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Old 07-13-2011, 10:04 AM
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Default Please Help The Newb Axle Question

I have been searching for about an hour, and I have found nothing so this may be a very stupid question

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I have an 88 ranger 4x4 it has a Dana 28 in the front twin beams..?.. Is this considered a "solid axle"? What would I gain from doing a SAS if this is not a solid axle? Would a SAS be fairly easy on this truck? This truck is going to be 80% offroad and 20% highway I would like to have a front and rear locker (still trying to learn about them too) Something I can lock in the mud and unlock on the street does that exist? Sorry for all the newb questions.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:39 PM
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:16 PM
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Default Re: Please Help The Newb Axle Question

A ttb is not a solid axle you can swap i n several axles on your truck and overall its not horrible difficult. For ease of work though you could swap in the strong d35 ttb out of another ranger ttb its a bolt up swap. There is also the option of a lunchbox locker and just getting a set of manual lockout hubs. Unlocked 2wd on street locked 4wd offroad. For the rear an arb is still the best for lockers. You could however get another lunchbox locker since its not a pure street truck.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:52 PM
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A ttb is not a solid axle you can swap i n several axles on your truck and overall its not horrible difficult. For ease of work though you could swap in the strong d35 ttb out of another ranger ttb its a bolt up swap. There is also the option of a lunchbox locker and just getting a set of manual lockout hubs. Unlocked 2wd on street locked 4wd offroad. For the rear an arb is still the best for lockers. You could however get another lunchbox locker since its not a pure street truck.
I have locking hubs from the factory I think. Would it be worth the time and money to put the 35 in place of the 28? Is it that much stronger?
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:54 PM
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Default Re: Please Help The Newb Axle Question

honestly if your going to be mostly off road and you want to do it right i say do the solid axle swap, lifted twin i beam suspension has a tendency to nuke tires quick among other things. there are plenty of options for lockers too.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:58 PM
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honestly if your going to be mostly off road and you want to do it right i say do the solid axle swap, lifted twin i beam suspension has a tendency to nuke tires quick among other things. there are plenty of options for lockers too.
If I did most of the work myself how much money am I looking at spending?
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:03 PM
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honestly it depends on what you want. i mean you gotta yank off the IFS stuff then figure out a suspension system like leaf springs or coils or coil overs, then you have to find an axle. thats the ultra basic stuff. if you have the skills to do a lot of it yourself you can do it pretty cheap depending on the axle you get, if you have to have a shop do it or you want to do it up super nice your looking at at least a few grand.
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:02 AM
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I have locking hubs from the factory I think. Would it be worth the time and money to put the 35 in place of the 28? Is it that much stronger?
It is that much stronger and a cheap easy swap. As for it eating tires being mostly offroad that's not a huge issue for one. Performance wise as long as you keep under a 36" tall tire they hold up pretty well. The d28 is known for smoking with stock tires and heavy offroading...

If you wanted to go sas there are tons of how to's out there its not terribly difficult f150 coil buckets, f250 shock mounts custom links behind it and the d44/9" from an early bronco.
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