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Old July 23rd, 2008, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Guy witha Rainjuh with some yota parts Questions....

So I gotta 91 Ranger that I am planning on SASing. I gotta kingpin Dana 60 front axle from an 87 F350 that I want to put under the front of it that I pulled off the parts truck. The parts truck had a 6" lift on it so I pulled the leaf springs off it as well and they are still attatched to the axle. I had planned on 4 linking the axle with air shocks or coilovers and doing away with the leaves and using the lift springs and parts on another truck. Well 4 link parts, coilovers and the fabrication required as everyone knows costs a lot of time and money, something that I really don't have.

So here is what I have been considering....run the 6" lifted F350 leaf springs up front for the time being with the Dana 60 until I can afford the parts for the 4 link and coilovers. I might have to remove a leaf from the springs to soften them up a little, but I figured they'd probably work. Now here's where I run into some issues. When discussing this, I have begun to consider running toyota lifted leaf springs or something on the front since they would give a lot better ride than the F350 leaves that I have. What do you guys think? How do you guys think the yota' leaves would work under a Rainjuh?

For the rear, I have considered using yota leaves as well. I remember reading in Peterson's 4 wheel and off road about the Ranger they built last year for the ultimate adventure and on the rear, they kept the stock Ranger lift block, but used All Pro 6" lift Toyota leaf springs. It said it increased the wheelbase about 2 inches and lifted the rear around 9 inches if you use the stock lift block. I plan on doing away with the block but want to use yota shackles instead for (maybe) a little added flex. On a Ranger, the leaves are hooked to hangers on the outside of the frame. If i went with yota' leaves, I would try and box the frame and run the leaves directly under the frame....so they might flex even more since they would then be inboarded....Does anyone know what the approximate length of the Yota' leaves is eye to eye? If they are close to a Ranger, I might just end up running them in the stock hangers...

The spring pad spacing on the Dana 60 axle I have is set at 36.5" apart. I had thought about using Sky manufacturings full width swap kit, but the spacing on that is at 32" since that's what Chevy Dana 60s have......so using that awesome kit is out of the question....I'll just have to come up with some sort of crossmember setup or something.....no big deal

Also, I've heard of yota' guys running rear springs up front. Anyone have any ideas or expreience with doing this? Do the stock yota rear springs give you a lot of lift or flex? I might justend up using these.

Also, does anyone know the stock width of yota' leaf springs?

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Old August 12th, 2008, 04:05 PM   #2
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I have a friend how did that and it worked well. Realy he only used the main leafs and added some leafs from the fronts to get the height he wanted. He also re dilled the center pin to move the axle forward. All in all I'd say it worked good with moderate lift and flex nothing crazy. Good swap on a budget.
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So let me get this straight. You got a friend that ran 6" lifted leaves from an 80-97 F250 or F350 on his Ranger? And they had all the leaves removed cept' the main? Then he re-drilled the center pin to move the axle ahead and added a couple more leaves from some other spring packs? Or were his main leaves from soemthin else altogether? See if you can find out EXACTALY what he did for me man. That would be a big help.


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