- July 12, 2013
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- 1992 Ford Explorer XLT
I was going to ask you about the cross member interfering with the engine, but you already answered that. Would it be easier for you to swap in a solid axle for the front, or are you set on using a TTB? Mine is a radius arm based swap. Its more stable than it ever was on the highway, and flexes like crazy off-road. I use it for every type of off-roading except mud, I hate mud. You can build a engine cross member around the engine. A D60 or HD D44 would give you the correct bolt pattern, and there are hundreds of swaps listed in the Offroad Projects forum to guide you.
SAS would be easier, but I prefer TTB. I'm not 100% set on it, but I am like 80% lol. I haven't found a hugely compelling reason NOT to do TTB yet so at this point that's the direction I'm looking. I don't do much rock crawling, don't want 40's, and I'd rather lean into the black magic of suspension design then lean away from it haha (seems a lot of people avoid TTB for its "complexity"). Unless I find something at this point that is a big enough drawback to not do TTB I think that's the way I want to go.
If tomorrow I find out that a TTB dana 44 will break and noone offers the parts I need for a TTB dana 50 or some silliness like that then SAS would be the next thing to consider. Still in the early stages on figuring out the axles.