Dana 44 SAS

before.jpg (30807 bytes) 1. Before pic. Featuring a skyjacker softride 4 inch TTB lift which I installed
removettb.jpg (40431 bytes) 2. Remove the TTB stuff.
ttbgone.jpg (39566 bytes) 3. Took me about an hour by myself to remove everything.
coil-in.jpg (35341 bytes) 4. Slide dana 44 under truck. put coils on axle and carefully let the truck down on the coils. Hook up the shocks. These are Duff early bronco 3.5" variable rate coils. 5 for the pair. The axle is a Dana 44 from a 74 bronco 0. 4 inch lift shocks will work fine, 6 inch lift shocks would be better. I'll be going to a wristed arm with rancho rs9000 9012's, which will require a new shock mount. I'm also going to swap the coil buckets out, but the stock ones will work fine.
79brackets.jpg (23219 bytes) 5. The radius arm drop brackets from a 78-79 F-150 or Bronco work perfect for this swap. They have a 4" drop that will help keep the caster correct. My axle had 4 degree duff bushing that came with it. It rides nice, so I imagine I'm close on the caster specs. for the pair.
drillholes.jpg (31080 bytes) 6.Drill the holes for the radius arm brakets.
79bracketin.jpg (31656 bytes) 7. Notice the hole on the bracket is directly below the existing hole on the frame. This keeps the wheel base exactly what it was before.
alxmount.jpg (73890 bytes) 8. Make a track bar mount. This one is Alx's. I don't like my first draft, so I'm using his. Thanks Alx. This really isn't difficult. Mine was a much more simple design and works fine, but I'm going to make something similar to this. It bolts up to the existing power steering gear bolts. If you don't mind welding to your frame, then it will be really easy. I prefer bolt up stuff.
after.jpg (31884 bytes) 9. After picture. It sits exactly 4" higher than the skyjacker 4". Was that so hard? Certainly not rocket science. I left out a few things about a good way to hook up the brakes,  tranny crossmember, and steering, but I'll include all that in a full writeup. I did this entirely by my self in one weekend.