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post #41 of 262 (permalink) Old 05-05-2009, 01:15 PM
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I'm powder coating my Centurion's rims in the next month or so. These are the parts I had powder coated at Embee in Orange County, Ca.:












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post #42 of 262 (permalink) Old 05-05-2009, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Powder Coating...

Yeah, I saw your parts on your original post. They are nice, indeed.

In fact, I just got my 18x7 Mazdaspeed 6 wheels back from a local powder coater here last week and they look outstanding. Had them done in 20% gloss black (to hide the brake dust), and just had new Goodyear Eagle GT's (225/40-18's) mounted on them yesterday, and they look great. Powder coating is right up my alley.

Was wondering if I had them coated in a medium grey color...similar to color of the KMC XD Enduro beadlocks shown in my avatar? Too blingey?

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I don't think so Brad. I know some powder coats can even have a slight metal flake on them which I think really works with grey. Though I'm told it's a little more expensive then just a one shot / one color deal. I'm going glossy black on mine and I'm sure they'll look great.

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I think it would look good... and different.
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Autofab Suspension & S-A-W Shocks are in!

  • The Autofab front & rear suspension systems arrived at the shop by truck freight on Tuesday. Freight from Santee to Centerville, UT was ~ $405.00 for about 400 lbs. of steel.
  • The six Sway-A-Way's arrived in from Kustom 1 Warehouse also on Tuesday, pictures are below...nicely laid out on the front driveway.
  • Today, I ordered the 4.56 r&p's (Yukon), master installation kits (Yukon), new high pinion Dana 44 (reverse) r&p carrier for the front TTB, and a TrueTrac for the Ford 8.8.
  • The four Mastercraft "Original" seats in grey cloth/grey vinyl, with blue cloth center seating surfaces (and black piping) are also on order.
  • The fabricators tear into the dash for the forward roll cage section on Saturday. May try and get up to the shop for some more pics...
  • Any suggestions for some heavy duty lug nuts? 1/2" cone style? Open end? Will be staying with 1/2" studs for now...maybe 9/16th's later on down the road when I get my disk brakes installed on the 8.8 rear.
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  1. Autofab Suspension Pallet 1
  2. Autofab Suspension Pallet 2
  3. Autofab Suspension Pallet 3
  4. Coil-Spring Buckets and Shock Towers
  5. Driver-side Spring Bucket/Shock Tower
  6. Sway-A-Way Shocks
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That is pure sexiness right there!! Great stuff on all the parts. It looks like you are doing this build the right way!

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WOW!!!! Thats an early christmas right there. I can't wait to see it all on the rig.
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Now that's a freaking delivery!!! 3 pallets worth of long-travel goodness!

Last year I shipped complete front and rear suspension kits and shocks and the pallet ended up weighing about 600 lbs! YEOW! Maybe it would have been smarter to break it down a little....

Thanks for the update. Looking good!
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June 2 Update...

Apologize for the break in action. I've been away for work, like really away. In fact, I just arrived back home this afternoon from Warsaw, Poland (been there for the last 10 days for meetings...) So I have an excuse!

Oh, that plus the home PC $hit the bed the exact morning of my departure overseas. I may have lost ALL of my Bronco build pics (not to mention the really REALLY important personal files, etc.) Damn Vista registry was corrupted somehow. And I'm a computer consultant. Jeeesh.

Well, to save the day, my fabricators sent me some photos of their progress. They are coming along nicely with the front suspension. See below...

I also made a command decision with the wheels. I decided to keep the OEM Ford 10-hole 'riveted' 15x7.5 wheels, and got them polished. I went back to the place that did my engine/chassis steam cleaning last November, and since their specialty is semi-truck detailing (they routinely polish those large 22.5" over-the-road Alcoa wheels on a daily basis,) they did all four of my wheels for ~ $103.00! They turned out pretty nice...not show quality, but this is a off-road Bronco!

I then got them over to the Goodyear shop and had them mount and balance my four new Goodyear Silent Armor 35x12.5-15's. They look sharp!!! Nice A/T tread with broad and square-shouldered carcass. Of course, I had some nice photos of the mounted tires/wheels on the front lawn...and they ended up on that same PC at home... Ugh.

Haven't heard from Autofab about where my Mastercraft seats are... I'll have to drop John a call tomorrow.

Anyway, here are the pictures:
1. Comparison of stock shock tower to the Autofab tower
2. TTB Dana 44 housing with new 4.56:1 gears
3. Driver's side spring bucket and shock hoop positioned on frame
4. Engine bay cross bar positioned for fit
5. Driver's side spring bucket/hoop looking down from above
6. Driver's side radius arm
Still have to order the Hella 4000's. Anyone have a source?

More soon after I visit the shop later this week/weekend...
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I've been on the shelf about spending the coin to get a set of single shock mount autofab buckets to mount up my saw 2.5x10's. I think your last pictures sold me. damn you.

It doesnt look like it in the picture, but I could be wrong : Did you get the coil adjuster buckets? If not, what made up your mind other than the difference in $$$??

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Those look like the adjustable buckets, you can see the big ass nut on the top of the bucket. How much were those buckets/engine bar?




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In the second to last picture, the engine brace looks like it only has spot welds on the corners, is that right or is my vision playing tricks on me.

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In the second to last picture, the engine brace looks like it only has spot welds on the corners, is that right or is my vision playing tricks on me.
I think I remember reading somewhere autofab does that because engine compartments can vary from truck to truck, so you have to make a custom brace. But look in the same picture, is that seam in the tubing?
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But look in the same picture, is that seam in the tubing?
The cross bar sees very small loads. On my Explorer with a similar kit I used a 1.25"x.090" mild steel tube with 2 bends in it... no problems.
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I've been looking into AT tires to replace the BFG muds and the silent armors was one I was considering. Post up pics of those when you can I would love to see what they look mounted and how they perfrom.
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In the second to last picture, the engine brace looks like it only has spot welds on the corners, is that right or is my vision playing tricks on me.
Buckets look bad @$$ but I think you are right Tony. Look at the first picture above the upper shock tabs. That thing is just spot welded. That's an easy fix. I'm assuming it's like that as some engine bays may require you move that mounting point.

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That thing is just spot welded... I'm assuming it's like that as some engine bays may require you move that mounting point.
Yup. Final location depends on under-hood options.

Looking good, Brad. That's going to be a sweet rig!
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Havent had a chance to read your whole post.But if your needing a cage and have some skills.A good friend of mine has all the measurements and could bend you up the tubes for the whole front cage.He does awesome work and knows the bends probably in his head, because he does so many bronco cages.Then all you have to do is notch,weld,and gusset.All 2" dom. except tubes by windshield / \ 1 1/4",beside seat,and under dash.those are 1 3/4" I believe.
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Post Tires & Wheels...

$321.00 later and I got the home PC fixed. The techs were able to salvage the files on the original C:\ drive (thank God!), and I found my tire and wheel pictures I took back on May 22nd! Woo-hoo.

Here they are: Goodyear Silent Armors in 35x12.50-15 sizing mounted on Ford OEM 10-hole 15x7.5 wheels...

Question: Should I mount the wheels with the center caps, or leave them off for the full "race-look?" I'll respond to everyone's comments/remarks later today. Appreciate the questions, suggestions, and feedback...

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1. 3/4 View w/o Bronco Center Cap
2. Tread
3. With Bronco Center Cap attached (like or no like?)
4. Wheel with Center Cap close-up (I sanded and painted the OEM center medallions black...)
5. Proud owner and 2 tires (one on the grass, and the other around the waist)
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