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Solid Axle Swap Buyers Guide

Posted in Features on July 1, 2006
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We've been working on independent front suspensions during the last few months, testing parts, breaking parts, obtaining ideas, giving ideas, creating plans.... And we think we might have some good, hard-core IFS stuff for you in the not-too-distant future. But for now, we have to back our old favorite, the solid-axle swap onto IFS trucks. If you're planning on something like this, then check out this buyer's guide to see if one of these companies might be able to help you.

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Applications: '88-'06 Chevy IFS fullsizes, Ford Ranger, and '80-'03 F-150
The Guts: Solid-axle swaps to get ride of IFS or TTB in the front of 4x4s, bolt-on solid-axle conversion kits.
Information: Fabritech Motorsports,, (buy at) or

Front Range Off Road
Applications: '86-'95 Toyotas, '95-'04 Tacoma
The Guts: 1/4-inch plate front spring hangers, 3/8-inch plate shackles, graphite-impregnated polyurethane bushings.
Information: Front Range Off Road, 970.881.2418,

Marlin Crawler
Applications: '86-'95 Toyota
The Guts: Yields up to 21 inches of travel using a '79-'85 Toyota front axle, Marlin front springs, all hardware included, Bilstein shocks, high-steer arms, pitman arm, shock hoops, spring hangers, crossover steering system, and new brakes and brake lines.
Information: Marlin Crawler, 559. 252.7295,

Rusty's Off-Road
Applications: Jeep Liberty, new IFS Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Guts: TBA
Information: Rusty's Off-Road, 256. 442.0607,

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