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tyty_220
06-19-2006, 08:10 PM
ive got a few questions

I plan on converting my front suspension to leaf springs and do a sas

front leaf springs
1. what type of leafs would be the best to use (out of a used vehicle) for a spring conversion? (i want to get teh same amount of lift out of the leaf conversion in the front as i will with the spring over in the rear)
2. what would be a good/decent axle to use for the front and that will be compatable with the rear and be compatable with leaf springs without to much modifications? and what vehicles could i get one from?
3. is it worth it to put a steering dampener on?
4. do i need to keep my shocks on the front even with the leaf springs? or is it optional?

tyty_220
06-19-2006, 08:16 PM
oh and will i have to modify my drive shafts for a 6" lift

sj-x 500
06-19-2006, 08:25 PM
easier to use the radius arms and coils from an early ford 150. you'll be lots happier.

tyty_220
06-19-2006, 09:25 PM
easier to use the radius arms and coils from an early ford 150. you'll be lots happier.
how much modification will that require though?

MikeWild
06-19-2006, 09:33 PM
going SAS you'd be best to go with a dana 44 up front, and a 9" in the rear from an older F150 or Bronco, you won't be able to keep the 8.8 as a result of the added width of a live axle. To get the lift you desire, it's all about the hanger's for the leafs up front. I'd highly recommend adding a tranny cooler from an F250 or 350 as the A4LD is weaker than tin, (hence LD stands for light duty) and pushing that extra weight around will require some mods to the tranny to ensure you prolong it's life. A shift kit might be a good idea as well. Just my 2 cents.

If you want to learn lots, I suggest going here:

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=139094

sj-x 500
06-19-2006, 09:45 PM
you take the radius arm brackets, coil buckets, panhard bar and brackets from the donor truck and bolt it all in place on the new truck. the panhard might have to be be modified.

tyty_220
06-19-2006, 09:49 PM
you take the radius arm brackets, coil buckets, panhard bar and brackets from the donor truck and bolt it all in place on the new truck. the panhard might have to be be modified.
will that lift it at all or would i have to buy a kit to lift it from there?

sj-x 500
06-19-2006, 10:11 PM
just buy the lift coils. lots are using 3-5 inch lift coils from an early bronco

u2slow
06-19-2006, 11:36 PM
I have an HP44 housing (F250, leafs) with 4.10 if you're interested. :)

tyty_220
06-19-2006, 11:45 PM
how much? or would you trade for stuff?

u2slow
06-19-2006, 11:55 PM
http://www.funinbc.com/forum/showthread.php?t=64823

I will do trades.... what've you got? I could use a truck-bed toolbox.... or maybe you have a part I can build a truck around? [15]

gordwould
06-20-2006, 01:50 AM
i have coils and lift blocks from a f-150 and if you use your 8.8 you will have to change the spring purches to the top of the housing

tyty_220
06-20-2006, 11:11 PM
so ive decided to go with leaf springs. only because i can get it done faster for cheaper and because i know more about what im doing when it comes to leaf springs and i know nothing about hte other way. Im not worried about if it will be a nicer ride because i dont plan on using it for my daily driver because im buying a 2007 sport trac