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Is it worth it?

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Is it worth it?

I'm looking
 
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Is this a joke or is this thread serious?
 
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S*** sorry computer problems. I was saying is it worth doing an SAS? I've been looking into narrowing a Dana 44, but then I realized I could just slap on a Dana 35 and that would do all I've needed it to do. Then I've been thinking about just getting a Tacoma Trail Gear SAS kit because then I wouldn't have to rebuild an axle or worry about narrowing one. I would have to get custom fabrications no matter what because I'm going with a leaf spring set up.
I plan on just taking my rig up in the woods with my friends to go offroading and whatnot. They have yota's so there's a sense of rivalry between us.
Also I have to go to school, so this would probably be just a weekend project which means it would take a lot of time.
I'm just trying to see if it would even be worth it since I'm leaving next summer anyways.

And yeah I've looked through the forums, and no I have not found anything really telling me whether it was worth it or not.
 
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What is the info on your truck?
 
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Its a 92 regular cab. Just did an engine swap to put in a 4.0L. 5 speed. 4" lift with independant suspension. 31" Trail diggers.
 
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Not with that truck. If your gonna DD a truck i wouldn't SAS it.
I'd also avoid using a D35. Go with something a bit tougher if your gonna get real serious about off-roading.
 
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If you just put a lift on it I would personally run it until it breaks. If/when it does then you could SAS it if you want to. If you read everything in this section you will get a lot of answers.
 
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Yeah that makes sense. It's like my DD/4x4, seeing as how i'm a poor kid haha.
 
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Dude, use a Dana 44 off of a Jeep Wagoneer instead of using the Dana 35. If done properly, you could easily use it as a DD and a 4x4 monster.
 
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There is no reason you can't use a TTB D35 for a long time. Run one till it smokes and move to a D60 there is next to no strength difference in the D44.
 
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I've been using my TTB Dana 35 and its becoming quite a nusance. When I'm out at the mud hole with my friends we noticed that my tires were making some odd wigling movements and when we looked into it I guess I'm missing one of the bushings that goes on my lower control arms. I've got a hookup at a junk yard so I could go in and grab a Dana 44 off of a full size truck. Also my 31's (rather small tires) rub on my lower control arms. I read up and I want to change tire size to 35's or 36's and that would result in me breaking axle shafts and what not. I've been looking into this stuff for a while and after I do a tranny swap, I'm going to get my axles.
 
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