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 $$$??
Actually, when I first saw what John shipped...I had to call him and ask if he included the coil adjuster buckets 'at no charge.' He said that he welds the adjusting nut (on the top of the coil buckets) to ALL of his kits now. That way, if the owner wants the adjuster later, John can ship it and the owner can install it w/o having to send back the original bucket assembly for modifications.
I decided to hold on the extra cost of the adjusters ($200) and see how John's springs hold up first.
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?
The complete front end from Autofab totaled $3,100 ($2,850 for the kit + $250 for additional gusseting of the beams), plus shipping to Utah. This was for the Autofab 16" travel Bronco/F-150 TTB system for dual 2.5" Sway-A-Way shocks.
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.
As Dirtball stated below, those are just temporary spot-welds to fit and place the parts, prior to final TIG welding.
Better not be a seam!
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?
I paid for mild-steel DOM seamless for the cage, F&R bumpers, and any extra bracing. I will have my fabricator double check it again, though! Thanks.
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.
See pictures above!
Yup. Final location depends on under-hood options. Looking good, Brad. That's going to be a sweet rig!
Thank you SteveG!
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.
Thanks yogib, but my fabricators are building a full custom cage for me from the ground up...all DOM mild steel tubing. My primary fabricator (a CAD designer) built himself a gorgeous 2WD Ranger that appeared in Off-Road Magazine in 2004 (http://www.off-roadweb.com/features/...cab/index.html
), so I am relying upon him and his senior welder to do this up right. I hope I will have some pictures of the interior/cage here this coming week.
Wheels came out great polished! Loose the center caps.
1 vote against
That's a good looking tire, Brad. The local Park Rangers (Oceano Dunes) use those with pretty good success.
Thanks. I just like the square shoulder look myself. I was really hoping M/T would bring back the old school Baja King in 35" radial, but no such luck.
Very well thought out build! I haven't replied to your thread because to be honest, i'm a bit jealous. But i'm over it, and very excited to see how this all comes out. Keep up the good work! Nick.
Thanks Nick for the nice comment and appreciate the honesty. Hey, I drooled on my keyboard looking at many other projects on-line over many years... I know the feeling.
Keep the caps. That black looks interesting.
1 vote FOR
the center caps! Tied @ 1!
I like this build a ton. I have a set of the newer style oem rims without rivets that I've been considering switching back to. Im very over the look and driveability of the black steelies i have now.
Thanks. I was thinking at one time
, of having this look like a Ford Bronco version of the M1009 CUCV (the mid-90's Army version of the Chevy Blazer 6.2L Diesel 4x4.) I even wanted to use Stockton HD 4x4 steel wheels, and apply a woodland camo paint job! Think old-school COMBATT truck, er...Bronco
. But then I came to my senses...
See a pic of Chevy's COMBATT concept below, along with the once-planned Stockton steel wheel.
Trivia Moment: One of the fabricators of the new Ford F-150 Raptor R Race Truck, Greg Foutz, was approached by Ford management in 1999 to help them design their F-250/F-350 diesel COMBATT Truck (COMmercially BAsed Tactical Truck), a possible replacement for the HUMMER. This due to Greg's success with his 1999 and 2005 model year F-250 2WD Class 8 Foutz Motorsports/Fabtech #8111 truck.