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Old December 7th, 2006, 11:31 PM   #1
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I got this thing finished up . I took a HP 44 out of a F 250 and shortened the tubes to old bronco specs . I did this to have a common axle shaft rather then custom built parts . I set the caster at 6 degrees . I read a lot of different material and it seems there was no one setting that was highly recommended . I put a high stear set up on it to make sure i didnt have stearing issues . I was told by the those with more knowledge then I that it was the only way to get it right . Tie rod links and drag link ends are true 1 ton chevy parts , 1.25 x .25 DOM tubing was used to create the center links . Part numbers were sourced from Petersens mag , also 95geo on miss fits offered the same part numbers and pipe size needed . Thanks Bryce .

RE makes a kit that gives you the brackets to do this install but i found that pricey . While it added time to my build i did make all the brackets rather then pay the price , if you can do a little fab work and weld this will save hundreds .

Making the stearing up was not very difficult but as a whole the project was more then i had expected in money and time invested .

all work and custom parts were made in my garage other then the dual exhaust i had to install to clear the 44 center section which sits further inboard then did the D 30 .

Total cost with no labor still hit the 2,500.00 area with gears for the 8.8 and exhaust required to complete the project .

Parts list .

1 ton chevy stearing components and 1.25 x .25 DOM tubing .

KOZ off road upper stearing arm .

Alloy USA shafts , Yukon super joints

78 F 250 HP housing and 79 Bronco outers .

Mile Marker lock outs

Lock rite locker and pin .

4:88 yukon gears and carrier .

Thanks to every one that offered advice . Special thanks to H8pvnt who loaned me tools i did not have for the build .

Special thanks to Koz off road , free advice and i purchased all the components from .


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Old December 8th, 2006, 12:37 AM   #2
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Congrats Marv.
Looking forward to seeing it put to the test.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 06:34 AM   #3
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looks sweet, damn sweet
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Old December 8th, 2006, 07:11 AM   #4
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Flip that tie-rod.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 07:34 AM   #5
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Flip that tie-rod.
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any reason you didn't flip it? just curious. looks good otherwise.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 09:15 AM   #6
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any reason you didn't flip it? just curious. looks good otherwise.
probably because thats the way the knucles are reamed from the oem. i dont know of anyone that makes flip kit yet for the large tre's. on mine i wasnt concerned with on-road durablity to i had mine machined with a 3/4" hole so i could run 3/4-3/4 heims.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 10:00 AM   #7
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Looks great. I hope to be looking like that someday too!
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looks real good, im starting on mine next week
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They make bushing's to use when you ream it from the top to flip it. That what I did.
http://completeoffroad.com/wsm/i-134...ana_44_60.html
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They make bushing's to use when you ream it from the top to flip it. That what I did.
http://completeoffroad.com/wsm/i-134...ana_44_60.html
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But Grandman is old and grumpy and set in his ways :tonka:

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Old December 8th, 2006, 01:20 PM   #11
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Or pickup an already machined driver side OEM Chevy knuckle and one more high steer arm.

Is that the same spindle stud pattern as the 79 Bronco knuckles he's using?
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Is that the same spindle stud pattern as the 79 Bronco knuckles he's using?
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Old December 8th, 2006, 05:06 PM   #13
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There was a reason i didnt flip the tie rods up on top . I had planned to do so but there was a lack of room . I dont know it the outers im using is a little different , the fact i used true 1 ton joints but for what ever reason there was not enough space to put it on top and have room for the Drag link to drop all the way in .

outers are off a 79 bronco front . The high stear arm was purchased from Koz , maybe its built a little differnt . I have no idea why but i wasnt able to do that . I did build an extra lower link because of it though .
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