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01STrunner's Sport Trac D44 SAS/SOA

Discussion in 'Explorer/Ranger Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by 01STrunner, April 24, 2013.

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    1. 01STrunner

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      I'd shop around. Look around and do a lot of research in the SAS registry section here: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=63.

      Your fist decision will have to be whether you want full width (from a 1/2 ton+ truck) or narrow width (Early Bronco or Full SIze Jeeps) axles. You will need a front axle with a drivers side drop to line up with a transfer case. You'll have to swap in one from earlier F150s. (90s era I believe but I dont remember the year range or the tcase model but it's a somewhat common mod for 5.0 AWD guys) I'd suggest starting a thread in the modified 2nd gen forum and you can ask questions and have a specific place to keep track of part numbers and decisions/ideas. That's what I did and it made it a lot easier to go through and get parts.
       
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      honestly... i think this is the route i will go! it sounds more practical for my needs. i mean like i said my truck really is in pretty good shape still. And if the engine last then really it would be perfect. it did great offroading only issue was bottoming out one time and being a little big for a couple of the trails (may have been ATV only trails haha)...

      Would you be up to help me do this? If i get into Indiana State Police, and save up the money during academy i would be ready to do it spring of next year.
       
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      Yup, thought that was you, was with my wife and daughter walking around. Are you going to have it there again this year? Comfortable with it enough to take a highway drive with it?
       
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      I'd love to help but a lot of it is really over my head. I had a buddy that owns a shop line it up and do the steering. I know what you mean but wanting the help. I was in the same boat earlier this year. I wanted to know that it would hold up going down the road at 75mph.
       
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      It's cool that you recognize the truck from the show. I'm not so sure if I'll be headed up there this year or not. I'd love to but I'm not sure if I'll have the weekend free. And yeah I can drive it on the highway no problem. I keep it to about 70 but I could go faster if I didn't care about fuel mileage at all.
       
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      Yea thats my only issue. its kind of my life, family, and friends lifes that are on the line if i EF it up. But yea i think starting in januaryish if i get into the academy i will start a thread start too locate some parts and what not and then go from there.

      You think your buddy would be up for doing another one? I would be willing ot pay obviously, what you think he'd charge. (also sorry for jacking your thread :( )
       
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      He might be willing, I'm not sure but I think theres a few guys on here closer to you that have done a couple SAS's of their own.
       
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      yea ive been emailing a few shops to see what they would charge. I also PM'ed a few guys in michigan to see if theyd be up for the challange.
       
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      I appreciate you pointing that out to me Jerry. I like how simple that thing is, just hard to judge if it would clear my driveshaft and of course it is pouring outside right now so I can't look at mine to see how it would look. That build is ridiculous by the way. I can't imagine getting everything twice over and then just going with rockwells.
       
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      Looks good man, I would actually like to swap my sas/soa, bumpers, winch, sliders, etc from my 97 sport and put it in a sport trac some day.
       
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      Thanks. The longer wheelbase and overhangs kinda hurt but having the bed is great for camping.
       
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      Thats a sweet looking rig. I didn't know a Nissan could look good lol. Crossmember is done and I'll be putting pictures up soon as I can get photo bucket to work with my phone.
       
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      The front driveshaft is finally in!! With the track bar removed and the sway bars disconnected this thing just soaks up ruts and rocks. Also this is the first time I've used Low range since the 4.88s and it is really low compared to the 4.10s! No action shots as it was too cold to get out of the truck a bunch.

      Not the greatest weld but we also went over every weld twice to make sure there were no gaps.

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      How much did they charge you for the driveshaft if you don't mind me asking?
       
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      If I remember correctly $270. Definitely not more than 300
       
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      Damn that's pretty cheap. Was it one off or one made for something else that worked?
       
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      It was full custom. They took measurements, asked what my use of the truck was (mud or rocks, or just looks) and then made it up. A lot of the 4 wheel shops in the upstate use them since they have a great rep, are pretty cheap and usually ship it within a week from ordering. If you look up their website they've done some pretty cool stuff. http://www.carolinadriveline.com
       
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      Can you take a couple good pictures from the front to show how much the wheel/ tires stick out past the fenders and what backspacing on the wheels? I remember their 17x9 just not the b.s..

      I'm doing some measuring to see if the 37's and recentered H1 double beadlocks will be mostly covered by the fenders. Since I'm going to be doing a V8/C6/ manual transfercase swap I'm not worried about the extremely heavy wheels and tires.
       
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      I'll get a better picture tomorrow. I have a couple from when I was showing someone the rear width.

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      Just an FYI Jerry, my brother in law had H1 wheels and 37s on his JK and his D44 was smiling within a few trail rides. It's the reason he bought the D60/D70 (and have since become available to me when he traded for a Civic).
       
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      Thanks man, that would be great. What backspacing do those wheels have? My wheels and tires I have on now stick out further then yours do in that picture. From my measurements that I have so far it looks to be about three or four inches wider than it sits now. Hopefully with the steel tube fender rails I'll be fabricating they'll be covered. If the temps come up I can go out and test fit the H1's with the adapters on the rear and front to get an idea. Do you have a Photobucket album that you could post a link to? I know you have tons of pictures of your build and rig. Just like to see more to research and info to go by and as you know there's only a few SAS'd ST's that are documented.

      Hugh, I pan on trussing the axle and gusseting the C's so I shouldn't have too much trouble with it. I wheel with guys running up to 44's and don't have any issues.
       
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      Jerry,
      Here's a link to my SAS album. I threw in all the ones that I think may help. The ones I tool today for you are a couple of lines down.
      http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/01STrunner/library/SAS

      As far as my wheels, they are Pro Comp Series 98s with 4.25" BS and -19mm offset.

      If you want to text me your email address I created a spreadsheet with all the different parts (name, company, description) that were used. I think that will be extremely useful because it's a lot of things that I didn't think of right up from like which pitman arm to use, etc.
       

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