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2WD Frame, easier for SAS or 4WD Frame ?
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 Posted: Sun Mar 17th, 2019 02:51 am
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Is it easier to do a SAS on a 2WD Frame or a 4WD Frame ?

I have heard the 4WD Frame has a lower front crossmember, which can interfere with the Solid Axle when flexing.

Also, is the 4WD Frame, just a 2WD Frame with a different front section  ?

Just asking !

Also, if anyone knows, is the 4WD EDGE Frame the same as the EDGE 2WD Frame ?

I know a lot of questions, but I have read a lot on the Web and have not come up with answers.

Thanks to any and all that post !



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5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15" BFG ATs,
Hurst Shifter w/Longer Replacement Shift Handle with (Homemade) Mounting Adapter; 1.5" up x 1" back.
Backrack mod'd to fit Steppie, Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !
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 Posted: Sun Mar 17th, 2019 02:46 pm
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I only know of two differences with the 98+ trucks:
1. the 4wd frames are similar to 2wd frames enough that we can convert 2wd rangers to 4x4 by bolting in the front diff
2. The RWD 4 banger some of those trucks are still coil springs.

I know the coil spring trucks seem like they would be a perfect start for SAS.


However if you ask me the easiest Ranger to SAS is a ttb 1983-1997 truck because:
They have a steering gear box
They are already setup for coils and radius arms

The 98+ Rangers are rack and pinion and torsion bars



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 Posted: Mon Mar 18th, 2019 12:44 am
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Thanks.

I was more concerned about the engine cross member, I thought, hoping, that the engine cross member on a 2WD is sallower than the 4WD.

That way allowing for an SAS but also allowing the truck to be at a more reasonable DD height !

What you are saying is the 2WD and the 4WD frame are the same in the later years and I agree the TTB Ranger were easier to do the SAS.

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Large Tube Rear Axle, 31 Spline - FX4, 4.56 Gears, OX Locked
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15" BFG ATs,
Hurst Shifter w/Longer Replacement Shift Handle with (Homemade) Mounting Adapter; 1.5" up x 1" back.
Backrack mod'd to fit Steppie, Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !
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 Posted: Mon Mar 18th, 2019 01:16 pm
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if you have to hack into the engine cradle a little bit no harm no foul, just put back what gets taken away.
Heck I know a few SAS Rangers that do not even have the engine cradle cross member anymore, hacked out the whole thing below the engine mounts. Just put it back using a new crossmember or two



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 Posted: Mon Mar 18th, 2019 02:10 pm
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Since I didn't know, I had to ask, but I did think along those lines a while ago, use a replacement 2x4x1/4" wall rect. tubing, making it close to the engine, and removable. Since I never did the SAS I never had a chance to check out my ideas.

It would be good to have an SAS, BUT I don't want 8 or 10" of lift to get fit Axle under the truck... !
Everyone I have looked at is JACKED up with 3 feet of ground clearance.

I want heavy duty but not sky high.

One last question sense you seem to know the Ranger Frames... "How good is the Ranger Frames, particularly the 3002 Ranger Frame; any weak spots, are the frames thick enough to handle some boxing/welding. I heard they are not HD !

Thanks for the idea, great minds think alike.

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5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15" BFG ATs,
Hurst Shifter w/Longer Replacement Shift Handle with (Homemade) Mounting Adapter; 1.5" up x 1" back.
Backrack mod'd to fit Steppie, Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !
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 Posted: Tue Mar 19th, 2019 04:37 pm
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Ranger frames twist when truck is flexed
they can twist ALOT
There are a few spots on some models that can develop some cracks
There is a thread here on RF.com talking about best options for boxing/stiffening Ranger frame
The basic result is with some sections getting boxed and some sections getting additional crossmembers it will really stiffed up
These trucks are VERY friendly to modifications, that is why you see then on the drag strip and on the desert /rocks

The later model trucks have some boxing already going on. with explorers the 2002-04 sport and sport trac have fully boxed frames
Ihaev a 2005 Ranger frame outside right now, it is under some snow but if you need pics let me know (its melting)

Easy to make crossmembers with our C channel frames
My BII has been wheeled HARD and daily driven for many many years (23+ now) I have solid engine and trans mounts, urethane body pucks, my floor pans have developed cracks from flexing but the frame looks like it did in 1988...RBV kick ass
You do not have to lift to the sky with the SAS, you can hack a little material from the engine cradle to clear the diff of a dana 30 or 44
3 link, 5 link, leafs, coils, coilovers, those are the real questions :) and if you have a 98+ ranger its which steering gear box and how to install

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 Posted: Tue Mar 19th, 2019 04:48 pm
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Thanks 410c,  good info from someone that has pushed their truck.

I was thinking 4 Link, Coil Overs, don't have any idea which parts to use but since I am over... OVER... the hill, I was going to shop it out !
My original plan was a Stretched Early Bronco Frame from throttle down Customs, price wasn't too bad but I, as usual, sat back and had to think on it and nothing got done.

I am back thinking on it and thought about keeping the Ranger Frame.

I will give my frame a look at and see how much the New England winter's took their toll.

As always thanks for the info.

Ltr



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2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
Large Tube Rear Axle, 31 Spline - FX4, 4.56 Gears, OX Locked
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15" BFG ATs,
Hurst Shifter w/Longer Replacement Shift Handle with (Homemade) Mounting Adapter; 1.5" up x 1" back.
Backrack mod'd to fit Steppie, Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !
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