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Old 07-24-2012, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1988 Ford SAS

Beginning:

TTB Lift kit installed, shackle reversal in the rear:

Donor truck:

Extended radius arms:

Drop radius arm mounts:

Used the TTB lift springs and welded a bolt to the lower spring cup

Boggers back on:

Made the '88 steering work for a while, but it was pretty loose:


Modified the steering out of a '78 to make it fit better and it drives SMOOTH now:
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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soooooooo glad you changed that horrible steering setup.


pretty strait forward axle swap not to fancy but it will work. i would stock up on spare axle shafts. they are not going to last long with a heavy truck and boggers.


but just a heads up some people might put the drop radius arm mounts in the fail thread. and i hope you welded that bolt on real well
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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WTH is up with your coilsprings in the last photo?
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WTH is up with your coilsprings in the last photo?
Guessing stock length pan-hard rod (or wrong length). Both springs will bow a bit and people build "shim" kits to fix that. All his bow is on one side.

If you buy a cheap taper tool, you can retaper the knuckles and put the tie rod on top. It WILL work even better.

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but just a heads up some people might put the drop radius arm mounts in the fail thread. and i hope you welded that bolt on real well
They were actually the stock mounting brackets off of the 88. I just moved them back and welded the piss out of them AND bolted them

I actually took the bolt and cut the head off, drilled into the dish and a short ways into the top of the radius arms, then threaded the bolts about 3 threads in and then welded it so I'm PRETTY sure I'm good on that one.


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WTH is up with your coilsprings in the last photo?
Actually, the frame is bent outward on that side... The ttb axle was not centered because of it. When I installed the solid axle I centered the axle and now the frame rail is over a little further than I wanted it to be. I'm working on a solution to it, just haven't come up with one quite yet...
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I hope you are very confident in that bolts attachment, I have seen that exact setup fail spectacularly after a couple bad bounces on the trail

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I have been on many-a-trail since and haven't run into a problem. Thanks for the info, though, I'll look forward to it on other threads
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Guessing stock length pan-hard rod (or wrong length). Both springs will bow a bit and people build "shim" kits to fix that. All his bow is on one side.

If you buy a cheap taper tool, you can retaper the knuckles and put the tie rod on top. It WILL work even better.

taper tool? you mean a ream?
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taper tool? you mean a ream?
Yes
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So you raped a 70's ferd to SAS an 88?
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Actually no, the 76 ford went to a buddy who is putting it on rockwells...
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Actually no, the 76 ford went to a buddy who is putting it on rockwells...
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Nice on the saving parts and not trashing a good old ford. Id ditch the ttb springs though.
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Nice on the saving parts and not trashing a good old ford. Id ditch the ttb springs though.
That has been on my mind since day 1 of the build, It's definitely something I'm working on. The only reason I stuck with them initially is because they flex a li'l bit better than older 1/2 ton springs
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x2 ditch the TTB springs when you can. That spring rate is wayyy too stiff for a solid axle.
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