. ive been doing alot of research lately and what works best for steering, or what most people use is a late 80s or early 90s 4runner ifs steering box. it bolts to the frame (frame should be plated).
I second that!! When i did mine i read everyones build thread that i could find on this fourm and others, their a lot of really good ideas that will help u do this.
My yota box came from a late yota pckup and i plated my frame with 1/4 plate.
 
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sounds like im on the right track then! haha
 
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hey man i was wondering if you done your sas on your '03 i been wanting to do it on mine. i drive the lifted black one. mines an '02 and there isnt many ppl around here that have lifted ranger so if we could get togather or talk that be legit!
 
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Originally Posted by rmkkayle View Post
Any who figured i would keep track of my build tho out this form hoping to have all of the parts by this november 2012 and have it done by dec. 2012!!! here is my parts list.

Biggest problem i have as of every thing is the steering to the gear box. no clue in hell where to start. any help would be great!!!!!!!!

After all is seaid and done truck will be a d/d most of the time !!!! im a sucker for snow and mudd but i dont beat my crap either!!!!. and would like to sit on 35's. i m 6 foot and wont it lifted but i dont wont my kids swinging under nieth it like ive sean on here with some sas's.

if any one has some good advice on my build please let me have it.more imput the better, plus it will help it last and be reliable. since ill be taking her to the grave with me!!!! yes i love my ranger!!! andf if any one is in WA state and would like to lend a hand when the building begins. please i could even pay you for the helping hand!!! or get the beer and food bill !!
Pictures of the steering please… (my therapist said I should say please )… that is my biggest stickler.
 
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