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SAS Time

Well i started looking around for parts to do a sas on my truck...Im going to run leafs in the front...i got a hit on a d44 axel so im just wondering where every one got the parts from for doing a sas on there truck...like where i can get shock mounts and spring hangers oh and what springs i should be looking for...any info will be good and any tips also...

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Ok heres the deal i found a 1978 Ford F-150 with a dana 44 front end and a 9" rear end here in troy....now i want to go buy this thing and take the parts off it to use on a sas...what im wanting to know is if any one close would be willing to help strip down the parts i need off the thing that can be saved or used...and if you want maybe come join me on picking this thing up?
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if you use All Pro leaves you can buy their spring hangers, and you can buy shock tabs from them too..

allprooffroad.com
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http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com

also check out www.greatlakes4x4.com, great forums for any info you might need and cool people to wheel with.
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thanx guys...both sites have great stuff...im just wondering is if the leaf springs look good on this truck if i can just use them...its suppose to have lift springs on it....but if i need to buy leafs the ones on the allprooffroad.com web site is all for yotas are thouse what i would need to buy for the truck?
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you should be able to use the old leafs if they look good.

the guy i bought my axle from gave me some 4" lift leafs for a wrangler, they worked out good but my truck is a reg cab 4cyl so its kinda light compared to most rangers.
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What about runnin some new superduty shock mounts (upper)?
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yea i think after reading his sas thread im defently getting the supperduty shock mounts...im just hopeing this guy still has the truck sitting his his yard and he emails me back....i want to see how do the springs look on it...theres suppose to be like 4" of lift higher then the stock 78 f150 leafs...if they look good i think they will work...i mean there on an old f150 but who knows the motor is gone so i have no idea how good they are...
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Here's what I was going to run..

6" All Pro long travel leafs(i got 'em!)
Super Duty shock towers
All Pro hangers
IFS yota steering box
Chevy outers for high steer

All attached to a 82 Waggy D44.
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78 F150's had coil springs
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78 F150's had coil springs
yep, not to mention the c's are cast on to the axle. not a good idea for use with leafs, actually i dont know if its possible to use.
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Matthew, seems to me like you might look to talk to John Griggs about his swap, seeing as you might just get the whole radius arm suspension from the truck.
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you can get most ur parts from broncograveyard.com there a little more expensive but should have all ur parts and in stock
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not to mention Bronco GraveYard is in Detroit, no shipping.
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hmmm i wasent sure if it was coil or leafs...i guess for the price if its coils and if the guy emails me back then i guess i will just run the coils i just need to find the right spring bracket to use on the truck...any one know where to get one...and whats the pros and cons of running the compared to leafs?
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hmm well i guess i may have to put this on the back burner till i can find the right dana 44 axel...it just seems like it will be a pain in the *** to make the axel with the coil springs work on my truck...one of my buddys who restores jeeps is going to keep an eye out for me...hes telling me to just use a dana 30 since my truck really isnt going to go any bigger then 33's....but i think that axel might be to weak...
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well, if your going to run a d30 i have a spare yj axle laying around and i know someone that has a tj axle without the disconnect.

if you ran a tj axle you will need to buy spring perches, you would have to anyways if you plan to go SOA.

you would also be able to keep your stock bolt pattern.
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hmm well i guess i may have to put this on the back burner till i can find the right dana 44 axel...it just seems like it will be a pain in the *** to make the axel with the coil springs work on my truck...one of my buddys who restores jeeps is going to keep an eye out for me...hes telling me to just use a dana 30 since my truck really isnt going to go any bigger then 33's....but i think that axel might be to weak...
Look at johns SAS he used the front suspension out of a F150 to build his.
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yea i seen his build up but i just dont know if i can do this on my own if i get that dana 44 thats my main thing now!
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I have talked to a guy that has done both (leafs and coils) both are not that easy. its not anything that is easy.

The only person that it would be easy to is someone that does it for a living. Otherwise if its easy for you, you are more than likely in the wrong profession.
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yea i think im just going to run a dana 30...found one here in michigan showed daniel the link and he said its the right one...its SOA and every thing...has alot of new parts and stuff on it...just waiting for the guy to email me back...
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if that axle is setup with highsteer like it says its well worth the asking price.

****, if you don't buy it i might haha.
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yep, not to mention the c's are cast on to the axle.
don't think so Beard. My brothers '78 Dana 44 from a Bronco has the press on C's...
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hi you can get everything you need to do leafs on the front i just about finished my sas on my 98 supercab and i am clearing 38s just fine my front axle is from a 70 box broncho i ground the c's off and welded the perch pads on the hardest part was building the rear shakel mounts on the front end
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yea its too late now the guy sold the truck...so im going to do some digging at a grave yard some guys at work where telling me about...if i cant find another 44 im just going to grab a 30...dont plan on doing any hard wheeling in the truck its mainly going to stay street...
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