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Old 10-30-2017, 05:15 AM
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Default 92 2 wheel drive I beam question

The truck I bought has a bent I beam and I have removed it and looking to pull a part lots for a replacement are there any other vehicles that are interchangeable with 2wheel drive 4cyl 5sp?
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Old 10-30-2017, 08:01 AM
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The truck I bought has a bent I beam and I have removed it and looking to pull a part lots for a replacement are there any other vehicles that are interchangeable with 2wheel drive 4cyl 5sp?
I have a 92 and I pulled my beams from my 2 wheel drive.

Mine is a 1992 extended cab 2 wheel drive 4.0 manual... I'm sure the beam is the same?

I can sell you some beams if you can't find them just let me know if you want pictures
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Old 10-30-2017, 02:00 PM
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I have found some but wondered about explorers and if they have the same beams....I was close to trying a mustangII front end after taking that beam off without airtools in my driveway lol

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Old 10-30-2017, 08:43 PM
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Default Re: 92 2 wheel drive I beam question

This is relative in the sense that IF you use other beams from other years, you will undoubtedly need the corresponding brakes to accompany them.

The 1983-1994 front brake is a single piston caliper with slide pins. In 1995 the caliper was upgraded to a dual piston (2-piston) caliper and the rotor was upgraded to 1.023 inches thick. The caliper bolts to the steering knuckle and does not use slide pins.


1989-1994: In order to add the dual piston (2-piston) caliper and larger rotor to your 1989-1994 Ford Ranger (or 1989-1990 Ford Bronco II), you'll need to swap your existing steering knuckle to a 1995-1997 knuckle.

If you want the new brakes to be easy to connect on a 1989-1994 (and some late 1988's) you need to order a NON-ABS Brake hose for the drivers side from a 1997. 1997 was the ONLY year that ford made any Non-ABS two piston trucks (I have no idea why).

The 1989-1994's without ABS use the frame end of the drivers side brake hose as a T-block to split the brake line off the master cylinder to the left and right side brakes (Thus the NON ABS hose) If on the other hand you have an ABS equipped 1993-1994 you want the ABS hoses.

1983-1988: These axle beams are different than the 1989-1997 beams. In 1989, Ford moved the ball joints from the beam to the steering knuckle. So you can not swap the 1995-1997 steering knuckles on to these beams. The dual piston calipers will only fit the 1995-1997 steering knuckles, and those knuckles can only be swapped on to the 1989-1994 beams. So if you have a 1983-1988, you'll need to swap in a 1989-1994 beam, or swap in a 1995-1997 beam with the dual piston calipers.

The 1983-1988 Ford Ranger / Bronco II (except for some late 1988's) have a separate T-block mounted to the frame that divides the brake line, and a short line that runs from the block to the drivers side hose. So, the 1995-1997 ABS hose will work fine

Dana 35: On a Dana 35 or Dana 35 hybrid truck (Dana 35 beam with Dana 28 gears) you swap over the 1995-1997 Ranger steering knuckles, calipers, caliper brackets and rotors (the spindle, shaft, lockout hubs, etc are all the same and interchangeable).

If you are retrofitting a two-piston brake Dana 35 TTB (1995-1997 Dana 35) on to an earlier Ranger or Bronco II, you specifically want the ABS style brake hoses.
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:14 PM
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Wow that is some info right there...I am keeping the brakes and spindle and mostly wondered if 92 explorer had the same beams seeing how I need other stuff like bench seat and interior parts and a front bumper and can get a 92 explorer for $400 bucks with out a title and it would make a great parts vehicle but not sure if I beams are the same as the rangers
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:31 PM
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well an Explorer setup is a bit wider.. I believe 2.5" total wider. I have 8.8 Rear end 3:73 open diff and 1.25" spacers so my 04' AWD Explorer Sport wheels fit where they're suppose to with a different offset, which I can get the differences if need be.
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:13 AM
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Default Re: 92 2 wheel drive I beam question

That truck must have been in one hell of a wreck to bend an I Beam.
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Old 11-02-2017, 02:50 PM
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That is what I thought could the bushing that bolts the I beam to the chassis be messed up and causing the rediculously bad camber I have?

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Old 11-02-2017, 02:52 PM
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If it is a bushing I'll forgive myself for the additional work I have done but this is my first venture into I beams....and I really like this truck...
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:25 PM
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Ok in the morning I am buying new bushings for the i beam and for radius arms and the worse that can happen is it could still need an i beam and I will then have new bushings for the new i beam....wish me luck and if all goes well I will be driving this truck to work monday
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Old 11-03-2017, 05:33 PM
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Good luck!
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Old 11-05-2017, 10:02 AM
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Ok I have looked at many different I beams and none have the twist that this one has...though the axis bushing isnt in the best shape I am thinking it is the beam...anyone have an opinion? I am ready to drive this truck and worry about stuff like the radio it doesnt have lol...I can get one out of a 93 ranger at LKQ but it takes awhile with hand tools and the bolt on the radius arm is a real MOFO to get off...any and I do mean any opinions would be nice....
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Old 11-05-2017, 11:26 AM
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If you take the 93' beams, you need to take it all, Radius arms, spindles/knuckles, calipers, beams, and I'd even take the steering arm control. it will come apart in 2 pieces if you have a friend its not too bad. I've wrestled with this 94' TTB by myself a couple times, but not by choice.

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Old 11-05-2017, 02:04 PM
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Hey I got your message and sent you a message back. I'm going to go take pictures and post them here in a couple of minutes
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Old 11-05-2017, 02:29 PM
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A little rusty and crusty but they are definitely solid. Mostly just covered in oil from valve cover leak
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