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Old October 22nd, 2008, 06:00 PM   #1
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i have a 92 explorer, with a trashed TTB front axle, i have a 79 straight 44 out of a bronco, been measuring and found that the radius arm brackets are gonna go right where my tranny crossmember bolts on. whats the easiest fabrication, or any other tips for this swap would be helpful. also have a 9 inch rear thats goin into this.
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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the swap is not hard look at cheapthrillb2 build are you going to run leafs or coils in the front?
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 12:59 PM   #3
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build a new cross member with the radius arm mounts attached.

Are you narrowing it?
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Old October 24th, 2008, 05:19 PM   #4
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nope, full size. and running coils.
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ditch the factory crossmember. You can fab one up easily, flat steel and drill holes. This makes so the radius arm lays up against it flat under the frame.
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almost done already, all i did was swapped radius arm brackets from side to side, and turned them around backwards. still used the stock crossmember. just need shocks and brakes and the fronts done. then on to the 9 inch rear.
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i would have built longer arms. those stock arms are gonna suck for flex. when we put my dads together we did 13 in longer than stock 79 arms. didnt have to mess with the crossmember, used the 79 radius arm brackets, and got more flex in the meanwhile.
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we'll see what happens, if i have problems, we'll take the torch to them. thanx.
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have ya got any pics of how shes lookin? what coils did ya go with?
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used coils that were in it. 4 inch rough country. worked great.
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I'm running factory Ford arms under my MJ and it's not the arms that sucked, it was the poly C-bushing I first used. They were horrible! I went back to the stock rubber bushings and the truck maxes out the flex it can have (considering the stock flares and shock length). I've got some longer shocks now and can't wait to see what she'll do.
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ill try to get some pics.
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on 36 inch swampers, didnt turn out too bad. 44 front and 9inch rear. possible 4.88s and lockers all around next weekend. too much fun to be had.
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