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Old September 10th, 2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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i origanally bought a 79 bronco that was compleatley stripped from all body panels and interior bacically axles frame and body
as you can see here


then i decided to pull the axles out from under the bronco and proceed to strip the stock axles out of my 2001 jeep cherokee seen here

then after the rear axle was pulled the ford 9in was all prepped and ready for instalation





then the rear was all done the pinion angle set


then came the hard part finding out where the ford radius arm mounts go on the unibody frame



we kept running into problems lining the coils straight so it is about as straight it can be right now without wedges under the coil mount




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the track bar welded up

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Old September 11th, 2009, 01:15 AM   #2
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Needs some more 2x4's under those springs

ETA on next offroad outing or is this purely for show?
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Old September 11th, 2009, 09:22 AM   #3
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your going to brace that uni body there the arm brackets bolt to it i hope. thats not much of a frame there.
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Old September 11th, 2009, 09:25 AM   #4
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Did you stack lift blocks in the rear?
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Old September 11th, 2009, 09:59 AM   #5
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yeah i am going to make a brace between the radius arm mounts and brace the unibody frame also
and there is a 2 in block with a wedge ontop it is just tempoary untill i get new leafs for the rear
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Old September 11th, 2009, 11:11 AM   #6
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Wow, I haven't seen anyone use the ford radius arms on a jeep in about a decade. And those were CJ's. They wore out the bushings fairly quickly on there setups and replaced them yearly. There stuff got beat hard though.

You will love the stability of the full widths.
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Old September 14th, 2009, 01:31 AM   #7
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why didnt you go with the black rad arm bushings?
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Old September 14th, 2009, 01:35 AM   #8
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theres a bunch of radius armed rigs up here

-1 kid has a radius armed front and rear yj
-we straight axled with radius arms my roomates 90 bronco
-another kid radius armed a sonoma but has since converted to a leaf sprung front because he kept snapping radius arms

Matt when are u the front drum conversion, are you going to keep it in this thread or do a separate write up. Hickey's 70 would be a good donor
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Old September 14th, 2009, 01:38 AM   #9
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btw in the 1st shot of the radius arm bushing at the frame mount it looks like u have the bushing on wrong, did u put them on that way?
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i like the red
the front drum rear disc conversion is next on the list
and the mounts are on right
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x2 on the raid arm bushings, wich c bushings did you use on the axle? do you still have the bronco coil buckets? I got a write-up for 9" rear dics if you want it.
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Old September 14th, 2009, 11:20 AM   #12
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i used 7 degree c bushings and yeah i have the coil buckets still
and yeah id need the rear disc writeup
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alright wait, you told me you used the tie rod as a drag link, it looks like in the pic you used the drag link backwards as a drag link, what'd you do. you may also want to do something about the coils bowing, like a L bracket flat steel mount and re-bolt the coil mounts further in on them. if you ran that duel wedge to get the bolt straight you could mount the bracket so that the front to back coil angle held them vertically too. just a thought
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Old September 14th, 2009, 02:12 PM   #14
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yeah that will get done but the steering is being redone today were using cherokee pitman tie rod with sleeve to attach to the other tie rod on the tire to tire ill update a pic when i get it done tonight
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run out of gorilla glue?
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Old September 15th, 2009, 06:38 PM   #16
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ive never seen anyone put a radius arm bronco front end under an xj. looks good. i agree you will love the exta width
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Old September 17th, 2009, 08:30 AM   #17
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so how dose she ride?
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Old September 17th, 2009, 06:26 PM   #18
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workin out bugs now first ride was yesterday i made it half way down the steet till the rear driveshaft fell off the slip yoke cause it was too short i will be fixing that tomaro
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any progress...winter is comeing your not gona want to walk everywhere
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Old September 21st, 2009, 11:19 PM   #20
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haha eventhough class is only 2 miles from my house but im waiting on rubicon express to send me my track bar mount and need a longer driveshaft so it will be worthy and i still need to shorten my front driveshaft its too long
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