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Old August 11th, 2008, 11:10 AM   #1
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I bought an 89 Bronco II about 3 months ago with 150,000 and am currently trying to build it in the safest and cheapest manner i can. i am not looking to run moab or the Rubicon trail anytime soon but want something that i can drive every day and have fun with on the weekend.

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Dana 28 front
Manual hubs
locked front
3.73 gears
ford 7.5 rear
Open Diff.
rebuilt A4LD auto trans
electric BW1350 T-case
Stock 2.9 V-6
Explorer leafs
Explorer Coils
2" BDS Lift Blocks

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235x75-R15 BFG track edge radials on factory wheels
off road
old 31X8-15 Goodyear Mud grip tires on 15x7 soft 8 steelies
spare tire
30x9.5-R15 BFG Mt on Steel Cherokee wheel


Total Cost So Far:
bronco $1000
road ATs and wheels $125
Goodyear mud grips and wheels $155
explorer coils $35
explorer leafs $100
u-bolts $20
2" blocks $30
tow hooks $20
CB radio $25
new drive shaft and repair $550
front brakes $25
break caliper $20
lights $50
Royal purple and wix filter $50
air filter $15
Transmission rebuild $1,250
Spark plugs $20
Transmission Breather extension $5
intake cleaning $70
Rear Diff. flush and cleaning $20
cap and rotor $25
plug wires $25
2 Rotors $90
2 Caliper rebuild kits $12
lifetime pads $24
Mobile 1 oil and Pure 1 filter $30
Brake shoes $25
Wheel cylinders $25
Spring kit $5
pockets and shackles $85
Axle joints (all three) $60
front axle shafts $20
spindles $10
Dust shields $10
Hub tool $15
James duff radious arm bushings $17
James Duff leaf spring bushings $35
motor mounts $20
u-joint straps $5
locker $250
C-clip eliminator $10


total $4372

its not that much of a wheeler but it is OK and i have alot of fun with it. the fuel economy sucks but oh well.

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Old August 11th, 2008, 11:11 AM   #2
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when i bought it. Yes that is an issue of field and stream in the dash.
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Old August 11th, 2008, 11:15 AM   #3
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cool, doesnt look too bad at all, i miss my little bronco.
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Old August 11th, 2008, 01:21 PM   #4
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Nice B2.
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Old August 12th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #5
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i paid $1000. i thought that was a fair deal, nothing fenominal but fair.
i picked up the used explorer coils for the front $35
hoping they will raise the front back to stock height, maybe a little higher.
Uniden PC66-$25
this will get mounted after the exterior is done for the summer. setting up the Cb should be fairly inexpensive, a good project to keep me busy for part of the school year.

A picture of a custom built (hacksawed) wrench i used to hold the nut on the back side of the front spring pockets when i installed the explorer Leafs.

i would like to get a grill guard on the front before school starts to mount my lights and cb antenna on. i will also need it in place before i mount the tow hooks. should be able to straighten out front bumper when i do all that.

finally i found a roof rack for $105 shipped i plan on mounting to the roof to hold a full sized spare. and hopefully give me a place to put a deer this fall.
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Old August 12th, 2008, 09:35 PM   #6
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i was also thinking of putting 1" blocks in the rear and hocky pucks under the coils while things are loose, mostly because it is cheap and would help with rubbing issues.

Has anybody ever used hockey pucks as coil spacers?
Are they safe?
they must be as storong if not stronger than polyurithane spacers.

when you submit any feedback just keep in mind three things
1 its not an expensive jeep it only cost me $1000
2 i dont plan on running Drumond island anytime soon (with this)
3 i dont have the deepest pockets, i am 18 i graduated in the spring, and just quit my job to go to college where i will have even less money to work with.

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Old August 12th, 2008, 10:14 PM   #7
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yeah hockey pucks will work i know a couple people who have used them cuz they were low on cash to and they held up
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Old August 13th, 2008, 02:17 AM   #8
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just cut the fenders....cheap if not free.
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i am not comforable with fender cuting and you have to relocate the inner shroud. just seems like a lot of work and time. blocks and spacers would be faster and easier.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 04:59 PM   #10
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hockey pucks work, but they can break, my dad had some one his EB when he was 18, he lost 2 pucks while riding trails because they broke.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 02:29 AM   #11
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instaled Explorer coils yeserday. PITA, sombody in TRS said to use a 1-1/8" combo wrench. garbage. i destroyed the first nut doing so. i believe it is either a 28mm or 1-1/16. after mauling the first nut i just torched the coils off and hammered a 27mm impact socket onto the nut and lit it up. a short time and alot of WD-40 later they were off. to reattach i couldn't find a 27mm wrench so i had to buy a 1-1/16" wrench which fit nicely.

in the end i got the coils on in 4 hours by myself and they look and ride good. the new coils gave me a 2" lift in the front. now the back sits an inch lower. Now, since the u-bolts are fresh i can slip some 2" spacers in no problem so the rear rides 1" high. should look good and eliminate all rubbing issues, completely. Overall things are going quite well.
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 01:08 PM   #12
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put the blocks in last night. looks alot better. will need new shocks soon. stock wont allow full flex, besides they are worn out any way. also had it washed but it rained and i live on dirt. waste of $5.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 01:16 AM   #13
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next i need to put a new muffler and sparkplugs in than i can mount a brush guard, lights and tow hooks should look cool. i am going to buy a black powdercoated jcwhitney bumper mount grill and brush guard mainly so i have a place to mount lights, i also think it looks good. I am also going to weld a tab to mount a cb antenna and put some kind of black finish on it. reviews say that if you dont put something on it the welds will begin to rust. already have everything except the guard.

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keep up the good work. As far as the coil nuts ive always used a deepwell 1 1/8 socket, long extension through the top of the coil bucket down through, and a breaker bar. Sticking a wrench through the coils SUCKS!
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i tried the 1-1/8 and it stripped the crap out of one nut, before i decided to torch the springs and hammer a 27mm impact socket on. i believe the nut is a metric. when i level it out a little (thinking .5"-1" up front) i'll buy new nuts for the studs. on second thought i could just use a your method with 27mm since i resized the nut. either way i'll meed to buy four new shocks before i can redo it all.
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How is the front alignment now?
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well actually before i did the springs my front wheels looked like this / \ not good, new springs got them pretty close to straight and leveling it out should still allow for propper alignment, if i ever make it a high enough priority to dish out the money. wont do it if i dont think it is necessary.

For the record how much do you guys think an allignment should cost?

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Old August 25th, 2008, 12:57 PM   #18
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with toe set $50 if you need alignment bushings anywhere from $100-$200 depending on shop or one or two bushings

and do yourself a favor and if you get it aligned make sure you find a shop with a alignment guy who is familar with the TTB.
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cool, coming along nicely

x2 on finding a guy who knows the TTB
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trimming the front doesnt look to hard, just follow the rust
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