The independent front suspension was torched off and discarded in favor of a Dana 44 that Ken built himself from salvage-yard stock. It features 5.89:1 gears and a Detroit Locker in the third member. The front leaf packs are Rancho's 44044 series, designed for a Jeep Wagoneer. They afford about 4 inches of lift mounted over the axle. The shackles were moved to the front to give more stability when descending steep climbs and to keep the front tires from stuffing into the fenderwells. The beefy Hi-Steer drag link and tie rod are up out of the way and came from All Pro Off Road.