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post #41 of 61 (permalink) Old 06-13-2016, 11:58 AM
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I will not buy another set of autometers after having speedhut's, better and easier to hook up. I also like that they finish them how you want. The other thing I like most is how they light up at night. Super clear and easy to read. Look like factory gauges out of newer car.
It looks like you got the extra LED's in the speedo, are you going to use those as turn single indicators?


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post #42 of 61 (permalink) Old 06-13-2016, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thats how the gauges came in the box. I will be making a custom instrument cluster and center console. Then, the tach and speedo will go in the cluster with the fuel gauge between them and the other 4 will go in a row in the center console where it meets the dash.
Lol I have seen that white Bronco on the Raptor chassis, but I think I will continue as planned with my build!

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I will not buy another set of autometers after having speedhut's, better and easier to hook up. I also like that they finish them how you want. The other thing I like most is how they light up at night. Super clear and easy to read. Look like factory gauges out of newer car.
It looks like you got the extra LED's in the speedo, are you going to use those as turn single indicators?
I am pretty impressed so far with them. My only complaint is they took so long to get but then again I did design them myself so it's not a big deal. So yes, the speedo has the led turn signal indicators and the high beam indicator in the middle. All the other gauges have warning LED indicators. I wish they made a LED gear indicator like Autometer does, but I will source one else where.

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post #44 of 61 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 10:29 PM
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So you have pictures of them mounted yet? Was all that steel for the rollcage and such?

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post #45 of 61 (permalink) Old 07-11-2016, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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So you have pictures of them mounted yet? Was all that steel for the rollcage and such?
Unfortunately no updates. The new garage has been taking up a lot of my extra time. I have a village hearing July 28th to find out if I can put my additional driveway where I want. I did just install another Rubicon lift this past weekend. Just trying to add more $$ to the Bronco account since it goes so fast collecting parts. I've also got my KTM 525EXC torn down and i'm waiting to get the head and cylinder back so I can put it back together. Its going to be a 540cc big bore now with bigger valves, higher compression, and a better cam. I have a hare scramble i'm racing in July 31st.
Not all of the tubing is for the Bronco. I bought over 320' of chrome moly because it gets cheaper the more you buy. I bet around 200' will go into the Bronco and I will put the rest up for sale to try and to recoup some of the cost.

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post #46 of 61 (permalink) Old 07-12-2016, 11:17 PM
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at least you have a plan. is your ktm a side by side? also donyou have any plans or drawings of the cage yet? good luck on the drive way

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post #47 of 61 (permalink) Old 07-13-2016, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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at least you have a plan. is your ktm a side by side? also donyou have any plans or drawings of the cage yet? good luck on the drive way

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The cage will be loosely based off the Solo WIY cage kit. I will incorporate it into the engine bay and the front and rear suspension will mount to it as well. My KTM is an enduro dirt bike. My #1 hobby has always been motorcycles/dirt bikes with Broncos and Jeeps #2. The whole reason for the Bronco build is so I can enjoy going off road with my wife and kids. I'm starting to feel guilty every time I go riding since i'm leaving them home and I really like doing every thing I can as a family. The kids just love going to the dunes in our CJ7 so as they started getting bigger, it just made sense to move up to a Bronco. They are as excited for the build as I am.

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Well I like what I see so far, your 81 is the same body style as my 86 and I think you have a lot of potential and it's a great looking body style IMO. As for using a Chevy engine I wouldn't but I'm an old fart Ford stick in the mud die hard BUT if you can build a kick as power plant hot rod Bronco, it's your money, your idea I hope it works out and let us know when it's done!

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Well I was just watching "Fathom Works" on the Velosity channel and they put a 2006 GTO engine/manual tranny and full suspension in a 55/56 Ford Thunderbird so I guess anything is possible......lol lol ~
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Well I like what I see so far, your 81 is the same body style as my 86 and I think you have a lot of potential and it's a great looking body style IMO. As for using a Chevy engine I wouldn't but I'm an old fart Ford stick in the mud die hard BUT if you can build a kick as power plant hot rod Bronco, it's your money, your idea I hope it works out and let us know when it's done!

