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So the time has come

i can get 2 axles from an old conversion van for free, the rear is a D60, i didnt look to close at the front, D60 or D44 im guessing.

but since i can get them free, and i keep breaking CV shafts which is pissing me off, i have decided im going to get my *** in gear and get this a rolling 2wd SFA truck for hopefully under a grand. (maybe) haha

Anyways, my main question here is, can i use ranger leaves for the front? if not i'll use waggy leaves but i like the flexibility of ranger leaves. im just looking for opinions really, not a speech... my only concern is that they may be too "flexy"

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My bossman uses Ranger leafs on the front of his crawler, they flex out dang good. Id suggest a 3 or 4 leaf pack.
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yea i love the flex in the rear thats why i want to do it.. if i have to trailer it behind a uhaul to get it home because its squirrley on the highway.. so be it
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Heres the front of his crawler. 3 leaf Ranger packs...
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it would be something new but i think i like the coil look better
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do coils...

most of the people with leaf spring setup wish they went coils or coil overs. at least the ranger guys.
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do coil overs!
or hyrdos... then you dont have to flex by driving up stuff.. just lift the tire up there haha
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I used F-150 coils in mine. Very smooth.

However, by the time I was done with this and that, I'm well over $1000 even though I didn't pay a dime for the axle -- it was free. But stuff adds up after awhile and if you have to buy a welder to get the job done even more so, lol.
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if ya want coils from a f150 i think i have some layin around
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wanna send em up free of charge?
or if i pay shipping?

im trying to get this a driving 2wd truck at the bare minimum, i have seen some crazy flex with leaves.

i have access to a heated shop, no lifts though
a 220v Stick welder and a friend who did the whole SAS on his yoda by him self.

my plan was to get the axle under it and if it has 4.10s in it hook up the 4wd via square front drive shaft dont give me **** about it unless you've seen one in action and still dont like it, i iike that you cant destroy them, you can lay the truck onto it and it will just grind away at the rock.. with and a spool in the rear, one of the generous members on here said he would buy me a spool if i got my *** in gear.. then when i got home i was going to swap All Pro LT leaves in and do the gears/locker up front

i dont want to do coils now, because then i would have to 3/4 link it.. and that just takes even more time and money

plus i like having the ability to beat the living **** out of the leaves and have them take even more
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i will probably end up skipping coils and going straight to coil overs or possible air shocks
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talk to 2002FX4 he is going to coils.. he might have a bunch of parts for ya
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Heres the front of his crawler. 3 leaf Ranger packs...
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talk to 2002FX4 he is going to coils.. he might have a bunch of parts for ya
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so anyone else?
yay or ney on ranger leaves?
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can you get them cheap or what? gunna run chevys in the rear and the stockers in the front?
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if ya want coils from a f150 i think i have some layin around
Mine were 4" lift coils. My donor truck had been lifted. Stock coils won't be long enough.

Stock coils are about 13" long. 4" lift coils about 17" long.
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what size wheels? what size brakes? what lug? if its 8 lug i doubt you can get 15" wheels to work unless you use chevy calipers
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if at all possible i want to keep my 15" tires so i can save there..


next question. will it be possible to get away with not running high steer right away?

i know im kinda being cheap but yall have NO idea how much this truck is pissing me off being IFS and spitting out CV shafts faster then they get shipped in...
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can you get them cheap or what? gunna run chevys in the rear and the stockers in the front?

either stockers f/r
Stockers rear Waggys front
63s back stockers front
63s back Waggys front

or just go ahead and get All Pro leaves up front..

idk yet
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If you get leaves your wasting money. Zabeard & N3elz are proof that leaves are a complete waste of time. Do it right the first time, saves you money.
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lots less things to go wrong and fail on the trail, an idiot can get them on and working plus with the all pro leaves i will be able to out flex a number of guys on coils..

you can beat and beat on them.. like i said i dont have a huge budget.. coils means 4 linking the beast to do it right and all that jazz..
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anyone have helpful advice... like does anyone know if i'll be able to use the linkage off the truck and not have to do high steer?



i dont want to hear leaves are a bad idea and im wasting money and time.. leaves can take a hell of alot of abuse..
and they're not that expensive
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just run an extended Ford Radius arm suspesion. You could canabalize a junkyard truck for the parts and it could be done for cheap. And it will have more then enough flex.
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use the steering it has and buy a new drag link with the proper heims or TREs on it for the steering box.

dont skimp on the steering shaft.
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