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Old 06-20-2006, 09:27 PM   #1
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Hello from the Piney Woods of East Texas

Thought I'd be a little neighborly and say hello.

Picked up a really nice, low mile, '96 Bronco a few months ago and am quickly on my way to full blow addiction. Compared to my past projects, I went from seeing how fast I can go, to seeing how slow LOL. Having a blast though and really enjoying being able to include the family for a change. Helps convince the wife to let me buy parts LOL

A buddy (who is now hooked and spending too much $ on a 4runner) and I have made it out to Barnwell a few times. Been down a lot of the 3s and definately picked out a few spots to work toward conquering LOL. Time to get busy

Picking up parts for a SAS in a few weeks, got bumpers to build, etc etc...you know the drill.

Anyway, here's the picture version for those inclined...

First time I saw the Bronco
Posing on some dirt--yes, it is shameless
First Barnwell trip to break it in. Buddy took Dodge PU, which led to the purchase of the 4runner (though the big Dodge actually did very well!)
Last Barnwell trip. Finally getting to have some fun <--These are probably the best pics so far.

Of course the really good pics don't get taken cause I'm too busy driving

Look forward to meeting everyone and see you on the trail.

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Paul, you might have better luck finding a Chevy front D60, cutting the axle tubes and moving the diff. for driver drop. One of the guys off this board at Barnwell the first of July that did this to his.
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That's an interesting idea I hadn't really thought about. Hmmm....

It's definately easier (and cheaper) to find Chevy/Dodge D60s these days. Ford TTB brainfart lasted too long.
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That is a really clean Bronco.

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Nice looking rig. Isn't it amazing how much fun going slow can be.
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Thanks guys. It was a good find, but it's not perfect. Nice enough to enjoy driving every day but not too nice that I don't mind wheelin'. It's already picked up a few trail scars, but it's all been worth it so far.

Of course I can't just leave it alone and enjoy it. Gotta make it "better"...ya know how it is... ...
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Old 06-21-2006, 08:24 AM   #9
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LOL

I took the bypass the time before and there was NO way I was going to let my buddy and his 4runner out do me again Actually got through there pretty good except for a little scrape/ding on the back corner.
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Just a few seconds later...

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First Texas4x4 run we had at Gilmer, 9inches aka tightpants NKA Stretch and badboysbronco NKA Tx_Zuki both took the bypasses on everything.. That's why they are called Bronco Bypasses now.

they then sold their bronco's and bought Zukis..

IIRC This run is what got Old Goat back into wheelin as well... Now, He still has and wheels the same rig he bought after that run...
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Nice bronco...good to see another bronco on here. havnt' found to many. now i gotta get some pics of mine up on here. going to take some in about 20 minutes to throw up on here. whats your lift and tire size? j/c. i'm running 4" and 35"s and i was wondering if you were having any rubbing issues.

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welcome to the site, nice Bronco.
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Old 06-21-2006, 09:56 AM   #15
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4" stage II procomp, 33" BFG MT. Pulled the front and rear swaybars. No rubbing so far. Lifting it with the fork lift it'll get about 21-22" under the tire, front or back.

Once the solid axle is in the front and shackle flip is done in the back, I'll have 6-7" and will probably shoot for 36" tires. Gotta get a 10.25" for the rear first.
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what are you going with on the SAS to get the 6-7" in the front? thinking of doing this later on but not sure if its worth the trouble since its going to be my DD and tow rig.
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Nice bronco! I used to do the fast thing, and now enjoy going slow myself. Still have the fast ride to hop in and cure my need for speed every once in a while!...lol
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I intend for this to be my DD for as long as I can afford the gas. Going solid won't change the DD status...though ridiculous tires/gears might.

What spring you use depends on if you try to use TTB stuff and adapt it or use the older 70's upper and lower bracket. I like the older stuff. It makes a little cleaner install and I want to use the Superflex spring from http://www.broncograveyard.com/ If the old stuff, a spring that says it will lift 6" will lift 6". If you go TTB stuff and adapt it, it depends on the adapter. you'll get advertised lift + the adapter (often 1-1.5" inches more depending on how you build it).

Lots of good info here: http://www.fullsizebronco.com
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well if i did it i would probably try and keep my current stuff and find a way to adapt that to a SA.

here is a where my pics are, just added > http://www.texas4x4.org/showthread.p...651#post103651
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I'm thinking I'll probably come out better just selling the current lift kit as a complete setup and the older coils seem to flex better. Besides, not a big fan of having a ghetto fab adapter right where everyone can see. Lots of folks go that route though. Unfortunately, about the only thing you are really using is the springs. The rest of the TTB lift kit gets replaced. You don't have to mess with the upper spring mount though and figuring out the upper shock mount as you use the existing one.

I'll actually have a complete setup for using TTB springs in a few weeks, but will probably go ahead and sell the adapters and stuff and start shopping for the older parts.

Lots of ways to do the swap and I definately feel it's worth it both in reliability and flexibility.
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so i just swap over the springs if i stay coil spring and not go leaf spring? so i take the D44 SA and fab up a spring bucket for the axle and a way to mount the radius arms to the D44 and good to go?
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RAs - depending on the year of D44, you'll either have welded on brackets or bolt on for the arms. Or you can fab something if you are going custom.

Spring - if using TTB springs, you'll need to fab up something that will allow you to mount the lower cup to the axle. The TTB won't just bolt on. Most people make some type of adapter that goes between the mount on the axle and the cup.

Leafs are of course a completely different thing. One thing to consider with leafs is your "crumple zone" wich is the retarded zig-zag portion of your frame behind the front bumper wich is supposed to absorb an impact and makes Ford look good on paper for the feds. It seriously weakens the frame though and you'll have to reinforce it for doing leafs. It's been done, and really isn't that hard.

You should spend some quality time at www.fullsizebronco.com and read through all the stickies in the SAS forum. Crazy amounts of info and buildups there from leafs to coils, and on every version of big bronco.
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Old 06-21-2006, 11:04 AM   #23
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yeah just registered on there a few minutes ago...i'll start going through them.

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