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Icon10 3 or 4 link Pics.

hey guys I am looking at doing a sas. But i am not sure if i want to go with a 3 link or 4 link. Or just stay with the support arms that come with it. I am still researching but i am looking for some info from guys who have done it already. So please put up your pics and info on why you did it that way.

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3 link with panhard. Not enough room up there for 4-link without going extremely high I think.

Support arms that come with what?
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3 link with panhard. Not enough room up there for 4-link without going extremely high I think.

Support arms that come with what?
The support arms that come with the Dana 44 that i got. it came out of a 79 F150.
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You mean Radius arms?
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You mean Radius arms?
Yes.. Sorry my bad. radius arms.
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Don't waste your time with the Radius arms. They are going to inhibit your flex too much to make a 3 link worth it. 3 link is all about flex. With the stock radius arms, your going to get similar flex as the stock F150. Aka, next to nothing.

I guess you could extend the radius arms, but again, it still will not flex nearly as well as a properly setup 3 link.
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Ok. So were is a good spot to mount the pivot points on the axle. I am looking at putting one of these Blue Torch FabWorks, Inc., and mount the pivot point to that. This way I get my mounting point's as well as diff perfection. So if i go with a 3 link how far back should i mount it to the frame. Also pics would be greatly appreciated.
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I am too lazy to do it. But hit up Beards thread. Its time to do alot, and I mean ALOT of reading. Also look on Pirate4x4.com and read up all you can on designing a 3/4 link system.
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Uhh didnt you just put a superlift on?
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Don't waste your time with the Radius arms. They are going to inhibit your flex too much to make a 3 link worth it. 3 link is all about flex. With the stock radius arms, your going to get similar flex as the stock F150. Aka, next to nothing.

I guess you could extend the radius arms, but again, it still will not flex nearly as well as a properly setup 3 link.

there are some radius arm setups that will flex really well.

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Ok. So were is a good spot to mount the pivot points on the axle. I am looking at putting one of these Blue Torch FabWorks, Inc., and mount the pivot point to that. This way I get my mounting point's as well as diff perfection. So if i go with a 3 link how far back should i mount it to the frame. Also pics would be greatly appreciated.
i wouldnt wast my money but that is your call.
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Uhh didnt you just put a superlift on?
Ya i did. I am not happy with it to tell you the truth. I have tightened everything four or five times, And stuff is still rattling, like the sway bar end links i can not tighten those to stop rattling to save my life. I have hit the trails a few times now and I keep getting hung up on the torsion bar drop brackets. So i am looking at doing a SAS. not anytime soon but with in the next year and a half.

Quick question for you beard. How high is your truck now that you put that 3 link in there.

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frame under the door is 25" from the ground
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I've got what is equivalent to a 6" suspension and 3" bod lift on my ranger with a sas running 37's... I can stuff the 37 into the fender well no problems, it flexs fine! But would do a link set up if I was to build one and had to welding skills etc
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frame under the door is 25" from the ground
Wow. Is that the hight you were looking for when you started the 3 link, or did you just want the 3 link.
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Ya i did. I am not happy with it to tell you the truth. I have tightened everything four or five times, And stuff is still rattling, like the sway bar end links i can not tighten those to stop rattling to save my life. I have hit the trails a few times now and I keep getting hung up on the torsion bar drop brackets. So i am looking at doing a SAS. not anytime soon but with in the next year and a half.

Quick question for you beard. How high is your truck now that you put that 3 link in there.
And its not going to rattle when you sas it? I would think it would be worse. Dont like the torsion bar setup then do coil overs.
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And its not going to rattle when you sas it? I would think it would be worse. Dont like the torsion bar setup then do coil overs.
Its not the truck that rattles its the kit its self. Its almost like i can not tighten it enough.
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I have a thread with a lot of pics on how I did mine. Here's a link:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...p-started.html

By the way, this site does have a search function...
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I have a thread with a lot of pics on how I did mine. Here's a link:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...p-started.html

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Thanks for the link.
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