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Old October 19th, 2012, 05:01 PM
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That dodge d44 may work, but it's a pos axle.
Like Aswaff said, a huge lift may not be very possible, I'm at 6" right now and the rear pinion angle is near wits end. I want to go higher, but it will require some serious degreeing on the leaves and possible a custom drive shaft.

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stay away from the dodge axles, they suck for anything over a 35 inch tire. the axle i used on my truck is from a 77 ish f250 its a dana 44hd, originally set up for a leaf sprung front end. for a half ton axle, pretty much any of the ford axles will easily work from the late 70's, or can me easily modified to work. theres also so many companies that offer brackets and parts to make a SAS easier. i ordered most of my parts through ballisticfabrication.com or polyperformance.com

a late 70's D44 with radius arms is basically a bolt on axle, minimal grinding, almost no welding...

another thing to consider is gearing. tires 35's to 37's you want at least 4.56 to 4.88 gears. 40's or higher go with 5.13's...

also, the stock 8.8 axle is a weak axle to run 40 inch tires on so if you are set on running 40's or larger, go with one tons front and rear... dana 60 in the front, sterling 10.25 or 10.5 in the rear...

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Originally Posted by ASwaff400 View Post
a late 70's D44 with radius arms is basically a bolt on axle, minimal grinding, almost no welding...
That's fawesome to know, I may see a SAS in the Bronco's future or a SAS/4x4 swap to the 88......
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thank you guys for all the info and help i thing imma go with a d44 cause i want the truck to be my daily for a while i was just thinking more towards the future so i wont have to do double the work.

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