• Register Today It's free! This box and some ads will disappear once registered!

^^Searches ExplorerForum.com^^

1998 Sport D-44 SAS Complete!!!

Skunk

2/1974-4/2015 RIP
Elite In Memoriam
Joined
July 9, 2001
Messages
2,112
Reaction score
0
City, State
Freeland, PA
Year, Model & Trim Level
98 SAS X, 94 3000GT VR-4
Originally posted by cdsl227
I beat the hell outta mine on the street, got a lead foot don't dodge potholes...and if you've got any idea of what the potholes here in Brooklyn are like- it's like off-road abuse!

Mine's an 01, but it's holding up to the abuse that put away three good cars in 2 years with no problems.

I got one question for you though...I found a D44 from an 82 Grand Waggy...I'm going to look at it (actually pick it up) tomorrow.

Is yours HP or LP?? Drum or Disc? and lastly- does it have the vacuum disconnect??

I've found all kinds of stuff on the Jeep Axles, but have come up wanting.

I want to go leaf as opposed to coil, and if this goes through tomorrow morning I'll be on my way.

By the way, if you got a closeup or two of your spring hangers...they'd be appreciated!!

Thanks!
Mine is a LP , disc, and NO VACUUM DISCONNECT!!!! NEVER GET A VACUUM DISCONNECT AXLE!!!!

Ill look for some pics for ya
 
Join the Elite Explorers for $20.

Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create and save more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.


cdsl227

Elite Explorer
Joined
June 25, 2001
Messages
1,121
Reaction score
0
City, State
Brooklyn, NY
Year, Model & Trim Level
2001 Explorer XLT
You got a 6 on 5.5 lug pattern right?

Have you found any adapters for that?

As soon as I saw the axle had 6 lug I figured I'd better look for adapters before taking it...and well no luck. Performance doesn't have anything that goes 5-4.5 to 6-5.5.
 

cdsl227

Elite Explorer
Joined
June 25, 2001
Messages
1,121
Reaction score
0
City, State
Brooklyn, NY
Year, Model & Trim Level
2001 Explorer XLT
Ok, I've found out I can swap out the knuckles to get 5-5.5 lug pattern...only problem is finding the knuckles, so I'm picking up the axle tomorrow morning. :D
 

Spas

Explorer addict
Elite Explorer
Joined
August 27, 2001
Messages
5,491
Reaction score
5
Location
NePA
City, State
Freakland, Pa
Year, Model & Trim Level
'95 Sport
If you don't mind me asking, CDSl....you live in Brooklyn, right? Why do you want to do a SAS?? I can speak from experience when i say handling is far below par, especially where there are potholes or bumps....
 

Texplorer

Well-Known Member
Joined
November 20, 2001
Messages
3,518
Reaction score
0
City, State
Morgantown, WV
Year, Model & Trim Level
96 XLT 4x4 4.0
Ive been wondering the same thing. Ive been here for 3 years and the closest place to wheel is Paragon.
 

cdsl227

Elite Explorer
Joined
June 25, 2001
Messages
1,121
Reaction score
0
City, State
Brooklyn, NY
Year, Model & Trim Level
2001 Explorer XLT
Originally posted by Spas
If you don't mind me asking, CDSl....you live in Brooklyn, right? Why do you want to do a SAS?? I can speak from experience when i say handling is far below par, especially where there are potholes or bumps....
Ummm... :D Because I can! :D

No seriously, I want to be able to wheel it...I took that thing on the beach one day and all it could do was dig a hole to bury itself. :mad:

AWD with open diffs, s#cks.

Besides, at 40, I still got a lot of kid in me and I want to look down at the Expeditions that think they rule the road! :D

Plus I figure it'll help keep me from getting speeding tickets. :D

Gotta go slow or I'll rollover. ;)
Plus it'll probably ride/hold up better than the stinkin IFS in the streets. If it doesn't, it'll be a lesson learned.

Last, but by far not least-

It'll look SWEET!!! Especially with the TrailReady bumper on the front! :D

:cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
 

Skunk

2/1974-4/2015 RIP
Elite In Memoriam
Joined
July 9, 2001
Messages
2,112
Reaction score
0
City, State
Freeland, PA
Year, Model & Trim Level
98 SAS X, 94 3000GT VR-4
Originally posted by cdsl227
Ummm... :D Because I can! :D

No seriously, I want to be able to wheel it...I took that thing on the beach one day and all it could do was dig a hole to bury itself. :mad:

AWD with open diffs, s#cks.

