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    OK, what started out as a dream last year finally became a reality - I will write everything in a detailed report with pictures and post this ASAP...
    In short, we took on this project after breaking the front diff yet again (3rd one broken) - also, with the SFA vs IFS wheel travel, the decision was quickly made

    Bought the axle, had it completely rebuilt and overhauled, i.e. new hubs, new discs, new calipers, new sideshafts, new crownwheel and pinion, new bearings and seals...
    Then, took the bakkie in to have the rear axle diff ratios matched to the front, all round running on 4.88 ratios

    I must firstly thank all the people involved for their assistance in planning and finally building the conversion, special thanks to Uys, David Maritx, Nico Prins and Albert, without you guys this would still only have been a dream. andre, Tiaan, DVR, HenriS, Sakkie and all others who helped with guidance and advice - thank you, the project is a huge success

    Back to the vehicle, we fitted the axle using Land Rover Trailing arms and Land cruiser 70 series shocks (custom made by East Rand Spring works - 18mm coils rather than 14 and longer than the longerst cruiser shocks available). Shocks are TJM XGS shocks all round, same ones used in the rear, standard fitted to the Land Cruiser 70 series with 3"lift
    Stearing is a combination of Ford and Toyota parts and some custom bushes, etc.
    All brackets are made from 6mm or greater steel - thanks Uys for all the laser profiling and design

    Ens result, bakkie handles like a dream, stands 270mm higher than the standard stock 2.5 Ranger and has all the wheel travel required
    Pity the trails would have to wait a little longer...
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    Ok I will post some pics as we go along with the thread but here is a few sneaks to see what happened when it was tested at De Wildt!

    Christo I think with regards to the project we enjoyed it also with you and a pleasure from us all if I may speak from everyone!

    Special thanks to Uys!

    The main project pictures are on my laptop and is not available right now so I will definately add them as we go along.

    Christo I think the Ford IS definately something to be talked about!
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    Some Pics...
    the back we had to lift to get level with the front - fitted 60mm spacers between the leafs and axles, as well as longer shackles. Also moved the LHS rear shock to the back of the axle and changed the shock mounts on the chassis to lift them 80mm

    In the front, the trailing arm brackets on the axle are adjustable to allow the caster to be set - after wheel alignment the caster angle is at 3 degrees - thanks to Frans Prins who helped with a plan to get that set up correctly
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    And at this stage he is not even aware that the Ford is finished. Oom Frans jammer maar dit moes "stil" gehou word eers maar loer na die prentjies en baie dankie! Dis hoekom ons se gekarring het oor die GTG...
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    that is a hell of a truck christo!
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    Is it a monster; is it a monster-truck no no its a Ford Ranger...
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    Daai lyk klomp oulik Christo..... Ek sal haar graag in die veld wil sien.....
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    Well done, guys!
    I am not a complete idiot - there are still some parts missing
    Please don't send me a PM without direct contact details
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    Truly a magnificent achievement8) It looks extreme to say the least, astounding what can be done with a bit or a lot willpower
    Well done!
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    Sakkie

    As daai bakkie nou los kom is daar geen stop aan die klein outjie met die groot bakkie nie. Ek dink as hy kan ry hy gondpad werk toe en terug. Net omdat hy wil
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoP View Post
    ....Net omdat hy wil
    ....lyk vir my meer na 'n geval van "...net omdat hy kan...."
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    With apologies to Hugh Grant:

    Divine! How much?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hagu13 View Post
    With apologies to Hugh Grant:

    Divine! How much?

    Not a cheap exercise! But worth the while I am considering it a lot and the reason therefor is to get a better offroad/onroad vehicle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Maritz View Post
    Not a cheap exercise! But worth the while I am considering it a lot and the reason therefor is to get a better offroad/onroad vehicle!
    So ek kan myne maar bring as ek genoeg gespaar het
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajduplooy View Post
    So ek kan myne maar bring as ek genoeg gespaar het
    Jip nie probleem nie!

    Jy moet soek daar is Vigo SAS conversions wat baie LEKKER is!
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    Ek sal bietjie soek maar dit sal my heel laaste mod wees.
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    You old so and so of a this and that.
    Just when I thought Ive spent enough on mods.
    Now I will never sleep.
    Congratulations!
    (when can I book my vehicle?)

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    Some more pics after the weekend - thanks David Maritz for the pics
    Soem fien tuning required:

    1 - brackets that hold the coil springs in place need to be modofied, going to add a "disc" to hold the coils in the centre of the bracket, this will assist in reducing squeeking
    2 - shock mounts on the axle need to be lowered, this will provide more upward articulation and as a result more downward articulation on the opposite side
    3 - Coim mount on the Drivers Side on the axle needs adjustment, will be sorted the weekend, to ensure that the dislocation cone is in the centre of the coil

    The fine tuning starts now. There is no manual, only logic and trial and error. Only by driving it will we find the optimal trade-off
    It is already awesome off road though and on-road handling is good, can drive 120 without worrying about stability
    at the moment still with 32" tyres, 33x10.5R15 to follow once these are worn down
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    Geez , looks awsome !!, nou is hy eers standard !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gadgetman View Post
    Geez , looks awsome !!, nou is hy eers standard !!
    I don't see any other Ford Ranger Supercab SFA's, so this one must be stock standard
    Only other SFA Ranger is Offroad junkie's former Ranger, which is pretty close to this one, but double cab, so it affirms, SFA rangers come stock standard like this
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