What axle for sas

mantree Nov 20, 2016

  1. mantree

    mantree First Fill-Up (of many)

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    I'm thinking of doing a sas on my truck and was wondering what axle I should use to keep the curent bolt pattern and still be able to use my nissan locking hubs?

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  2. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    The commonly accepted axle is mid 80s Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It's close to the same width, 6x5.5 lug pattern, but since it's a D44 you have to use their hubs. I don't know of any solid axle that will accept the Nissan hubs.
     
  3. jg8992

    jg8992 Hi, my name is Brandon Supporting Member

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    I think I've seen late 70's Ford axles
     
  4. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Also true. 77-79 Bronco D44. It's a better fit width wise, but you have to change the lug pattern. As it's 5x5.5
     
  5. mantree

    mantree First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Well I guess I'll start keeping an eye out for a waggoner. Has anyone seen a xterra sas using leaf springs instead of coil overs? Since the truck is already got leafes in the back I'd like to stick with that upfront

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  6. jg8992

    jg8992 Hi, my name is Brandon Supporting Member

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    Wife's jeep had front leafs. Not a fan.

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  7. granitex

    granitex Skid Plates Founding Member

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    There are a few sased with leafs up front, if done well they work, a little less expensive than coil overs but they are not as adjustable for lift or axle placement.
     
  8. TheFauxFox

    TheFauxFox Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Luke's is a leaf spring setup.

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    http://www.xterranation.org/showthread.php?4815-Xterror04-Build-Thread/page7
     
  9. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    I've seen a few done with leafs. The cool thing is you just need to weld a front perch to the frame. The center section of the frame already has the holes for the pathfinder shackle kit. So it makes it that much easier.

    Look at the build thread for @Xterror04. His is done with leafs and the Pathy shackle kit.
     
  10. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Sliders Supporting Member

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    wait... we have holes for shackles??? I need to look into this again!
     
  11. JeffPro4x

    JeffPro4x Hot Pipe Moderator Supporting Member

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    I believe Nisstec sells a kit for leafs up front.

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  12. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Yep. The basics are there. But it still needs a sleeve and bushing kit for the frame.
    And Rugged Rocks. The kit is technically for a 90s Pathy. But it works on the Xterra frame.
     
  13. mantree

    mantree First Fill-Up (of many)

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    How do the struts mount on the nisstec kit? Dose it use the same springs as the rear? They are about 60 miles south of me, and by far the best price. I could grab a set of axles from the wrecking yard.

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  14. Prime

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    You're on your own on shock mounts. I think Luke's truck uses Bronco shock mounts.
     
  15. xterror04

    xterror04 Site sponsor Founding Member

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    I have the truck pictured above. I love my leaf spring setup.. the Nisstec kit doesn't cover the shock mounts, I used shock towers for a f250, but didn't like the way they sat so I ended up getting shock hoops made. Www.nissannut.com has a ton of info on the setups.
     
  16. diablo3662

    diablo3662 Bought an X

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    You can use 70-79 Ford axles I have 78 Ford. d44HP axle and a rear D60 in my garage. Also you can use Wagoneer axles . 80-85 don't have a Vacuum disconnect. Which is ideal. But u can use 86-89 but they are weaker and have the vacuum disconnect means u have to by pass it also

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  17. diablo3662

    diablo3662 Bought an X

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    And yeah you can do Leaves. Jared Bonney makes the Leaf kit for the front

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  18. mantree

    mantree First Fill-Up (of many)

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    since I am finally getting a house with a garage I am thinking of getting my SAS. Did you use f150 axles? There are about a million later 70s f150s being parted out around here.
     
  19. harryron

    harryron Titan Swapped / SAS'd Supporting Member

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    Try to stay away from the axles from 79 they have cast spring purches. I'm not sure on what other years have them. I was told the idea axle would be from a 76 but they are hard to find.
     

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