Whitfield, thanks for the heads up & tech. Mike Hagen's builds & innovation are legendary
I didn't realize they were two different trucks, but I'm definitely interested in the long-travel dual A-arm setup (moving to shocks, and away from aftermarket strut limitations). I think his new uppers are actually Calmini lowers from their 3" lift kit? If they're the stockers, though - that would be sweet - makes my life easier.
I thought the Calmini diff was modified by him? If not, can I replicate it by cutting down the 'long side' axle, and re-welding it to the anvil? I'm thinking maybe do this with a steel front off a Toyota: Opens up the gearing & locker options, replaces the weak aluminum diff with a steel one, and should make bolting up Toy CVs much easier. Maybe I can find someone doing toy SAS swap and get their front-end components to play with?
I need to figure out what to do about the steering still - I'm reading in some dessert-running boards how they do their IFS, but I'm pretty confused right now trying to learn all the new terminology. Should 500ppi springs work even with a 4-door, bull bumper & winch, or should I go to a higher rate? I like RockRat's work, and am looking forward to his lift, but he's saying it won't provide any additional flex. 37" tires with stock flex just won't do. I want to have something that can keep up with most SAS in rocks, but do better than SAS in sand, jumps & on-road.