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SAS with Dana 30

I do alittle bit of off roading but was wondering if a dana 30 would work instead of the dana 44. i got around 20 dana 30s i can get. which is the best years to get.
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I do alittle bit of off roading but was wondering if a dana 30 would work instead of the dana 44. i got around 20 dana 30s i can get. which is the best years to get.
yes, they will work. but they arent the strongest. and you want the one that doesnt have the vacuum disconnect on it
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see i only have alittle of off roading and thats why i was wondering. what years and what type should i get them from???
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1990 or newer cherokee, will be your easiest non CAD find.
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how is that d30 working for you??? do you have a build of it??
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Even if you can only find a CAD version of the D30, you can simply pull the vacuum disconnect parts, make a block off plate for the axle, and install a one piece Wrangler right side axle shaft.


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thats alot of effort though lol but thats a possibility too

the d30 works out fine overall, i wont need anything stronger at this point of the life of my truck. if your looking for an easy, and fairly maintenance free 4x4 driveline a solid axle is the way to go, and if you do leaf springs you can keep it really simple, and durrable for all season driving. its just really important to keep it safe, just because you will be a risk to other drivers on the road and your passenger doing any modification like this. if something goes wrong, it will happens fast.. make sure your capable of the project and plan far ahead for all the expenses because its also not a cheap project. i dont reccomend any sas'd vehicle for street but i know if its done correctly you can be safe about it..

https://www.ranger-forums.com/f82/08...1/index21.html

thats my build if you wanna start going through it, there should be enough info there to get you interested, but there are a ton of links on here that helped me get through mine.
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what kind of steering box did you use??? like what year vehicle and kind etc.
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what kind of steering box did you use??? like what year vehicle and kind etc.
There is tons of info on this type of stuff in the suspension section and in the project logs. You need to do some research on your own and decide if it is it is feasible for you to do the swap.
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i was just wondering what kind he used i didnt even see he had a build but now i know what kind he used. 08rangerdan what do you think is a better set up up from leafs or coils??
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coils are best get a 97+ish Cherokee D30. they will be NON-vacuum disconnect with coil buckets and the strongest U-joints.
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I would agree... go with a coil sprung front end... if you're doing a d30..
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Personally I would just start with a D44 or better. I use to see people breaking d30s left and right on the trails with only 33" tires. If you don't need anything strong or off road much I wouldn't go through the trouble.

Coils will ride better if setup right, and generally flex better but it will be a lot more difficult to setup properly. Leafs will be cheaper and easier.
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well i was going to keep my 03 the way it is now and buy another truck that i can beat the heck outta it and do a sas on it.
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Just get a wrangler or a suzuki samurai and you have a lil 4wheeling beast already SAS'd.
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Personally I would just start with a D44 or better. I use to see people breaking d30s left and right on the trails with only 33" tires. If you don't need anything strong or off road much I wouldn't go through the trouble.

Coils will ride better if setup right, and generally flex better but it will be a lot more difficult to setup properly. Leafs will be cheaper and easier.

d44 will be the strongest, but i have seen some d30's go through a lick and keep going. they are not the strongest of things, but if your not crawling, it should be fine otherwise.

as for leaves vs, coils.... leaves will be a lot simpler and straight forward install, but will not ride as well as coils... Coils on the other hand will take a bit more to install and tune in and align. but will yield better performance and articulation.


here is RazorsEDGE sas with a d30 and coils. between this and 08ranger's sas it will give you a chance to see 2 quality builds in 2 differnt styles.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/f82/ra...ges-sas-95650/
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