I guess I should update so people don't think I'm one of those guys who cut my truck up and got lost in limbo...
Finished building the axle. I had hit a big issue with getting the short side axle to slip in. Had done everything and was worried I was having alignment issues from drilling my 3rd member holes out.
The issue ended up being that Trail Gear sent the wrong short side axle when they had sent me the axle housing, axles, and steering links..............(insert more ...'s here.)
After that it went together swimmingly.
The truck sat for awhile for various reasons. I was still figuring out where I wanted everything since I was using the TG frenched hanger kit while trying to push the axle farther forward than they were designed for.
After everything was tacked in and a new hole was present in my core support, I burned it all in.
Been a long time coming since the truck sat 4 tires down without two big rig jacks under the front.
The bottom of the crossmember I welded in to connect the frame rails is flush with the bottom of factory fame rails (which is not the correct recommend hight for the surface that the spring hanger should mount to when using the french hanger kit) But I sacrificed 3/4 of an inch to avoid having mismatch heights and the need for gussets. I was going to accommodate the difference with pinion angle shims, but ended up being fine without them.
The FROR spring hanger was the choice for all the weld area I could get.
Frenched hangers are SO MUCH FUN to weld in...
The axle is in a cozy enough spot for me.
Thats it for the SAS. Pretty basic approach, just a modified Trail Gear kit with Marlin, All Pro, AND Low Range Off Road parts.
I drove it for a month till I had the time to weld in the Marlin shock hoops. Was the bumpiest 30 days of my life...and might have naturally modified my oil pan.
Then loaded the welder up for its return voyage to its home.
Done as of 2017.