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Discussion in 'Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by DopieSLC, July 22, 2015.

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  1. DopieSLC

    DopieSLC New Member

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    I decided on the 4 link Dana 30 swap for my ranger. If I was to do it again I would have done leaf springs instead. Mainly due to limited access to tools. But I have been running it since February with no problems except the steering which was just a broken insert for the pitman arm.

    Lower Arms-2" DOM tubing with 1.25" Poly Performance johnny joints and ruff stuff frame mounts
    Upper Arms-1.5" DOM tubing with 3/4" Currie Johnny joints and Ruff Stuff JK axle mounts. Connected to the lower arms by Ruff Stuff Radius arms mounts
    Track Bar-1.5" DOM tubing with custom axle mount and James Duff Ranger SAS track bar frame mount
    Steering-GM 1 ton tie rod with 7/8" tapered inserts from Ruff Stuff. 1.5" DOM tubing.
    Axle-1988 MJ CAD axle with CAD delete.
    Brake lines-1996 Chevy 1500 rubber lines
    Rough Country 4" Ranger TTB springs
    Stock pitman arm

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  3. RangerX

    RangerX Elite Ranger Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Looks good! I had to google MJ, I never heard of that before! It's a Commanche, for anyone else who doesn't know.
    What size tires? What gears? How's the flex with those TTB springs? Seems like they would be way stiff for a solid axle...
     
  4. DopieSLC

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    You got it!

    Tires are 33x12.50 BFG All terrains, 4.56 gears, flex is not that great. It flexes as much as the springs did on the ttb. But I wanted a stiffer spring front end cause I tow a lot and found xj springs were too soft when I stopped. I built it for towing, daily driver, and mild off road. The springs are not that stiff for flex or ride actually. For mild flex they are perfect.
     
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    Agree the XJ springs are too soft. Many times on the trail I've come off a rock slow and still bottomed out the front. The XJ's curb weight is about 3200 lbs. My EX weighs right around 5000 lbs with me in it.

    It flexes great, but it also rides funny on the highway- even with the sway bar connected. No sway bar on the highway- holy crap does it lean!

    I just got ZJ lift springs. By the time I'm done, I'm expecting to take the spring rate from 184 lb/in to about 280 lb/in.

    And who knows. Maybe that's too stiff. But I won't know until I try.
     
  6. DopieSLC

    DopieSLC New Member

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    Haha yes I would agree. Scary lean on the freeway with the XJ coils.I hit the bumpstops the first time I hit the brakes. Felt like the truck was doing a endo. I just picked up some 4.5 Wild Horse coils for a bronco with a spring rate of 300. Gonna give them a shot. Maybe it might be that perfect match for flex and ride.
     

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