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I just picked up an IFS frame from DRM. I had all intentions of replacing my rusted out '86 frame with this newly acquired one, but the more I think about it, I think I am going to go with the SAS. I have a complete '85 truck sitting in my back yard ( the one off of eBay that was broken in half) I am sure all you guys saw it. I was wondering how much of the IFS front brackets you cut off, since the motor mounts are part of the bracket, also do you cut off the rear torsion bar mounts ?
I know the front axle is narrower, is this going to look bad since I have a wider '86 IFS rear ? I will end up putting on 15x10 rims with 33x12.50x15 Cooper STT's. I am not and avid rockcrawler but I do go wheeling occasionally. I just feel I would have a hell of a time swapping all of the IFS components to the other frame, considering my truck has 230,000 miles on it and spent most of its life rotting here in Pennsylvania.
I looked at Beebs page already, is there anyone out there that has just stuck with the all Toy setup, I'm not interested in the Dana swap or anything, although I was working on a '98 F-350 today with the solid front, it only has 2-leaf springs up front, has anybody used these, I would imagine with just a 4 cyl. up front you could run just the main leaf. Who knows...

Thanks for any input...
 

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personally, i would go ahead a do the SAS. if you already have the parts, i cant think of a good reason not to. Trying to switch all the IFS would probably take twice as long, special if it is rusty.

It was hard to get my IFS parts off with out a cut-off wheels and such when i didnt want to save the parts. i cant imagine trying to take it apart and save it.

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ok, i relized i really didnt answer you question before, so i am going to try again.

1. you can get spacers for the front axle so that it becomes the same with as the IFS rear. (allpro and other companys sell them)

2. motor mount. I cut off the outside and made it flush with the frame, then welded in some extra metal for support. should be fine.

3. if you are going to go through all the trouble, go ahead and start on the better of the two frames. Rust sucks, and it will only get worse down the road.
 

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Yeah, what rok toy said. I did'nt reinforce my motor mounts, but i plan to sometime. I guess if you were bouncin pretty hard on them they could fail.
 

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Definately reinforce the the motor mounts, I
had to help a friend jack his motor off of the front axle after it fell out. <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0">

[ 10-11-2001: Message edited by: zags ]
 

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I left most of my front IFS mount, just cut off the lower A-arm bracket part, and used the orginal IFS upper shock mount as it was directly above the axle. I'm going to cut off the shock mount as it limits my stuff. But I'm boxing the bottom part for a place for my bump stops to hit instead of the frame.
 
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