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Old 09-06-2009, 10:19 AM
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I need a 4x4 entusiast to give me a heads up on what I'm running in to. I'm swapping the dana 28 ttb and 7.5 rear for a 9' and dana 44 front from a 76 bronco (the little skinny ones) what should i do for my front coils and steering. I will be building my own long arms in my shop i have many a tools and lots experiance but have never done a small trail rig thats also a daily driver and had to be reliable on road. so if someones been there or knows give me a heads up on what is best if you learned by mistakes.
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:22 PM
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when you say skinny little ones, i'm assuming you're talking about the Early bronco... but yes, most guys use EB coil springs to lift it, and you CAN use the stock coil bucket, just gotta modify it a bit. remember the track bar mount, don't wanna weld it to the frame, it starts cracking, and then you're screwed. but do you have disc brakes on that front end yet? btw, those EB d44 stock axle shafts have the same size u-joint as the d35 on a ranger, it'd be worth your time to up them to chromo poly shafts, IMO. for steering, just measure knuckle to knuckle with tires as straight as possible, get the shaft made and measure from the knuckle up to the pitman arm... just wanna get it as accurate as possible.

how high are ya wanting to lift it? what are your plans for shocks, tire size? any motor swap plans? oh and is that 9" the big bearing or small bearing? cause if its the small bearing(i think most EB 9" are small bearing) you might as well get an 8.8 out of an explorer cause its stronger. and you can get a "super kit" for it, that beefs the sh*t outta it.
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93 ranger ext. cab 4.0L auto 6" SJ/custom lift--37" super swamper truxs M/T tires--lock rite locker w/ 4.56 gears up front--warn hubs--exploder 8.8 w/ disc brakes 4.56 gears and detriot locker--one-piece driveline--bushwacker cut-out flares--Bilstein 5150 shocks--2 10" xcite subs w/ 1600W Crunch amp-- tinted windows

waiting for: dual steering stabilizer, put on 3" body lift(in my room), dual shock setup, electric fan, possible SAS with a waggy D44
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:50 AM
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yeah early bronc and big bearing good to 1100 hp so they say. I never liked the 8.8 i saw my old roomate tear them up in his old stang on the strip. i'm upping the shafts to 35 spline and goin w/ 4.56's. this is a cheap build i am making i'll be running 35's spooled rear and lockright front. All my rigs use spools so daily driving in low traction conditions is not an issue for me i'll be fabbing my own long arms and track bar. right now i'll just wheel it the way it is till it breaks and do it al at once. it's on 33's now with a 3in. body lift and fender trimming.
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Old 09-07-2009, 01:26 PM
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well the 8.8 is a pretty damn strong rearend, i swapped out the stock ranger 8.8 (28 spline) for the explorer 8.8 (31 spline). i figure i'll eventually have enough money to get that super kit for it, and beef it up even more. but that rear that i have can handle like 39" tires w/o any upgrades on it, so i figure i'll be safe. did your roommate tear up the guts or shafts?

yeah its pretty easy to swap in, just takes some time. mostly just takin the time to beef up that eb d44 before ya put it in will take the most time cause of the smaller u-joints, and getting disc brakes on it. You should check out the therangerstation.com they've got A LOT of information on SAS and lots of guys usually have a project in progress on there with a SAS. would be worth your time to check it out i think.
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93 ranger ext. cab 4.0L auto 6" SJ/custom lift--37" super swamper truxs M/T tires--lock rite locker w/ 4.56 gears up front--warn hubs--exploder 8.8 w/ disc brakes 4.56 gears and detriot locker--one-piece driveline--bushwacker cut-out flares--Bilstein 5150 shocks--2 10" xcite subs w/ 1600W Crunch amp-- tinted windows

waiting for: dual steering stabilizer, put on 3" body lift(in my room), dual shock setup, electric fan, possible SAS with a waggy D44
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