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Better starting point for 2nd gen SAS--2WD or 4WD?


SVO42

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1994 XL
I've already cut my teeth on a serious SAS on a '94 with 1-tons. Now I'm curious about a build that's not as hardcore. We are full-time RVers now, domiciled in Texas, but I want to keep things legal across the board. What I want is a 5.0 2001 Sport-Trac, the only year that the ST overlapped with the 5.0 in 4-door Explorer/Mountaineers.

My curiosity is which 2nd gen platform is better for a mild front SAS (I'm heavily leaning toward a '80+ full size Jeep (FSJ) front Dana 44 since the width is about right (61" WMS-WMS, IIRC). I would likely buy an '01 Explorer/Mountaineer with the 5.0 as the donor vehicle to have everything available. Considering I'd be doing a D44 SAS, does it really matter if I start with a 2WD Sport-Trac? With the SAS is there any bonus by starting with a 4WD version? As far as the donor 5.0 vehicle, I know the transmission output and adapter for the transfer case are an issue, but I would not really want the AOD/BW4405. I would prefer to have the Sport-Trac have an E4OD and BW4406 or NP203/205 or Dana 20 from an Early Bronco. I know I'd have to convert the ST to a more 4WD-like steering, so I'm already aware of that. My goal is to have a 2001 ST that is 50-state legal (engine swap), have a decent SAS front axle (FSJ Dana 44--fine for me even though they're low-pinion but the width is about right), and be able to tow near the Explorer/Mountaineer 4-door 2001 max of 6,8xx pounds. Due to the longer wheelbase I'm sure if Ford had made a 5.0 ST the tow rating would have been a little higher. I want a ST (always have ever since they came out, and I mean 1st gen) and need to eventually tow an RV that would be under 7K# but pushing it (aside, I know all about pushing tow ratings--been there done that, I still want to be safe). So, considering the custom work involved, does it really matter if I start with a 2WD or 4WD ST? As far as the donor, I don't think it matters. TIA--thanks!
 


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