Re: Thinking about doing a DIY TTB Dana 50HD
I wouldn't fault Ramsey one bit for not giving you his specs. After all he has spent years refining his suspension, and that accumulated knowledge is truly his trade secret. His is not only TTB but "long travel." I am not sure what that means.
On the other hand, I say go for it. Build a poor man's Agile TTB front suspension. And please post pictures of your build. I am driving a TTB Dana 40 in my 1995 Bronco right now and it is still relatively tight so I still like it. I was a little grumpy with the TTB in my 1993 Bronco (which I bought new) because it got a little loose at 200K miles and caused uneven tire wear -- I should have replaced the bushings and rebuilt it but bought the 95 out of Texas instead.
On the other hand, the Dana 60 coil sprung solid axle on my 2002 7.3L E350 has very little travel and sucks when it bottoms out. My 1976 E250 Pathfinder 4x4 conversion had a solid axle with leaf springs. It was a beast to drive, but a good beast. On the 2002 E350, even though I have had to fight the Death Wobble, I think I like the coil sprung suspension better. But I am not sure about the solid axle so it seems like the TTB Dana 50 with coils would be the cat's meow. My Bronco's TTB is coil. I am not sure if Ramsey's is coil or leaf.
You may want to post your build thread over at ford-trucks.com as well. People with more knowledge than me will be happy to help you and we all love suspension porn!
2002 E350 ext.; 160K; 7.3L; 4R100 (w/4x4 deep pan & filter); 4x4 conv. w/2007 F250/F350 coil frnt axle (oppos. dual Bilstein press. shocks cured DW) diff chg from 3.55 to 3.73 (bad!); BW1356 t.c. (bad!); LT265/70R17/E Michelin LTX M/S2; Engel MT60 Combi Fridge-Freezer; 4 BP 380J pv panels; Auragen 5kw AC gen. in top alt. position; Webasto Dual-Top; Voyager top. 1995 5.8L EB Bronco, bone stock.