Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Mountain Home Idaho
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late model SFA platform truck
Ive been thinkn, that those cab a chasi 1-tons would make a good platform for a solid axle. the front ends on those are beefed by using leaf springs, bolted to kinda of a dead axle to connect both wheels. Im not sure but i think the steering may even work with the axle. because of the set up.
this would make the whole axle conversion process so much easier, it would also be cheaper if your planning to get a new or used truck, since you wouldnt buy the 750 dollar brackets to bolt the leafs to the frame. I think it would also take less time?
at the yard we just got one for 20,000 right off the show room floor. but had to have a bed put on it. but I think beds can be found pretty cheap through salvage yards since a bed off a truck as old as 89 would bolt on.
the rear has the 14bff but has dual wheels with a lug pattern that is on most heavy truck. so youd have to either change the axle to singe 8lug wheels which doesnt sound hard, or trade someone for the dually axle.
Ive been thinking about his for awhile and just thought Id let everyone know to see what you all think.
Im sure there are some draw backs I havent thought of and it could be just as hard as converting an ifs truck. but I think theses trucks should be a good base for a good heavy duty 4by
16x8 bajas wrapped with 285 TXRs, T-BARS cranked to level, and minor trimming