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DZK007
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I've been busy.....

Postby DZK007 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 8:50 pm

I asked what ye'all thought about my explorer style rear diffy swap and I think it turned out better than expected.
I dropped the springs down under the frame using two sets of frame mounts from an explorer. The spring packs are almost stock and a pair of custom mounted Rancho RS9000 shocks work pretty well keeping the 8.8 diffy doing what it should.
I used a cheap set of James Duff traction bars for the bar link and hardware but I had to make custom mounting brackets. Not too hard with a torch and drill press.... man I love free iron!!!
This truck is real capable even with the 235-15" tires. I can't wait till I get some 33's for it.
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The front has a 4" lift and the ground is level. I just thought someone might be wondering how it turned out......
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DZK007
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Postby DZK007 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:18 pm

The front of the spring.
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Bronco susp 1.jpg
mounting bracket from an '02
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DZK007
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Postby DZK007 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:22 pm

Traction Bars. Gotta have em!!!
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Homemade axle mount uses the original 7.5" diffy's sway bar mounts
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DZK007
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Postby DZK007 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:25 pm

Shackle end. I used a pair of mounts from a '96 at this end of the spring with the stock BII shackles.
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Bronco susp 3.jpg
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DZK007
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Postby DZK007 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:29 pm

The front....
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Yup. no sway barz....
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DZK007
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Postby DZK007 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:35 pm

While I had it apart I replaced the seats also.
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At least the truck has a few redeeming qualities....
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Postby DBrown » Sun Apr 10, 2005 8:09 am

did you realy need the traction bars?
how did it do with out them?
most of the time traction bars limit the axle.
do you have any flex shots?
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DZK007
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It has lots of flex

Postby DZK007 » Sun Apr 10, 2005 8:15 pm

The traction bars pivot from the front perch bolt of the spring and don't limit the travel a bit - just keep the diffy from wrapping the springs up and destroying the driveshaft. I jump it quite often (at least 10 times just today) and it lands real nice.

I'll see if I can get a couple flex shots soon but I don't have a digital camera.
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Postby ranger5.0 » Mon Apr 11, 2005 10:13 pm

Nice work :cool:
EBSteve just likes to watch me break things.:-)
420HP and 775Ft lbs Now it is time to break things.

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Postby OCD4B2 » Tue Apr 12, 2005 1:28 am

Good job I like how it turned out. By the way, the size of those tires is pimp :cool:
230,000 miles and she still turns heads

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Postby no v8? why drive? » Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:50 am

can you get a pic of the front mount of the traction bar? The b2 I bought blew a rear end for the same reason and I dont want it to happen agian.
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DZK007
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Postby DZK007 » Wed Apr 20, 2005 3:36 pm

can you get a pic of the front mount of the traction bar? The b2 I bought blew a rear end for the same reason and I dont want it to happen agian.

The mount I made is just some 1/8 wall angle iron with a hole in each face and bolted down with the spring eye bolt. Try to keep the spring eye hole as close to the angle wall as possible so the pivot point is as close to the spring's as is convenient. :redneck: Mine look pretty hack but they work......

Good job I like how it turned out. By the way, the size of those tires is pimp

I'm saving for some 32's and 4:56 gears. I'll run these till then.... :puke:


I wish I had a digital camera but right now I'm at the mercy of my soon to be ex-brother-in-law......
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Postby offroadohio » Sun May 08, 2005 12:18 am

Hows the stability of it?

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Postby ranger5.0 » Tue May 10, 2005 7:47 pm

I kept eating u-joints cause of the axle wrap with the lift blocks. Sure could of used one of those. :D
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Postby DZK007 » Wed Jul 13, 2005 9:08 pm

Hows the stability of it?
It runs real stable offroad but without swaybars it is a pig on the road. I'm going to get the front bar back on so I can run it on the highway to go to some trail runs and things without having to trailer it.

I kept eating u-joints cause of the axle wrap with the lift blocks. Sure could of used one of those.
Yup! My last broken driveshaft is what pushed me to do this one.......
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