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So I'm just about done with my SAS and I have failed to make a build thread until now. But better late than never I guess.

First of all I would like to say that I tried to use as many stock parts as I could. Here is my parts list.

Axle - D44 out of a 79 Bronco, 4:56 gearing, eaton locker, new manual locking hubs, and a heavy duty diff cover from ruff stuff.
Brakes - Stock 79
Brake lines - The 88 extended ones from JBG.
Drive shaft - stock 88 that I got extended
upper coil buckets - stock 79
shock towers - stock 85-93 f250
radius arms - stock 79
radius arms brackets - stock 79
track bar - superlift extended 79
track bar mount - ruff stuff
coils - 4" lift 79
shocks - pro comp 16 - 26
tre and drag link - DOM
pitman arm - I used the drop one that I had from when I did my 6" lift.
new steering gear box because I needed one.

Here is a before pic. I had already done a 6" lift with the TTB.


Here is my new to me axle.


I had to bow out at this point, and I took the axle to a shop to have it re-built. I don't have to means of knowledge to do it myself.

So of course the first thing I did was rip everything out!


I didn't take a whole lot of pics so I'm going to apologize for that. After I ripped it all out and cleaned it up I thought that the most important thing to do first would be the coil buckets.

The drivers side was a PITA. I think that was the main thing I learned from all of this was that everything on the drivers side sucks. But like a lot of people I wanted to move the coil buckets forward an inch for better fit with bigger tires. that's the whole reason that I used the 79 coil buckets, you can use the stock 88(or whatever year you have) if you don't want to move them forward. So to move the drivers side forward I had to notch out the bottom and move the bolt locations.


the passenger side went in like a breeze.


After that I got to hang the axle from the coils and then figure out placement for the radius arm brackets.
I decided to use the stock 79 brackets because I'm only planning on doing a 4"-6" lift.


I located the track bar mount just forward of the coil bucket. I didn't take a pic of it yet but you can see the spot that I cleared off for welding.


To install the tre and drag link I had to use a reamer which was fun.
I also had to cut the front part of the cross member and I had to remove the old power steering fluid cooler and put in a new one that I picked up at auto zone for $20. It was actually a tranny cooler but it will work.


I got to make a trip down to Driven Auto to pick up some parts, bronco heaven.


It's on it's own weight right now and I just drove it on the freeway. After doing that I realize that I need to get a steering stabilizer and get a professional alignment. My redneck alignment is just a little bit off.
I also need to switch out the stock D44 yoke with the old TTB one so I can get my drive shaft u-bolt to fit.
 

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Wow, great build! I like how it isn't totally jacked up like most others. I'm guessing you're running 35"x12.5" right? Also, why did you have to cut the crossmember? Just so you know I will probably be pestering you more and more when i get close to doing mine hahaha.
 

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Wow, great build! I like how it isn't totally jacked up like most others. I'm guessing you're running 35"x12.5" right? Also, why did you have to cut the crossmember? Just so you know I will probably be pestering you more and more when i get close to doing mine hahaha.
That's fine, pester away. Yes I am running 35"x12.5". And I cut the cross member because otherwise the track bar would of hit it. If you move the axle forward more than I did you can get away with not cutting it. But that is a lot harder than just cutting the cross member.
 

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well I got all of the stock 79 parts with the axle, so I had to buy

coils and the track bar - $379.47
DOM tre drag link - $389.01
F250 shock towers - $40
all new bushings about - $100
new hardware about - $50
power steering cooler - $20
shocks - $97.02
extended drive shaft - $100
total $1175.50

I think that should be it.
 

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That looks great. Can you get some measurements for reference on the height. It would be interesting to see how it compares to a standard ttb lift.
 

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howd you do your trac bar bracket? pictures of that would be awesome
As for your front yoke, i just used a conversion u joint, works great :shrug
 

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That looks great. Can you get some measurements for reference on the height. It would be interesting to see how it compares to a standard ttb lift.
I had a 6" lift on the front with the TTB. I put a 4" lift on it with the SAS, and it is sitting about 1" lower in the front. That's with all stock 79 upper and lower coil buckets.

howd you do your trac bar bracket? pictures of that would be awesome
As for your front yoke, i just used a conversion u joint, works great :shrug
For the track bar mount I ordered mine from Ruff Stuff. LINK







yeah I was thinking about just using a conversion u-joint as well, but I was thinking that if I happen to be out on a trail somewhere and I break one it would be nice to have a very generic u-joint to make it easy to find a replacement.
 

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looks good, you made the most of the parts you had and kept your swap very reasonable.
Thanks, that's kinda what my plan was. I wanted it to look like it could of come sock that way. And with using a lot of stock parts it will be real easy and cheap to find replacements.
 

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A little update. I did end up getting the drive shaft extended at Arizona Driveshaft. They did a great job and it cost me $100. I also decided to not swap out the yoke, all I did was get a stock 1 1/8 u-joint from the 88 and swap out the two caps to 1 1/16. fits perfect and if I do end up breaking one it won't be to hard to replace.
 
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