Anyone out there attempted to swap out the GM IFS for a SFA?? Would it be an expensive endeavour or undoable?
i have helped a friend of mine do this kit and it is not all that hard at all we just used a 2 wheel drive steering box and made a cross over steering system for it and you dont have to get a dana 60oru has a kit with all of the bracketry and directions, you supply the axle (dana 60) and suspension/steering components aswell as a custom tailored drive shaft!
you dont have to spend 6000 buck for this because you can just get a newer ford front axle with ABS rotors and everything for a lot less than that and you will have a nice complete axle to up under your truckIf you have the $5000+ to spend on the dynatrac plus the $650 for the abs kit. The ORU axels are made by dynatrac also. Then yah you can keep the abs. It was a little rich for my blood and thats what turned me off about the kit.
they will work you just have to cut the pads off and weld new ones in i have not checked this kit out in a long time but i think it comes with everything you need but the axle and steering but i belive you can order everything you need for them or make your own because that is what we did we fabed alot of parts to get it done and we also just used a chevy front axle becasue we put the t-case on the other side but as far as the abs i'm sure their is an adapter or something for them but not sureThe 99 & up Ford D50's,D60's won't work on the HD's because the ABS rings don't have the same count as the GM trucks. And all HD chevy's have a 3 blind sector shaft, so no aftermarket pitman arm will fit on it. The sector shaft has to be swapped out. The spring pad width is also too wide to use with the ORU kit, so you'd have to fabricate all of the spring hangers, and they would be WAY outside the frame. Measure the frame width on your HD to see that it's right at 32" center to center.----Chris
yupThe super duty axles have a 38" spring pad width, with the drivers side perch casted in the housing. It is physically impossible to move the drivers side spring perch inward, and moving the pass side perch will make the axle offset. There also isn't any way to adapt the ABS, the truck requires a certain pulse from the sensors, they all have to match. Also, running the stock ball joint pitman arm isn't a good idea, it's not strong enough to be used with a solid axle. It only has to support the drivers side of the steering in an IFS, do you think it's strong enough to withstand a crossover steering with anything larger than a stock tire? I don't. I've never seen a homeade solid axle conversion that looked safe.----Chris