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Whats happenen my fellow ranger bro's! I have an RCD lift but its not enough anymore. I was wondering what size gears i would want to do if i were to put a 37 or 38 on this bad boy!! Im tryin to get my ducks in a row for when i under take this project. And any tips to give??
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your gonna want at least a dana 44 and 5.13 gears to run a tire that big
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4.88's. or 5.13's if you dont mind gas. but 4.88's are fine.
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your gonna want at least a dana 44 and 5.13 gears to run a tire that big
He speaks the truth!
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I'll be running a D44 with chromoly shafts and 5.13 axle ratios.
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Yup. D44 with 5.13's and lockers front and rear. You can run a d30 if you don't plan on running any bigger tire than a 35. Anything bigger and you're gonna start snapping shafts and u-joints lol
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I'll be running a D44 with chromoly shafts and 5.13 axle ratios.
same here. running 27s too
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Dang Zach 27s are pretty small for your truck don't ya think?
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should be perfect. LOL
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this next question is to zabeard or anyone else who has taken and completed the task of doind a sas.

can u give me a rough estimate on how much it will cost to do a sas?
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5000 to do it right...

could you do it for less? sure

I like to do everything as best i can and as safe as I can.

Some of my buddies literally have machine shops in their garage. Bridgeports, engine lathes, you name it. This is a big money saver for me. I mean we literally made a steering shaft from scratch to make it work good in my truck.

He also has saved me a ton of money on other things that we jsut made.

Also I work at a machine shop so having parts made is dirt cheap. WaterJets are the best. :)

I still spent 5000 even on the first swap and that was just the front axle.

This swap I am doing now is going to end up costing me roughly the same, jsut this time i bought wheels, tires and I am replacing the rear axle too
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Yeah expect to pay atleast 5k to do it right. You could possibly get by with maybe 3-4k if you do leaf springs, but I know I'll be spending about 2k just in axle parts without wheels, tires, or suspension! (that's 2 D44s with gears, lockers, high steer, and complete rebuilds).
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Yeah expect to pay atleast 5k to do it right. You could possibly get by with maybe 3-4k if you do leaf springs, but I know I'll be spending about 2k just in axle parts without wheels, tires, or suspension! (that's 2 D44s with gears, lockers, high steer, and complete rebuilds).
2 D44's? I wouldnt run a rear D44 under a ranger if thats what your thinking of doing.
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I guess I'm cheap. I figured I could do a sas for under a grand. Hell my 150 only cost me that when I went 1 tons.
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I guess I'm cheap. I figured I could do a sas for under a grand. Hell my 150 only cost me that when I went 1 tons.
what year is your ranger though? 98+ is a bit more with no steering box or coil buckets.
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2 D44's? I wouldnt run a rear D44 under a ranger if thats what your thinking of doing.
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$5k?
Heck, I only got about $3500 in my whole truck
I have about $1000 in my SAS right now, but I still need a few more things-
Regear front axle, rear shocks and a set of 35's
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$5k?
Heck, I only got about $3500 in my whole truck
I have about $1000 in my SAS right now, but I still need a few more things-
Regear front axle, rear shocks and a set of 35's
you have leaf springs a got a D44 that was functional. my D44 and D60 both needed new bearings, brakes, calipers, etc...

once you pay 200 for gears, 1oo for install kit, and maybe a locker thats over 2k total already.

plus you dont need a steering box, steering shaft, coil buckets....
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what year is your ranger though? 98+ is a bit more with no steering box or coil buckets.
99

I could get the box with the axle easy, coil buckets are only a few pieces of 1/4" stock away.

$250 for a d44 with the steering box, coils, RA's panhard, and steering. (already have a 9" just rotting away)
$400 craigslist 35's
$200 in steel

I can make my own DS and mounts, just would need to find the time to do so. Would be neat to see if I could do it. Too bad I'm either paying for ANOTHER tranny rebuild or ditching the ranger altogether.

Now granted it wouldn't be as well done as yours or a few others here. But it would be safe and functional IMHO.
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I could get the box with the axle easy, coil buckets are only a few pieces of 1/4" stock away.

$250 for a d44 with the steering box, coils, RA's panhard, and steering. (already have a 9" just rotting away)
$400 craigslist 35's
$200 in steel

I can make my own DS and mounts, just would need to find the time to do so. Would be neat to see if I could do it. Too bad I'm either paying for ANOTHER tranny rebuild or ditching the ranger altogether.

Now granted it wouldn't be as well done as yours or a few others here. But it would be safe and functional IMHO.
understandable. i am sure mine got so expensive because, the first yota box was junk, i just bought a new one thats 500. I bought a TruTrac for the D30 thats 500. I bought all my long arms, coils, and track bar. that was 1000... it all adds up.
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understandable. i am sure mine got so expensive because, the first yota box was junk, i just bought a new one thats 500. I bought a TruTrac for the D30 thats 500. I bought all my long arms, coils, and track bar. that was 1000... it all adds up.
But it also shows. I dont need purty fab work, it would make my ranger look bad.
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i dont make it look purty on purpose, i just like doing fab work and when i do it i take my time and it turns out good.
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i got less then 400 in daniels sas lol
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i got less then 400 in daniels sas lol
again apples to oranges...

try doing it on your 04 for 400
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i dont make it look purty on purpose, i just like doing fab work and when i do it i take my time and it turns out good.
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