Besides, at 40, I still got a lot of kid in me and I want to look down at the Expeditions that think they rule the road! :D

Plus I figure it'll help keep me from getting speeding tickets. :D

Gotta go slow or I'll rollover. ;)
Plus it'll probably ride/hold up better than the stinkin IFS in the streets. If it doesn't, it'll be a lesson learned.

Last, but by far not least-

It'll look SWEET!!! Especially with the TrailReady bumper on the front! :D

:cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
Its the only way ta go!!!!!

and as per the going slow part.... I get mine up to 90 without a problem.... and then hit the trails and outwheel the jeepers..... its the best of both worlds, altho it doesnt track as strait as the IFS.... BUT WHO CARES!!!!!!

hey Spasy... u got experience huh??? what kind of experience ya got???
 

Spas

Explorer addict
Elite Explorer
Joined
August 27, 2001
Messages
5,491
Reaction score
5
Location
NePA
City, State
Freakland, Pa
Year, Model & Trim Level
'95 Sport
Gotta go slow or I'll rollover.
Plus it'll probably ride/hold up better than the stinkin IFS in the streets. If it doesn't, it'll be a lesson learned.
I dunno about that, dude....I take my 7 ton international (which has an I Beam and leafs for a front suspension) up and down Fort Hamilton sometimes 3 times a week and I can get the front end off the ground on some of those sinkholes :D

But hey, to each their own...at least you could just run over those damn cabbies ;)


Lizard, more experience than you, you old fart :D :D
 

Texplorer

Well-Known Member
Joined
November 20, 2001
Messages
3,518
Reaction score
0
City, State
Morgantown, WV
Year, Model & Trim Level
96 XLT 4x4 4.0
Originally posted by Spas
I dunno about that, dude....I take my 7 ton international (which has an I Beam and leafs for a front suspension) up and down Fort Hamilton sometimes 3 times a week and I can get the front end off the ground on some of those sinkholes :D
Do you mean the actual Fort Hamilton here in Brooklyn?? Or on Fort Hamilton Parkway?? If you mean the actual miliatry base thats crazy, I live like maybe a quarter mile from the entrance. But maybe there is another Ft. Hamilton you are talking about.
 

Skunk

2/1974-4/2015 RIP
Elite In Memoriam
Joined
July 9, 2001
Messages
2,112
Reaction score
0
City, State
Freeland, PA
Year, Model & Trim Level
98 SAS X, 94 3000GT VR-4
Originally posted by Spas

Lizard, more experience than you, you old fart :D :D
OH really??... last time I checked, you still have yet to prove yourself.....
 

cdsl227

Elite Explorer
Joined
June 25, 2001
Messages
1,121
Reaction score
0
City, State
Brooklyn, NY
Year, Model & Trim Level
2001 Explorer XLT
Originally posted by Spas
I can get the front end off the ground on some of those sinkholes :D
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
 

Muskrat

Elite Explorer
Joined
March 9, 2002
Messages
1,504
Reaction score
0
City, State
Califon, NJ USA!!
Year, Model & Trim Level
97 Ranger STX
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
 

cdsl227

Elite Explorer
Joined
June 25, 2001
Messages
1,121
Reaction score
0
City, State
Brooklyn, NY
Year, Model & Trim Level
2001 Explorer XLT
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.
 

Texplorer

Well-Known Member
Joined
November 20, 2001
Messages
3,518
Reaction score
0
City, State
Morgantown, WV
Year, Model & Trim Level
96 XLT 4x4 4.0
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.
 

Spas

Explorer addict
Elite Explorer
Joined
August 27, 2001
Messages
5,491
Reaction score
5
Location
NePA
City, State
Freakland, Pa
Year, Model & Trim Level
'95 Sport
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 )
 

Attachments

Nate1

All 4 wheels locked
Joined
December 4, 2002
Messages
3,802
Reaction score
0
City, State
Gainesville/Tampa, FL
Year, Model & Trim Level
'96 FZJ-80
Originally posted by Muskrat
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
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.
 
Join the Elite Explorers for $20.

Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create and save more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Skunk

2/1974-4/2015 RIP
Elite In Memoriam
Joined
July 9, 2001
Messages
2,112
Reaction score
0
City, State
Freeland, PA
Year, Model & Trim Level
98 SAS X, 94 3000GT VR-4
paragonflex.jpg
She flexs pretty good!!!
 



Top