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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Sorry guys, it's been a few weeks since I've worked on or really even thought about the truck. I'm trying to save up money for wheels and tires. What do you guys think about 20"x12" with 38x15.50 open country or mud grapplers?
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Just placed order on rock auto for the G20 brake lines. They looked like they should work with the saggy calipers. For $5.13 a piece, I'll take my chances. Also ordered the snapon reamer. Hope to go pitman arm hunting at the junkyard on Friday.
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Did those chevy van brake hoses bolt right up to the wagoneer calipers with no modifications?
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    I did my SOA on the rear today and swapped the stock rear springs back in. With the warrior shackles in the rear, the SOA, and the stock spings it sits pretty level now. I know there is the mystical explorer/ranger lean to the driver's side, but this is a little much. I can't figure...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Thanks for all the great info!! I haven't checked to see what my caster angle turned out to be yet. I was going to use shims if need be to correct it. I guess I'll start there. See if it needs to be rotated and if I am real lucky correcting it will help fix my draglink problem. If...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Here's a little visual walkthrough of how I did my steering rod if anyone is interested. I cut 4"-5" off the slip portion of my stock steering rod and slid the plastic bushing thingee down on the now shorter rod. Stock rod is now shorter. I then took the steering rod that I...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    If I go with a straight pitman arm to raise the draglink, is it really bad to not have the draglink at a similar angle to the tierod? Or is it just not ideal? Otherwise, does anyone know someone who sells a taller steering arm? How much clearance at ride height do you guys think I need...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Yeah, but I still have the 4" superlift springs in the rear with the warrior shackles. I would like to go back to the stock springs for more flex and a smoother ride one I do the SOA. I don't think Chad's is quite as high as mine is in the front, but I could be wrong. I have 3" HD lift...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Anyone have a link to where I can purchase extended brake lines that will work with my setup. I haven't done any research or searching around yet. I figured if someone already knew where to look it would save me the time. Thanks.
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    You and me both!! It might be a couple of months before I can afford tires and wheels. I sold my old ones, but that money went towards paying the credit card bill from all the money I had already spent on parts. Hey Chad, if you are following this thread, what's the height distance from the...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    OK. Some updates and pics. I got the truck back on its own weight this past weekend and semi-steerable (no power steering yet). No brakes yet though. Major items left on to do list: power steering lines, brake lines, some misc welding to finish up, shocks, sway bar, flip the rear axle...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Ok, I called Parts Mike on Friday. The guy I talked to wasn't sure if their pitman arm would work with my steering box. He said he'd never heard of anyone using the box out of an explorer. He said there arm fits all of the jeeps and Chevys, but he didn't know about a ford. I'm going to take...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Thanks for the info and the link. I started looking around the Parts Mike Website and found this pitman arm: PM1104A Pitman Arm 3.5" drop large draglink ES2027Ll taper It's already reamed out for the larger draglink end. Will this work with my 2nd Gen Explorer steering box? If so, I won't...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    I'm looking for a dropped pitman arm for my explorer steering box. Are they pretty much interchangeable between different vehicles (Jeep, Ford, Chevy) or do I have to get one specifically for a explorer or ranger? Anyone know where I can purchase a reamer for the pitman arm? I did a quick...
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    For Sale 4 Mickey Thompson 36x15.50R18 + Wheels

    For sale are 4 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Radial Tires 375/60/R18 (36"x15.5"R18) + 4 Mickey Thompson Classic II 18"x10" Wheels with 5x4.5 Bolt Pattern and 4-1/2" backspacing. Tires are like new with VERY few miles on them. If I had to guess, I would say 90%+ tread life. Just check out the pics...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Thanks for the reply. Good luck with your stock-piling. I thought the same thing. "Hmm, I'll just see if I can find that waggy axle for now" "Well, I found the axle, guess I can order some of the parts to start putting that together." Before I knew it, out came the plasma cutter and there...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Will I be able to have a driveshaft made that works with my stock transfer case or do I have to change transfer cases?
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    OK. I have some concerns. First, the pictures: Leafs Tacked in Place I am using the stock 74 wagoneer springs for mockup. I will probably go with a 2" lifted spring once I decide exactly where I want it to sit. Like the new wheels/tires? :) Spring Mount Doesn't that frame...
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    2002 Sport Trac SAS

    Hey Chad, I'm working on my 02 ST SAS and I was curious how far forward does your axle sit from its stock location? I have tacked my front and rear mounts onto the frame as far back as possible (radiator in front, body mount in rear) and according to my measurements I am 4in further forward...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    It will definitely be going up for sale once I get everything sorted out. I will let you know. Any good wheeling spots down your way??
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Got the suspension, 4" superlift, and stock differential dropped this evening. Untitled I have off until Monday so hopefully I can make some major progress this weekend. Still need to remove the rack and pinion. Then it's time to break out the plasma cutter and grinder. Lots and...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Chevy S-10 Solid Axle Hanger Kit It's actually designed for the S-10 but I saw where another user on here had used the kit for their explorer, so I thought I would give it a shot. Here's the link to j_mazala's SAS thread: 98 XLT Dana 44 on Leafs I will still have to do some fabrication on...
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    Pictures of my Trac's new shoes.

