Disclaimer: I've spent the past 3 hours searching and reading about other peoples SAS builds.
Now that that's out of the way, on to my build project. I have no idea what route I'm going at this point so I wanted to open a discussion and get some opinions since I know a lot of you have SAS'd broncos and stuff before.
About 10 years ago I put a Sterling 10.25 and a Kingpin D-60 in a '91 explorer. That's been a great rig, I've been through 4 transmissions and 3 engines with it (all junkyard stuff) It was a total budget build where the only thing I really spent money on was the axles, gears, and lockers. I've had "tons" of fun with it but recently I had the most recent transmission fail (a 5 speed, which was a mistake to swap to from the auto to begin with), also the engine is getting some rod knock and quite frankly I'm just ready to build a new rig with a little more wheel travel (i had built this one as low as possible to keep it stable, the bump stops are only about an inch from the front axle at ride height) And I'd like a little more power, the 4.0 did okay with the automatic (usually) but it was horribly anemic with the 5 speed, and I couldn't gear it any lower than 5.38's
A couple videos of the old rig and my wheeling style
So It's decision time... I have two vehicles as possible candidates for the build, my goal is to have a comfortable vehicle that can seat at least 3 (since I have a wife and kid now) and is streetable with good road manners so I can drive to the wheeling places, which may be far away (like Moab)
Option #1: 1997 V8 Explorer. (302 with 4r70w)
Option #2: 1988 Bronco (408 stroker with AOD)
This won't be a go-fast build, it'll be a trail and rock rig and for that reason I want to keep it as low as possible (I'm thinking about 4 to 6 inches over stock height) so I can do stupid stuff like this with minimal risk of tumbling to my death
I intend to use the same 37" tires I already have.
The one thing which I have the least of these days is time... I have a welder, plasma cutter, and other necessary tools, but I'm hoping to find as much as I can pre-fabricated so I can hopefully get this project done in 2 weekends of working on it.
I'll leave the rear end leaf sprung, although I'd like to move the axle back an inch or so... no big deal here.
For the front, I was looking at this kit
I'm somewhat concerned about the location of the 3'rd link, weather there will be clearance for it without having to run too much lift.
On my old rig I did a radius arm type thing with two bushings on each arm, it worked okay but when it articulates it puts a bind on the bushings, so I can't use heims, and the softness of the bushines allows for a slight bit of axle wrap/shutter when traction is loose, so I don't really like that (especially since with either of the above options ill have quite a bit more power)
I already have high steer and a ram assist.