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sounds like a good plan, except ORU for the steering. it can be had for much cheaper if you can make it, or call Trevor at wfoconcepts.com
You are right about that!!! Sadly, because of time constraints on the build, I cant afford (time wise) to complete the setup and then take measurements and custom build a steering. I know I wasted a good couple hundred bucks, but It couldnt be helped.

For everyone else, the ORU steering is EXPENSIVE, and all you really get out of it is the ability to have something you can bolt up right away instead of having to wait a couple weeks (maybe im wrong, but thats been my experience with custom built anythings). Granted, I have yet to experience the ORU kit as far as performance, and Im sure it will be great (it had better be), but Im just using common sense and guessing that it probably wont be any better than another custom kit I could have gotten cheaper.

So , in keeping with the intent of this thread being for novices who are looking to wake up from the fabritech nightmare, I will say that if I could change one thig it would be the ORU steering, not because of quality, but just price. Great comments, keep it going!!
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Where are the pics of the current set up.
Theyre coming I promise, and Ill make sure theyre detailed....
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CAGE has new buckets.

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CAGE has new buckets.
yeah, I called them and theyre over 300 bucks. Not sure if thats a pair (GOSH I hope so!!!) or each. Jim, who is the guy to talk to over there (and is definitely the most knowledgable guy ive ever talked to on a tech line), said that theyre so expensive because hes gotta custom fab them for each order, and that theyre a little beefier, but overall not really any significant improvement over stock. Im gonna try for the junk yard special, or fab some from a '77 Bronco. I already had to blow a couple hundred extra bucks on the steering, so I gotta cut costs somewhere. let me know if you all see anything else!!
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I just bought shock towers from mission valley ford in San Jose CA. They ordered them from the Sacremento distribution center. The guy at the parts desk said sacramento had like 130 of them. Cost $32 out the door. Part number is in the second picture.




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I just bought shock towers from mission valley ford in San Jose CA. They ordered them from the Sacremento distribution center. The guy at the parts desk said sacramento had like 130 of them. Cost $32 out the door. Part number is in the second picture.



Awesome, beats $300, Ill give him a call. Thanks!!!!!
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those are shock towers not coil buckets.

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Ive been able to locate the lower coil and shock mounts, but am having a hard time finding the coil buckets and upper shock mounts. FORD says that they've been discontinued.
Hes looking for both.

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those are shock towers not coil buckets.
Yeah, I know. I figured if they had those they might have the buckets to.

Anyone needing ANY part try this site: http://www.junkyarddog.com/

Just fill it out and youll get a slew of offers from salvage yards all over the country. Found coil bukets pulled off the truck, cleaned, and shipped for $100. Also got a D60/Sterling 10.25'' F350 package w/4.10s/lim-slip rear, both with everything including brakes and under 70,000 miles on them for $900 total.

Guess the parts hunt is (mostly) over. Now time to get some pics up!!!!
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I just bought shock towers from mission valley ford in San Jose CA. They ordered them from the Sacremento distribution center. The guy at the parts desk said sacramento had like 130 of them. Cost $32 out the door. Part number is in the second picture.
jbg and wfo have 'em for $20 each.
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bringing it back....

WHEEEEWWW!!!

Finally got back to Texas and its time to do this thing. First here are the pics of the Fabritech setup I have:

Heres my '90 Bronco 39.5'' Swampers and 12'' Fabritech lift


Heres the front view of the D44


Heres where the Fabritech radius arms w/lower shock mounts connect to the D44


Heres a rear view of the D44


Heres a shot of the lowered radius arm mounts bolted to the frame.


My next post will be all my new gear that Ive collected over the last month and a half.
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bringing it back....

Ok, heres what Ive accumulated to "upgrade" my Fabritech SAS.....

Cage radius arms and mounts. BTW, these aren't hollow like my other ones.


Cage Track bar and upper/lower mounts.


Cage upper shock mounts


Cage 6.5'' coils and shocks.


ORU custom knuckle and steering system.


Sterling 10.25'' rear.


Alas, the salvage yard shipped me a TTB D50 instead of a D60 . So until that arrives Ill be cleaning up the 10.25
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Hey, how long is your Cage trac bar... like the total length without the heim screwed in? Me and another guy's were both way too long.
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Thats a nice selection of parts you have accumulated. Should come together real nice. Are those drop brackets on the radius arms the fabritech pieces? Those things are booty fab! Or Hemi fab if you will.

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Thats a nice selection of parts you have accumulated. Should come together real nice. Are those drop brackets on the radius arms the fabritech pieces? Those things are booty fab! Or Hemi fab if you will.
Yeah, theyre fabritech. Good thing I do mostly mud and sand, and dont hit the rocks too often!!!
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ORU custom knuckle and steering system.

It's going to be interesting to see how your track bar angle turns out with that steering set up.
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It's going to be interesting to see how your track bar angle turns out with that steering set up.
Yeah thats what I thought when I opened it up. I spoke with the guy at ORU and according to him it should come out nicely.

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Nice gathering of parts ya got there!

If i were you id try to keep the Fabricrap kit as complete as possible, just to try to sell it up on ebay, or even post a classified on Broncograveyard... At least try to off-set some of the costs of your new parts.... Good luck with the swap man!


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Nice gathering of parts ya got there!

If i were you id try to keep the Fabricrap kit as complete as possible, just to try to sell it up on ebay, or even post a classified on Broncograveyard... At least try to off-set some of the costs of your new parts.... Good luck with the swap man!
Thanks. Ill be sure to do that. Ill be selling the Fab SAS kit, the 39.5s on 15'' welds, the D44 (5.13s w/Detroit Tru-trac, warn prem. hubs), and the Ford 9" (5.13s w/Detroit Tru-trac). Im sure someone will be in need of them.....

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Hey did you ever get them trac bar measurements?
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