    When I used to have 15x10 M/T Classic II wheels with 33x12.50R15 M/T Baja Claw Radials (before the 4" superlift) I would have problems with the calipers knocking the wheel weights off the wheel if they used the "stick-on" type weights. Not much clearance between the inside of the wheel and the...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Updated parts list in first post. As you can see, decided to stick with the leaf springs rather than a linked setup. When it came down to it, I just don't have enough confidence in my fab skills to tackle the linked setup. Maybe in the future, once I get some more experience under my belt...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Some photo updates... Dana 44 Front Axle1 Dana 44 Front Axle2 Dana 44 Front Axle3 Spring Perches and U-Bolts Crossmember, Shackles, Hangers, and Shock Hoops Steering Kit from Ballistic Fabrication is on back order. Hope it comes before I get to that point.
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Thanks for your interest in the build. Waiting on parts at the moment. I've got the axle built hub to hub (minus gears). Waiting on parts to hang it under the truck. UPS says everything should be delivered today. If I get a chance I'll snap some pics of everything tonight and update my...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    That's exactly what it was. One of the needle bearings had fallen down into the cup when I slid the cap on. That was my 1/16" of an inch. Got them together last night.
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    OK, ran into my first issue this evening. This question is really going to show how much of a novice I am. I am trying to press in the Spicer 5-760x u-joint into the axle shafts and I can't get the inner c-clips to fit. It is like the grooves for the c-clips are 1/16" too far apart, or the...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Updated parts list on the first post
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Well, I actually cut my track bar mount off yesterday, cleaned up the axle and primed it. So, so much for that idea :( Guess I can always fab one back on if I'm not happy with the road manners. Also ordered all of the parts to complete the axle assembly, including the Spicer ball joints and...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    OK. Here's my Rock Auto Order: Wheel Bearing (Inner) Timken Set37 x2 = 18.82 Wheel Bearing (Outer) Timken Set45 x2 = 17.08 Spindle Bearing Kit Timken SBK1 x2 = 19.42 Wheel Seal Timken 4250 x2 = 3.58 Brake Pads Raybestos ATD52M = 40.79 Caliper Repair Kit Raybestos WK524 x2 = 4.38...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    OK then, factory bracket will be cut off before sandblasting and primer then. If I decide to run track bar with leafs I'll just add new brackets once everything else is done. You now have my curiosity up regarding the linked suspension. I have been focusing all of my research on the leafed...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Snapped a couple pictures between rain storms today. I hope it's nice tomorrow so I can finish tearing down the axle and get it over to my cousin's for sandblasting. OR maybe I should stop spending money on the truck, so I can save to build myself a garage so I can have a decent place to work...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Thanks for the advise, I will definitely check them out. To be honest, I am a little scared of the geometry involved in doing a link setup. I am going to be pushing it with what little bit of fab experience I have doing leaf springs. I'm afraid a link setup may be a little bit too much for...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    Yep, I have studied Chad's build inside and out. Even bugged him a few times with my newbie questions. He did a nice job with his ST and I can only hope to end up with as nice of a job. There is actually another Sport Trac locally with a SAS. I saw him at the gas station the other day and...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    I definitely want to shoot for mounting the steering box on the inside of the frame rail if possible. One, to keep it out of the way of the shock mounts, and two I don't really want to see the steering box when looking into the wheel well. I definitely like the look of the hoops more than...
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    mjenk430 02 Sport Trac SAS

    OK, I've been snooping around here for the last month or so doing research for my SAS. Today I bought my 87 waggy axle (from "they pull" junkyard), so I thought it was time to start a build thread. Last weekend I bought a 74 waggy axle (from "you pull" junkyard) and stripped the flat-top...
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    98 XLT Dana 44 on Leafs

    Very nice/clean build. I like the Sky Manuf. S10 kit (I think I will go this route) Saves some fab time + it looks cool :) How did you decide exactly how far forward/backward to mount the front crossmember/perches and the rear perches?
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    Found my waggy axle today....maybe?

    Hey Chad, does your trac have the 60.5" waggy narrow trac or the 62.5" wide track? Also, how much clearance do you have between your tire and spring at full turn? What width tire with what wheel backspacing? Thanks for all of your help.
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