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My old mans 95 sport full width SAS

He used to have a 79 f150 truggy. Now he wants something more dd friendly and reliable.

Run down on this build.....
1995 Explorer sport
4.0L m5ord and 1354
78/9 D44 5.13's Aussie, old school yukons (the good ones) with yukon super joints
9" with 5.13 and spool
38.5x14.5x15 TSL's on Beadlocks
Extended Radius Arm front with johnny joints and 5.5" superflex EB coils, 78/9 steering box



Before Pic
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Got the old 8.8 out and a 9" in position. temporary on the mono leaf. Plan to change that later. But needed to get the rear sitting on the SOA to get ride height so we could set the front.

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Where'd it all go?


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Setting up the gears at the shop today. Old housing out of truggy was damaged.

Few less brackets in the way, now to the grinding of the remants. I hate grinding with a passion.
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Started mocking up the coil buckets, trac bar mount, and gear box mount. Spent some time building a plate to strengthen the frame rail along the gear box mounting. Got the drivers frame rail all cleaned up. Still need to clean the pass rail. Also had to unfubar some previous fubaring on the front axle housing.

Plan is to drive it under the 6'10 garage door.

Bolted the pass side bucket on, got the axle in position. The trac bar lined up perfect (factory bar from the 79). The drivers radius arm mounts right behind the trans crossmember, but do to the design of the crossmember the pass side arm mount conflicts with the crossmember.

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Mocked the radius arm mounts into place, now just need to mock the gear in position and cycle the susp and see how things fit and work.

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On its own weight, no jackstands. Far from finished. Everything is just barely installed to check clearances and such. But this how it'll look. The floor isn't quite level due to the drain.

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Full stuff drivers side, about 2"s further then what I will allow after a bumpstop install, RF drooped as far out, wheel turned to lock left side. Over and 1" of clearance to the body. Slight rub on radius arm.

Little bit or radiator and condenser protection, 3/8" angle.

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Working on the gear box install.
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backside
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lower coil mount
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Steering shaft made, not sure how well this is gonna work.
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burning the radius arm mounts in place.
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Radius arm mount
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Sitting on it own
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2 bad ass fords
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Got the 1354M tcase installed and the front driveshaft as well. Need to shorten a shaft here that I have to make the rear fit. Getting close.

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End tally was 43 hours. Just a few adjustments and things to change up from here. I still need to flex it and check front driveshaft and stuff like that. Also need to change the steering gear, this box is fubared.

more pics
Next to stock 98
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The ass
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door is at 6'8 ish, 10 psi in the tires.
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Getting an alignment this morning.
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Looks like 7"s of susp. lift in the end. Bit of death wobble over 30 mph. But with unbalanced 38.5's on beadlocks, and a trashy steering gear, and I think either new trac bar bushings or maybe going to heims, should be alright.
 




alboy79

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City, State
Grand Rapids, MI
Year, Model & Trim Level
'98 sport
Special thanks to CHEAPTHRILLB2 on the ranger station, greatlakes4x4, pirate, and every other website. He did all the work for my old man. From start to finish was just over three weeks. Fantastic work. I copied a build thread from elsewhere and pasted it here in condensed form.
 




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