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Old May 12th, 2014, 08:41 AM   #1
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I'm going to pick up a 88 ranger this coming week to start a truggy. It currently has a solid axle swap done with Dana 30 front out of a YJ so leaf springs and Dana 35 in rear. Im thinking of changing the front and rear axles out to full width. If I do this will the front and rear mounting points for the leaf springs need to be moved out further. Im guessing the spring mounts on the trucks are wider than that of the ranger but I haven't seen much with people running leaf springs. Most stuff I see is all coils or coilovers. Im going cheap for now and running leafs. Any help would be great before I dive in here in a couple weeks.
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If you're going cheap, wouldn't it be cheaper to move the leaf spring perches?

Might still have to move the fronts outward...
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Yep thats what I was asking. Since the truck already has the leaf mounts from the front turdy Im guessing the width of mounting points on a d44 or d60 will be wider so they will need moved?
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Change the mounting on the axle, don't change the mounting on the frame. They will need to be moved.

It will be a lot more fab work to change make the leaf mounting different on the frame. It also could end up needing a larger amount of gusseting to keep it strong enough, depending on how much you would widen it.
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Lepp that makes sense I didn't know which would be more work to move. I know its not easy welding on the axle tubes as well so wasn't real sure. Im new to leaf springs coming from a ZJ haha.
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I know its not easy welding on the axle tubes as well so wasn't real sure.


Welding to axle tubes aren't bad. Welding to the cast center section has a few tricks.
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Welding on axle tubes really isn't much different the welding any other steel. Its the cast housings on axles that is more difficult to weld.

Dang beat me to it.
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Welding on axle tubes really isn't much different the welding any other steel. Its the cast housings on axles that is more difficult to weld.

Dang beat me to it.
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I thought there was worry of warping if not done properly but that must have been the center housings. Im excited to start the truggy...now if I could just decide on axles I would be set!
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You'd have to put some serious heat in them to warp them.... unless you are doing some wussy stock axles, maybe.
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No wussy axles haha. Im having trouble deciding between a HP D44 or cheap Ball Joint D60 for the front. Tires will only be 35-37s.
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Whatever you can get for cheaper, I'd go with.
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No wussy axles haha. Im having trouble deciding between a HP D44 or cheap Ball Joint D60 for the front. Tires will only be 35-37s.
What is a cheap ball joint 60?
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What is a cheap ball joint 60?
A broken one
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Exactly...60's whether king pin or ball joint go for around the same price
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Not in my area. People only think the Kingpins are gold down here in Ohio. Ive seen bj d60 listed for 350-600.
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