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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-12-2003, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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SAS-axles from a 1978 F100..anyone tried??

I'd like to get this rust bucket and use its axles...The dana 44 up front is good but I've never delt with ford 9" rears before I wanted a dana 60 in the rear. Will the 9" inch handle offroading with 35's possibly 36's?? I've heard both good and bad, but I'd rather advice from the experts,, so let me have it..
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Re: SAS-axles from a 1978 F100..anyone tried??

The 9" is a very popular upgrade. Depending on the spline count, it should be very strong. Heck, even with the lower (28, I think) spline count it should be OK!

The 9" also has a hidden benefit - it has a slimmer profile than the Dana 60. Even with the large tires, you won't feel like your dragging your nuts on the ground!

NOTE: Sorry about the comparison of axles to testicles. It's the only way I can describe it! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: SAS-axles from a 1978 F100..anyone tried??

Well, Fords have always run a driver's side diff, so that's good. Dunno if the F100s used coils or not... Coils are GOOD, unless you're a hardcore mud bogger, and yes, the 9" is a plenty stout axle to run 35" tires on... hell, with the 31 spline 9" you can even run 38s or even 40s with a built 4.3 or a mild 350 (I'd just start worrying about the Dana 44 at that point)
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Re: SAS-axles from a 1978 F100..anyone tried??

Thanx for the info...These third members would be super easy to regear and load up a locker..
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Re: SAS-axles from a 1978 F100..anyone tried??

how much welding is going to be required to run coils?
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Re: SAS-axles from a 1978 F100..anyone tried??

I'm planning on doing a mostly bolt-on setup... using jeebus big grade 8s. Only things I think I'll be welding are the threaded bungs for the heim joints to spin into the links, the mounts that will bolt into the frame.

The June issue of Peterson's has a really good special on how to set up and run coil suspension. That, and coupled with what I've heard from alot of people, coils are a PITA to set up, but hella good for ride.
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