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'97 XLT Dana 30 SAS

Discussion in 'Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by 2TimingTom, April 30, 2014.

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      Track width will certainly help. Keeping the height as low as possible will also help- I installed a 2" body lift prior to the SAS. My bumpers and sliders were built to that height- undoing the body lift could be done but would require a far amount of work. I would honestly love to have that 2" back. The body lift doesn't effect belly height, but it has moved a couple thousand lbs up by 2" which does effect it tendency to feel tippy. The stiffer springs have helped.

      The forward spring attach points for the rear leaf springs were moved forward. Not sure by how much.
       
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      The belly height answer isn't really a single number, here's what I've got:
      Gas tank skid: 15.5"
      Transfer case skid: 16.5"
      Frame just in front of the leaf spring attachment: 18"
      Frame just in front of transfer case skid: 20.5"
      Sliders: 21.5"

      I took only single measurements where I thought was the lowest point. All measurements are from the passenger side- I'm pretty sure it leans to the driver side- just like every Explorer (even with the 63s).
       
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      Stellar stuff. I appreciate all the numbers. Your truck really is not that tall. Somewhere around 17"- 18" is pretty low considering you are going to be able to run 35s. That is pretty much exactly where I want to be. RuffStuff has a good 63" spring kit. :thumbsup:
       
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      Hi Tom,

      I love the rig! its exactly what I'm working towards.

      Question:
      1. What year F-150 steering box are you using? Was it a direct bolt in or did you have to fab new brackets for it? Pictures would be great if possible.
      2. Could you post pictures of the front trailing arms please? Where they attach to axle and frame - different angles.

      Thanks!
       

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