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    95 Ford Explorer SAS build

    This project started out as a dirt cheap budget build from a salvage titled Explorer and miscellaneous junk I had laying around.






    But as time went by and parts were broken, as many people would, I became bored with a very mild, mostly stock, trail beater. So it got parked and set on the back burner for a few months. But now it's back and going under the knife. A general overview of the current plans are, spring over rear (8.8), SAS front (D44), 37's, custom reduction box, and custom front/rear bumpers.

    To start I tore out the old spring under rear end. Then added some 3/8" shackles, cause the stock stamped ones wouldn't cut it





    Then a simple 8.8, with custom rocker perches to try to get just a bit more out of the leaf springs


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    are you keeping the 8.8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeonetray13 View Post
    are you keeping the 8.8?
    Yeah, sticking with the 8.8 rear. Should be plenty stout enough for whatever I'll throw at it

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    What are rocker perches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrenchjunkie View Post
    What are rocker perches?
    The spring perch is mounted on a pivot. The idea is to removing the binding caused by the leaf springs under high articulation. Leaf springs only wants to move straight up or down, so if you're in a scenario where the angle of the axle is far from parallel with the angle of your frame, that differnece in angle has to be made up from play in the leaf spring bushings or by putting a twist in the spring itself. This should theoredically remove that twisting force on the spring. But we shall see if they really do much or not, this will be the first time I've run them

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    Be careful working under that thing with just jack stands. If you want some RR ties to put under it in case it were to fall, PM me and we can load some up at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhantomRage View Post
    Be careful working under that thing with just jack stands. If you want some RR ties to put under it in case it were to fall, PM me and we can load some up at work.
    What are you talking about? Them there are the best jack stands harbor freight sells. But seriously, thanks for the offer but I'll be alright. I usually stack my old wheels and tires under the frame if I'm gonna be spending some time under there. Also the only reason I had them that far forward on the frame was so I could just drop the shackles and pull the old spring under axle straight out the back

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rd Petal View Post
    Yeah, sticking with the 8.8 rear. Should be plenty stout enough for whatever I'll throw at it
    I have seen alot of lockers for the 8.8 on ebay

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    Been a little while since an update, but I managed to get enough time off work to get a bit done.

    All of this has been cut out



    To be replaced with this



    By means of these




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    Nice work! Check out therangerstation.com for SAS info if you need it.


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    Thanks. I've looked around on the TRS a bit, but just about all the solid axle swaps I can find are on TTB explorers

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    Looks like you got it all figured out to me! Get it done!
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    picknpull front end right? orange paint

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeonetray13 View Post
    picknpull front end right? orange paint
    Yep. Wagoneer 44

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    Are those the upper and lower control arms you are using for the front axle in the pic. ? The uppers appear to be very short . I thought they were supposed to be about 75 to 80 % the lenth of the lowers ?

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    Im betting it's a "Y" link. The short links mount to the long links.

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    They are going to be radius arms

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    Im excited to see this build been trying to get a buddy to do this but hes a pre runner person haha
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    A little work with the tubing bender so the radius arms will clear the tires


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    Got some frame end brackets built for the radius arms, then finished up the main links and built new 1 3/4" .250 wall upper links, didn't think the 1 1/4" ones would cut it.






    Then mocked up under the vehicle


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    Any updates?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 98C View Post
    Any updates?
    Yep, got the shock and spring mounts done on both frame and axle side, and track bar made and installed. I will get some pictures up soon

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    Whats up with this thing
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    looks like its coming along well. how do you keep your garage floor so clean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deluxxx View Post
    Whats up with this thing
    Basically its been sitting for the last year. I got the spring buckets welded on the frame, and a track bar built, then I ended up selling my house in Dayton, which had a decent size garage, and coming back to Fernley for work, where I have no garage. So long story short, there it sits until I have the time, money, and a place to finish it

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