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MyNameIsAric's 98 FULL width SAS

I will keep this first post updated with my progress so people don't have to weed through all the boring crap associated with these buildup threads.
So far I have:

Front axle:
Dana 60 35 spline kingpin high pinion from a 79 f-250/350
detroit locker
dedenbear knuckles
5.38 gears
alloy usa shafts
longfield u-joints
warn hubs (should have went with drive flanges)
high steer arms with full hydraulic steering

Steering:
2x8 double ended cylinder from surpluscenter.com
steering valve out of an old forklift
misc. hoses and fittings from surpluscenter.com

Rear axle:
Dana 60 30 spline low pinion from a 79 f-250/350 (should have went with a 14 bolt)
full spool
5.38 gears
Disk brake conversion

Tires/wheels:
16.5" hummer h1 8 bolt double beadlocks recentered with custom stazworks centers.
36x12.50 wrangler rt II 6 ply military bias tires(sucky but cheap)

Things I need still:
new rims and tires and hopefully she wont shake so bad at 60mph.


Got axles
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Cleaned up axles
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Welded wheels
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Got a new truck so i can dismantle the explorer and tow it around when i'm done.
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Welded Diff covers
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Rear axle almost done
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Front axle almost done
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Rear axle under truck
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Welding up rear driveshaft (yes, it is square)
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Machined parts for the upper control arms
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Made coil buckets
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Made lower control links
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Mocking up Front axle and welded up hydraulic ram mount.
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Got myself a forklift orbital for my hydraulic steering
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welded on lower control arm mounts
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Dropped the front IFS
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Sent it to the scrap yard
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IFS gone
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Front axle starting to go in.
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off jackstands
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Took out the A/C system and cruise control. Also removed ABS brake controller, but I ended up having to put it back in later for the speedo to work.
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Mounted new/slightly larger fluid reservoir for the hydro system.
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Mounted the stock power steering cooler for the hydro system
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Got this mounted in the engine bay where the A/C junk used to be
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Had to chop down this thing first though.
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Made some tie rods out of 100% grade A beef.
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Installed hydraulic ram and tie rods.
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View of the filter, and you can see the high pressure hose running from the pump down to the steering valve.
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This is how i connected the stock steering wheel to the steering valve. 3/8" swivel
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Better view of the steering valve.
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Poor planning caused track bar issues
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Made a new track bar bracket
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Cut off first track bar bracket
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Plated for good measure
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Welded on new track bar bracket. Still had minor interference so i move the axle forward another 1/2"
Also started putting on shocks.
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Tacked a tone ring to the rear d60 carrier
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Reinstalled tone ring sensor so i can get speedometer back
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blah blah blah tidied things up and poof.... an explorer that can only go 55mph now. If you have questions, just ask or PM me.
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Big winch eh.. well is that your winch or are you just happy to see me?
 


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mynameisaric

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Big winch eh.. well is that your winch or are you just happy to see me?

Who wouldn't be happy to see you IZ?

Started with a sketch.
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Found the problem with my sketch. (i should probably fabricate more. I really felt stupid after looking at it.)
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Fixed the problem/Made it look a little more bling.
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Welded it in. ( I know i need to relocate my transmission cooler lines....)
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What pump did you go with for your hydro steering? I have a 98 with similar mods and will be doing full hydro next. I read back but you never mentioned what pump and any changes needed to make it work. Thanks.
 




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stock pump, just had to buy a metric o ring to jic conversion fitting. I can try and find the receipt if you want. i can't remember what the metric o-ring size is at the moment, but it converts to jic-8. most of my plumbing came from surpluscenter, but i had to get some stuff from another website that i can't think of right now, and i'm pretty sure that is where i had to get my adapter from.

I haven't nailed my system up against any rocks, so i can't really tell you how well it performs offroad, but i can turn my tires on dry pavement with no effort.
 




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stock pump, just had to buy a metric o ring to jic conversion fitting. I can try and find the receipt if you want. i can't remember what the metric o-ring size is at the moment, but it converts to jic-8.

That'd be great if you still have it. Thanks.
 




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Discounthydraulichose.com 9069-08-16 $9.17

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edit: IZwack has done some mods to his stock pump. I think he got his up to 1600 psi. Mine runs at 1400 according to a digital nitrous gauge i hooked up. I have no idea what the flow rate is, but i don't seem to have any problems. Just need a bigger cooler for those hot summer days.
 




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OK, i think she is done. Still has a leaky passenger side rear axle seal even though i've replaced it already, and my driveshaft contacts the gas tank skid in a bind, but those are minor things. Could probably use a bigger steering cooler too.
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had my buddy matt take it for a spin while i snapped some pictures.
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Front flex is OK.. Rear flex is better. hopefully the coils just need to break in?
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This one felt a lot more vertical inside the truck.
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Nice Aric! As well as "done", that is Never... Remember seeing your Ex in Naperville about 5+ years ago, and thought, how did he get 33's on there!
 




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Looks good. When's it hit the trails?
 




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when i graduate college in 2 years probably. I've got no way to get it to the trails currently, and i don't drive it further than a 10 mile radius from my house.
 




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lol

I have a few bugs to work out. who ever said my 3/8 socket u-joint was a bad was right... sort of... it was OK, but i'm definitely upgrading to a half inch impact swivel socket. I also need more up travel in the front suspension. Rear suspension is good. I didnt find any problems with it... especially considering it flexes better than the front.

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