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1998 Sport D-44 SAS Complete!!!

Discussion in 'Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by Skunk, March 5, 2003.


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    1. Skunk

      Skunk 2/1974-4/2015 RIP Elite In Memoriam

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      OH really??... last time I checked, you still have yet to prove yourself.....
       
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      Get on Farragut Road, going from Coney Island Ave headed toward Flatbush Ave...cross Ocean Ave doing a decent speed- I got about 2 feet of air crossing that intersection one time!! :D
       
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      if you want the truck to ride better through the city, and don't plan on being on the trails every weekend, leave the IFS, the reason car companies use IFS is the nicer rider over the SFA, just my .002
       
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      Honestly, I like the stiff ride that the leafs will give.

      I think a smooth ride should be reserved for Lincolns...if I wanted a car I woulda bought a car.

      I know I got taken in when I bought this thing because of the AWD and IFS, but I had plans to modify it before I even bought it.

      I just didn't think I'd have to break out a sawzall to get it done! :(

      I welcome the stiff ride and personally think in the street the leaf sprung SFA will hold up better than the IFS. Now whether or not the frame will take the abuse is another story, but I think it'll hold up.

      It was either do the SAS or start putting money into the IFS...I'd rather take my chances with the SAS.

      A Truck should ride like a Truck. :D

      I know you guys may have more experience at this, but I've driven pickups and trucks and I still prefer the rough ride over a car.
       
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      All I know is that driving our F-250 4x4 off-road through Brooklyn was great. It made for a fun driving experience. People just moved and potholes didnt matter at all.
       
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      4 less bushings to wear out!

      2 for the upper arm, 2 for the lower arm...that equals 8.


      only 4 for the leafs! :D
       
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      Spas It's all Jack's fault Elite Explorer

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      Something else to consider when doing a SAS....this garage has 6'11" clearance :eek:

      (Who? Me? Have too much time on my hands? Now why would I suggest something like driving a huge explorer into a parking garage?! :D )
       

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      Spas It's all Jack's fault Elite Explorer

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      Check out Chris's bling bling blue neons :D :D :D
       

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      Or you could pour some dough into a coilover sas which would probably ride better than a T-bar ifs setup, espically with some extra meat between the rim and the asphalt.
       
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      She flexs pretty good!!!
       

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      Climbs pretty good too!!!
       

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      Did you swap the knuckles or are you running 6-on-5.5 on the front?
       

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      no.. still running 2 different lug patterns, need to get adaptors for the rear soon, really tired of luggin 2 full size 35" spares around in the back of the truck, gets to be a bit too top heavy.
       
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      Geez, sometimes I ought to check my math...:rolleyes:

      Still 8 bushings, but since I've never in my life had to change bushings in a leaf suspension- hell it equals 0!

      By any chance did you locate any closeups of the spring hangers?

      I got leafs, RE1454 4.5" Extreme Duty YJ Front Spring - 4.5" Extreme-duty leaf spring YJ front 5 leaf w/2 added leafs, totaling 7...I think they'll hold up.

      I'm starting to fabricate (in my head) the front suspension design so I can purchase the raw materials...any info you could shoot this way'd be appreciated.

      I like the sq. tube up front and I'm figuring on doing that with mine.

      What gauge did you use? 4" x 4" x 1/4"?

      What did you use in the rear?
       
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      Oh, the Flex! lol
       

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      That's beautiful! Gotta love those leafs!:D
       
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      Yeah, maybe if we get enough of these things leaf sprung we can start a movement!

      Who wants a truck that rides like a car anyway!
       
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      I don't know about 2nd Gens but my wife thinks ours rides better with the SAS and leafs. I feel a little bit more of the road, but yes it's a truck and I like the ride of a truck.
       
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      What SOA perches did you use on the front axle and where did you get them?

      I ordered the perches for the rear...but the place I ordered from says theirs doesn't take into account the fact that the drivers side perch is integrated with the pumpkin cast...

      One more- the square tube up front...what is it?

      I was figuring to use a 4x4x1/4...I don't know much about the types of available steel, but I'm assuming the square tube is seamed?? Right?

      Do they make square DOM?

      Ok, well 3 questions...but they're all related! :(

      Excuse my stupidity in this area...

      Thanks!
       
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      I went looking for 5-on-4.5 to 6-on5.5 adapters...the place I called after searching the Net said they aren't made because they'd have to be 2 piece design.

      The 6th lug kills it, in terms of centering the pattern.

      Then again if you know where to get a 1 piece stout adapter- educate me! :D

      Then I won't have to swap the knuckles.
       
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      isnt the dana 44 a 5 on 5.5 and not a 6 on 5.5. I know Rick has a one piece adapter or at least I am pretty sure
      Gary
       
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      The Waggy front Dana 44s are 6 on 5.5. The Ford Dana 44s from the EB and F150s are 5 on 5.5. The only difference is the knuckles out. Somebody had to be different. Rick's adapters are one piece but he only had to convert to 5 on 5.5.
       
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      well thats good to know which mean I know just slightly more than nothing now. Thanks
      Gary
       
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      Question...

      Where'd you get your SOA perches for the Waggy Axle?

      I called two places and they said they had perches, but didn't even know what I was talking about when I told them the Drivers side was integrated with the pumpkin...

      I already got the longer anti-wrap perches for the rear.

      BTW- Jeffs Bronco Graveyard quoted me $810 for everything needed to change over to 5-on-5.5...some new, some used parts...I'm tempted to go buy the F-150 axle for $500.

      Thanks...
       

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