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i b-leave that u can drop the front hanger down about 2inch....i think zabead did it to his truck
Hmmmm that would be a thought i wanna sas mine so bad but no where to do it nor the tools but i will lol!!! If i where you i would look into buildin those brackets for the rear you look very experianced in fab/welding!
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hmmmm

link the rear haha
sand/mud i would do trac bars but crawlin i have no clue
maybe one big block?
i was gonna try and see if i could make a ladder bar type set up with tubing and the old leave spring shackles....the only problem that might come up is that the gas tank is realy close to the frame on the drivers side
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Good idea would it be possible to mount outside the frame?
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Hmmmm that would be a thought i wanna sas mine so bad but no where to do it nor the tools but i will lol!!! If i where you i would look into buildin those brackets for the rear you look very experianced in fab/welding!
suprisingly it went well...it really pays off if u do ur research...the thing that sucked for me was that shipping took for ever and was very expensive
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Good idea would it be possible to mount outside the frame?
i think i am gona have too if do a ladder bar setup
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Lol well you talked me into it but im gonna do leaves!!! I dont need coils and im not lookin for looks all that much just wanna get rid of the IFS so tomorows chore is to start runnin down an axle and some leaves lol!!!
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i think i am gona have too if do a ladder bar setup
With the way the rest of it turned out i would say you would have no problem makin it work!
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Lol well you talked me into it but im gonna do leaves!!! I dont need coils and im not lookin for looks all that much just wanna get rid of the IFS so tomorows chore is to start runnin down an axle and some leaves lol!!!
lol dont forget the steering box.....how high do want to go?
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With the way the rest of it turned out i would say you would have no problem makin it work!
haha thank you.... i just want some time to drive it before i start workin on it again
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lol dont forget the steering box.....how high do want to go?
I wanna go about 6 inches in the suspension and then get rid of the body lift and then from there if its to short ill add some more leave but i wanna keep the count down for the flex!! So well see i guess i just want sometin with like 35s and beable to tuck them when crawlin!!
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Also what kinda steering box did you use?
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I wanna go about 6 inches in the suspension and then get rid of the body lift and then from there if its to short ill add some more leave but i wanna keep the count down for the flex!! So well see i guess i just want sometin with like 35s and beable to tuck them when crawlin!!
i b-leave mine came out to be about 10inch of suspension so 16 total and 35's are about 2 inch up in the fenderwells
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Also what kinda steering box did you use?
i think it was an 86 toyota pickup....got it from my neighbor for free and the seals were still good
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Nice now i cant wait til summer and im gonna start this!!!
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Nice now i cant wait til summer and im gonna start this!!!
good luck and keep doing research
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good luck and keep doing research
Thanks and i will!!!
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looks good..more pics would be awsome..and how bout some measurements..from like bumper to the ground..front/rear driverside rocker to the ground frame clearance..
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If you stack the blocks for any length of time, weld them together. I had that done (welded original cast block to a steel plate extension -- special rods and preheat/postheat) and it's held up. You need traction bars to fight the wrap though. I did that also.

That looks really great. Nice job!!!
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yeah you need to fix that rear end issue. drop the hangers like i did.

looks good man. i like it. surely you have some bumper steer though. i really like that color blue whatever it is.

overall it looks good, i would recommend getting or making a different intermediate steering shaft though, mine was like that and broke!
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overall it looks good, i would recommend getting or making a different intermediate steering shaft though, mine was like that and broke!
AGREED! Get rid of that Ranger shaft ASAP!

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Man that thing is huge! I love the color up front on the components, looks great. x2 on fixing the stacked blocks and steering shaft.
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Doesnt look bad, but there is a couple things I would address.

Lowering the truck would fix all of them.

Remove the lower block and then go to a smaller lift coil up front. Truck just looks to tall for 35's. But thats obviously my opinion that most on this site dont agree with. Two things in the front end that I noticed are, your upper panhard mount and your steering. The upper mount needs some sort of gusset or fishplate on the outside of the frame. The panhard mount in that location seems to be one of the common problems with SASing something that wasnt intended to be. With it just the way you have it, it has a very high chance of ripping from the frame. A fishplate or gusset on the outside would really help strengthen it. Secondly your steering. You seem to have to much lift for that setup. It appears that the TRE on your pitman arm is extremely close to being maxed out angle wise. Which can lead to some very nasty steering bind.

Lowering the truck to fit the 35's better would infact solve the steering and stack block problems.

I dont want to sound all bad. The rest of it looks pretty good, although Im not a fan of all the painted junk.
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Good points Andrew. I agree on the height. I like them tall but depending on what you are going to do with it. If its for show go tall and big. For wheeling drop that sucker down. sometimes I think mine is TOO tall and I wish it was lower. But I need to clear 37s with stock fenders so for now i have to stick with the height I have.
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looks good i like how you painted all the lift parts blue
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yeah you need to fix that rear end issue. drop the hangers like i did.

looks good man. i like it. surely you have some bumper steer though. i really like that color blue whatever it is.

overall it looks good, i would recommend getting or making a different intermediate steering shaft though, mine was like that and broke!
what kind of shaft did you use?
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