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Old March 14th, 2006, 10:42 PM   #21
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Read through that post when you've got a min...it's a pretty good thread on a solid axle swap....towards page 10 or so they begin commenting on the trac bar/drag link and it's location....the guy doing the swap has it routed under the x member, hooked to where the frame isn't boxed. He comments on how he would have liked to use the boxed frame section, but then it'd smash into the x member - which is where the trimming of the x member comes into play
Ahh, I see what your talking about. I was talking about mounting the trac bar behind the axle (which is why I couldn't figure out why I would need to trim the front). Looking at the pictures I realize now how much of a short ass trac bar that would be and agree, it's not the best of ideas.

Since mine is a 2WD and is staying that way (so I don't wheel it), I was just going to run a blank tube and put brackets where nessecary. I may still use a radius arm setup, but that trac bar will mount to the frame so it's longer.
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Old March 15th, 2006, 12:53 AM   #22
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Thanks man, I appreciate, I really like the whole solid axle idea, just seems like a big project, so if i find the right year fullsize, i should be able to swap the axle, coils, tracbars, and everything into mine? what about lift? any idea what coils he was using? you said they were out of the 79 f150, but surely you can't clear 38.5's with stock f-150 springs, i think they give you like 3-4" of lift, which is where i'm at now, plus i have 3" body, and i still couldn't clear 38's if my life depended on it.

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It had a Dana 44 out of an early bronco. The boy told me that he used F150 trackbars and coils out of a 79 model f150. It had 38.5s on it w/ plenty of room. He said the track bar brackets and stuff were virtually bolt-on. He only had to slightly mod the spring buckets to accept the fullsize coils.
Just curious. I really do appreciate all the advice tho, thanks guys! keep it coming.
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Old March 15th, 2006, 11:53 AM   #23
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Thanks man, I appreciate, I really like the whole solid axle idea, just seems like a big project, so if i find the right year fullsize, i should be able to swap the axle, coils, tracbars, and everything into mine? what about lift? any idea what coils he was using? you said they were out of the 79 f150, but surely you can't clear 38.5's with stock f-150 springs, i think they give you like 3-4" of lift, which is where i'm at now, plus i have 3" body, and i still couldn't clear 38's if my life depended on it.



Just curious. I really do appreciate all the advice tho, thanks guys! keep it coming.
Theres alot more to it than just pulling parts from one truck and bolting on to another....lots of measuring, welding, grinding, setting up alignment angles, etc.....

I'll post more later
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Theres alot more to it than just pulling parts from one truck and bolting on to another....lots of measuring, welding, grinding, setting up alignment angles, etc.....

I'll post more later
I do agree if this was going to be a street truck, The one I saw was only used off road. He said the springs were 4 inch lift springs for an F150, I believe he also had cut out flares on it. I would still check into it if I were you it didnt look fabbed up.If you think about it really, you would only have to make drop brackets for the rear crossmember where the Trackbars mount. and modify the spring buckets. The hardest part would be setting up steering components. But I agree with Chris, if you dont wanna get into welding, and measuring everything. Maybe it would be better to stay twin, if you plan on driving street much. Later
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