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Dana 44 and 3 link install

Discussion in 'Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by Michael, November 11, 2005.

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  1. Michael

    Michael Moderator Emeritus

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    Thanks for the compliments guys, I am very happy with the way it turned out. Better than I could have imagined.

    SticO - I dont know about paint. I was thinking some steel wool and WD 40 to polish it up, you know, for a little bling :D

    Froader - I'll grab you some pics of the cross member later today. They did a nice job on it.

    j602 - Bumper tubing is, I believe, 1.75" .120 wall DOM

    410 - The grill is staying, but I may have to trim it more if it causes problems with reaching the plug on the side or the lever.
     
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  3. Kris Guilbeaux

    Kris Guilbeaux Elite Demon Secretary Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Careful when you drive down to Texas for the Hoildays.. You mihgt end up with Rust.. LOL


     
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    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    ...or no top. Just stay away from Brian's house... :D
     
  5. Stic-o

    Stic-o Elite Movie Star Elite Explorer

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    Just spray some clear laquer on it. That what I did for my skid plate. It's doing well :thumbsup:
     
  6. Michael

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    Good idea. I don't usually go for shiny stuff, but I like the way this looks.

    Sorry Kris, but due to my work schedule and other things I am flying to TX for the holidays. You'll just have to come here or to Moab to see it in person and drive it.

    Froader: The crossmember. They cut off the lip on the front and added the gusset you see. They also plated on both sides to strengthen it. If you want other angles let me know.
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    RockRanger: I got a few of the rear upper link mount for you.
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  7. FROADER

    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Thank you sir, that pic does me just fine. :thumbsup:
    I'll sneak a peak of it at TH in Feb anyway.
     
  8. Kris Guilbeaux

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    Dont Worry I will be there if it Kills me. Moab is a go this year.. I plan to Ride a trail with you shot gun. I wanna Take picture of my old beast in action at Moab.

    Got any full shots of the complete truck since the SAS




     
  9. SVO

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    That is just badass Michael I sure would like to see some other close up shots of some of the mounting points and so forth.

    Edit: as I posted this you posted the pics I needed, THANX! ;)


    BTW, am I detecting that you are possibly going to get some air time with this thing? :eek:
     

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    did this explorer used to be a 2wd ?
     
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    Yes it did used to be 2wd, Kris converted it.





    Jeff - :navajo:
     
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    sweet...
     
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    I'll grab some pics of all the mounts for you tomorrow, if you need others. Air time may possibly happen ;) , but the truck is not built as a jumper. Without a serious truss the Dana 44 isn't up to landing a 4600lbs truck. Mainly the airbumps are a progressive, tunable way to control the small amount of uptravel that I have. Instead of suddenly bottoming out on a rubber or poly bumpstop, these get progressively stiffer until the end. Plus they look really cool :smoke: .

    JS91X - Like Jeff said it was a 2wd and an automatic. Kris changed it over to a 4wd 5spd. Most likely I will be going back to an automatic in the future.
     
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    Which auto? hehehe 4r70w?
    Why stop now?
    hahaha

    I wanna see the flex!
     
  15. Kris Guilbeaux

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    This Explorer has been though more swaps then you can count.

    Brian Green Owned it orianally was 2wd, He lowered it First, then Lifted it 6", then lifted more 10.5", Then I bought it, Lowered it to 8" and converted to 4x4, then the auto went for the third time and swapped for a 5-speed, Then I sold it to Micheal, who now swaped the front for a Solid Axle. so far I have counted 5 different Front Suspentions in this Explorer since it was made..

    I am sure its not the end for this Explorer
     
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    I want to know when it got the stripes?? :)
     
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    Nope, C4/5. I don't have the patience to deal with a computer controlled trans much less putting it in. I'll have the C4 built with a reverse manual valve body, basicly a manual w/o a clutch to fool with. And the Atlas bolts right up ;) .

    Flex is coming, patience Grasshopper.
     
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    awesome choice.
    Withthe C4 behind the 4.0L you can always also go 5.0L

    You can use a GT-40 5.0L from an explorer donor and drop in a distributor, run the older EEC-IV computer and simple EFI wiring.

    The reverse manual C4 is the hot setup :) I just dont want to live without OD if I don't have to.
     
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    Thanks for the pictures That is exactly what I wanted to see. I can see how it can be a real pain to get the tranny in and out of there now. Did you have to move the cats back to make the them fit?
     
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    You would have to ask Brian that one. It had it stripes already when I bought it. :D

     
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    Very nicely done. The fabrication and welding looks top notch.
     

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