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hey guys ive been mapping out plans for the SAS in the future and ive recently started looking into housings. i want to build it all from scratch and approach it at a steady pace rather than getting a used axle from a junkyard and possibly ripping stuff back out etc. i was looking at what frontrange has and im leaning toward them, im curious as to what you all would suggest as far as housings go

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I totally agree with Tim. If you have the patience to do it right, go all Toyota and use Brians custom housing. If I were to do it over again, I'd get Brian's housing built to 61.5" WMS to WMS, spring perches at 29.5"? instead of 31.5", custom chromo inner shafts provided by Brian, Longfield outer axles, driver side drop, e-locker third member. It just makes more sense to go that route! I love Toyota stuff!
 

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tanKoma said:
hey guys ive been mapping out plans for the SAS in the future and ive recently started looking into housings. i want to build it all from scratch and approach it at a steady pace rather than getting a used axle from a junkyard and possibly ripping stuff back out etc. i was looking at what frontrange has and im leaning toward them, im curious as to what you all would suggest as far as housings go

99 xcb on downeys, heavily armored
Front Range, it's what I'm doing. I'd go with a high pinion V-6 style diff, no e-locker, go arb, (stronger). Hmmmmmm, hey that is EXACTLY what I am doing. :D
 

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I just talked with Brian the other day and we decided that a Ford 9" chunk with Dana 60 outers would be the ultimate with his housing... I want one badly... :)
Will see...
He's really easy to work with so call him and discuss it. He has lots of experience with them. :)
 

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is there a link or contact info for his housings?

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tanKoma said:
hey guys ive been mapping out plans for the SAS in the future and ive recently started looking into housings. i want to build it all from scratch and approach it at a steady pace rather than getting a used axle from a junkyard and possibly ripping stuff back out etc. i was looking at what frontrange has and im leaning toward them, im curious as to what you all would suggest as far as housings go
As far as NEW housings go there aren't too many places to look - currie, dynatrac, front range off-road. I'm sure there are others. If you want to stay all toyota then your best bet is front range. Get the housing/cromo inners from front range then pick up a junkyard toyota axle for ~$200 and you are good to go. Send the birfields off to be "bobmatized" (bobby long - www.longfieldsuperaxles.com), throw on a hi-steer kit, re-gear the diff and you are good to go. Hi-pinions are nice but not necessary since when front range builds the housing they can rotate the center chunk so that your pinion points towards your tcase.

There are too many options to list here so give brian a call. He will be happy to help you...

later!
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As far as NEW housings go there aren't too many places to look - currie, dynatrac, front range off-road. I'm sure there are others. If you want to stay all toyota then your best bet is front range. Get the housing/cromo inners from front range then pick up a junkyard toyota axle for ~$200 and you are good to go. Send the birfields off to be "bobmatized" (bobby long - www.longfieldsuperaxles.com), throw on a hi-steer kit, re-gear the diff and you are good to go. Hi-pinions are nice but not necessary since when front range builds the housing they can rotate the center chunk so that your pinion points towards your tcase.

There are too many options to list here so give brian a call. He will be happy to help you...

later!
shane
Shane-

I gotta ask. You had a dana 44 before. What made you switch to Brian's axle? Just wanted something different?
 

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Shane-
I gotta ask. You had a dana 44 before. What made you switch to Brian's axle?
At the same time front range came out with thier custom toy housings I was looking at putting some time/money into my D44 - I needed to cut off the perches and reset the castor (I had welded some shims in to correct my castor that had changed since my springs settled), at the same time I was going to rotate my knuckes (never did it initially). I was also thinking about going with a selectable locker (ARB) and I figured I would eventually end up with cromo shafts/ujoints. I sat down and figured out that for the same time/money I was going to put into my d44 I could move over to the toyota housing. Moving to the toyota housing was benificial to me because:

  • It was all toyota :D
  • The elocker was a better "match" with the rear elocker
  • Hi-pinion
  • Better ground clearance
  • There were little things about working on the D44 that bugged me :banghead:
  • It just looked cool!

If I were to do it over yet again I would have gone a little wider. My front is 61" (a little wider than the rear). I should have gone with 64" This would give me better spring to tire clearance (although not much since right now I don't hit the springs and I have just about maxed out how far the knuckle will turn before it hits the housing) and a bit more stability. The rear I would have left the width it is until the housing cracked or something then I would go with a custom rear/full floater from front range to match (which I still plan on doing if my rear housing does give up the ghost).

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shane
 

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thanks guys for the info
 
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