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I hear you for sure. I got a bad taste in my mouth when I built my sand dune Jeep CJ7 and put an AMC V8 in it. I had over $7,000 in that motor and it made around 450 hp. I could have built a small block chevy for half the price and same HP. So, when I priced building a roller 351W to make 500ish NA HP but hold 1000 HP boosted, it just sky rocketed the price. The LS motors, LS3 in particular, are really just a no brainer if brand loyalty isn't an issue. Plus, by time i'm done with the build, the only Ford parts left will be the cab, frame, and axles. If I were doing a mild restomod, I would have 100% went with a 351W. I just saw the same show! The T Bird came out very nice, but I didn't agree with the route they took. I bet Art Morrison would have built them a chassis with IRS/IFS and then bolt in a hi HP EFI 347 SBF with an AOD for much cheaper than what they did with the GTO/T-Bird frankenstein. They didn't even take off the GTO center caps or paint over the brake calipers on a $150K plus build.
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Despite the Chevy heart, this looks like it'll be badass as hell when it's done. Keep chugging along, man. I definitely can't wait to see the end result. And even if it's just small stuff or just materials, WE NEED MOAR PIKCHURSSSSS

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Unfortunately no progress on the Bronco still. BUT i've been prepping to get back on the build hopefully this spring. Like I mentioned, I moved this spring and have been doing a ton to the house. Well, I FINALLY started construction on the new garage. I just had the slab poured and I am waiting on the roof trusses. It's going to be 28' wide by 40' deep with 17' vaulted ceilings. I tried to squeeze a loft in, but at 6'4", there just wont be enough head room. I had them pour the slab extra thick and the footings are extra thick as well. I also had 3'x3'x17" piers poured in the back for the lift. I am going with a 10,000lb asymmetrical 2 post lift so I don't want any issues with that. The walls will be 12' with 2x6 studs. I'm doing most of the work myself with the exception of the concrete and framing. The second pic is the Bronco patiently waiting parked behind my 1 1/2 car garage!
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Unfortunately no progress on the Bronco still. BUT i've been prepping to get back on the build hopefully this spring. Like I mentioned, I moved this spring and have been doing a ton to the house. Well, I FINALLY started construction on the new garage. I just had the slab poured and I am waiting on the roof trusses. It's going to be 28' wide by 40' deep with 17' vaulted ceilings. I tried to squeeze a loft in, but at 6'4", there just wont be enough head room. I had them pour the slab extra thick and the footings are extra thick as well. I also had 3'x3'x17" piers poured in the back for the lift. I am going with a 10,000lb asymmetrical 2 post lift so I don't want any issues with that. The walls will be 12' with 2x6 studs. I'm doing most of the work myself with the exception of the concrete and framing. The second pic is the Bronco patiently waiting parked behind my 1 1/2 car garage!

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Keep me updated as am building a bronco 4x4 with an LQ9 6.0 cam. Not going as good as you in power but with 4l80e ,np205 tc , 14 bolt rearend. It will be a family dunes bronco. Not sure what should I do for suspension can you help with that?

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Hey, Buddy

Keep me updated as am building a bronco 4x4 with an LQ9 6.0 cam. Not going as good as you in power but with 4l80e ,np205 tc , 14 bolt rearend. It will be a family dunes bronco. Not sure what should I do for suspension can you help with that?
Sounds like quite the build you have too. What are your dune goals? Fast cruiser? Prerunner? Big jumps? How are you matching your rear 8 lug 14B to the TTB?

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How are you matching your rear 8 lug 14B to the TTB?
I know Solid Axle Industries Makes 5 on 5.5 14 bolt hubs.
Pair of Forged 5 on 5.5 Bolt Pattern 14 Bolt Wheel Hubs - Wheel Hubs - Spyntec Industries LLC.
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Those look like they will work. I noticed they will shorten the WMS as well. What will the final WMS be with those hubs? I only ask cause most are looking for ways to widen the rear end, not narrow it.

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Well, the garage has made some major progress. We worked all this past weekend getting the building up. I got most of the roof shingled as well before the snow started. I'm getting anxious to get back on the Bronco build! Hopefully this summer. I still have a lot to finish on the garage until then. I'm also shopping for a good used Rotary 2 post asymmetrical lift. That's why I went with the vaulted roof trusses. I have just over 15' of inside headroom.
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1981 Baby Blue Bronco built to go fast in the sand
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Atlas II 2.0 x-case
Full cromoly cage w/ racing seats
Raceline Monster beadlocks on 35" BFG KM1's
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Well did I miss something, when I click on the "cat pictures" it comes up, images have been removed or deleted.....what's up with that?


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Hmmm, thats odd. Yet another reason I don't care for photobucket. I'll try to attach the missing pics again.
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1981 Baby Blue Bronco built to go fast in the sand
LS3 480hp w/ reverse manual TH400
Atlas II 2.0 x-case
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Soooo, the first two are the GMPP crate LS3 w/hot cam option. 3-4 are the TH400 built by Finish Line Transmissions with a full reverse manual valvebody and ATI LS super bell, all attached to an Atlas II transfer case with 2.0 low range for the sand. 5-6 are the Raceline beadlocks wrapped in BFG 35" MT's

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Atlas II 2.0 x-case
Full cromoly cage w/ racing seats
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