February 6, 2007anyone got any pics of one with a straight axle conversion and can tell me a price?
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February 6, 2007In the clouds where are you?
February 6, 2007Look up intheclouds1977 he has one on his truck. It depends on how much you are able or willing to do on your own but a rough guess would be about 2,000. It also depends on the parts you get since you'll have to have some parts custom made and buy some parts from a junkyard so it varies a bit.
February 6, 2007well soon i will be getting a new truck and i figure what better project truck would be my old one. Im looking to just have a good mud/rock truck. I would like to do it all myself or at least most of it.
February 6, 2007You can get most of the things needed from Offroad Unlimited such as the conversion kit, crossover steering kit, hyrdraulic ram sterring assist, springs, shocks, and even the axles. That's what I would do if I ever do it. I would have them build me a GM Dana 60 and a 14 bolt ff to my specifications also. I would feel better in a way buying brand new axles, but Brian has 2 that have been rebuilt I believe and they are good as new.
February 6, 2007also if anyone no's if full sizes are to big for the tight trail or rock climbing, im not looking to build a pro rock crawler or a huge mudd bogger just one that can perform and not just get tore up because of bad performace or even should be doing it in like a smaller vehicle like a reg cab or a blazer, jeep or toyota. cause i looked at some of intheclouds pics and it looked like at on point he was having trouble going around trees. Cause i just dont want to put more money in my truck and it just give me trouble
also how many man hours you think it would take?
chevy fanatic how much did ur new front lights cost?
February 6, 2007I've got pics of my SAS in my gallery, but not nearly as many as IntheClouds1977. Also, he did leaf springs, when I did mine coil springs. You can look and see what you plan to do. Coil springs ride alot better IMO. As far as how many man hours, it took us about 1 full month to do it all, but that's not working on Sundays and Mondays. Also, it was about $2,200 for mine, but not including installation charges, because we did ours by ourselves at our shop. Hope this helps, but Brian can tell you alot more about his ride. He's got way more pics, too.
February 6, 2007The new headlights are Elegante (TYC) from Stylin Concepts, they cost $140.
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The corners are IPCW, and the parklights are APC (please god don't let them screw up).
Go with the Elegante parklights, and IPCW corners if you want to get either of them also. Although the IPCW diamond clear corners are hard to find because they are now illegal I think.
I just wish I would have known to get them before going through 2 pairs of APC pieces of crap headlights.
February 6, 2007Cost is going to be variable. If you are only wanting to run 35's than a dana 44 and the stock 10 bolt in the rear will be fine. If you are wanting to run anything bigger and want you drivetrain to be reliable and bullit proof, you need to upgrade for a dana 60 hp in the front and a 14 bolt ff. Also it depends on whether you and to do with coils and something like a 4 link or if you want to do leaf springs. Leaf springs are the easier and most cost efficient way to do a SAS. Also wheather you build you axles or have them built and the quality of parts used is a big variable. You can easily spend $15,000 building a a SFA setup, in fact I believe that is about the same figure Brian ended up paying when everything was all said and done, but dont hold me to that.
February 6, 2007I know it costed him somewhere around that I think. I'll just say it costed a pretty penny, but Brian did it right and went with every provision. Such as the hyrdaulic steering assist, you don't really need it I don't believe, but it does help A LOT if you drive your truck around every day or often.
Leaf's are what I would go with, they are much easier to do and are fine anyway.
February 6, 2007BAMAvalanche, leaf springs are not only the easiest or most cost efficient way to doing a SAS. We got the buckets for mine out of our junkyard, and ordered front coil springs for a 6" bronco lift (I used a bronco axle), and lift shocks for the front, and they all together were about $300. I think it would be a little more to have the leaf springs made to fit your preference, but I could be wrong. All in all, coil and leafs are about the same in price to deal with.
February 6, 2007Yea Brian didn't cut corners on his swap. The hydro-assist actually factors in after that 15,000. My buddy Jake (IloveGRITS) who does most of the work on my truck actually set up that hydro assist for Brian. Its not 100% necessary but if you plan on turning big tires when you are off road its a good idea.
Yes, coils can prob be done for about the same cost. A lot more geometry and design goes into creating a 4 link though. Springs are more installer friendly. You can get lift springs for the front for under $400. Good quality coil overs are going to set you back more than $400 on average.
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