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Thank you! I will admit that I got a lot of my ideas a year or two ago from a user on here. His handle is MudNut. Not sure if his build thread is still active but he's done some nice work. None of it is difficult, just very time consuming.
I know,what you mean by time consuming! How did you determine your caster? Or did you just set your pinion angle and go with it?
Exactly. I put an angle finder on my pinion snout and just made it the same. Was about 4 degrees IIRC. I have seen some setups where the coils are bowing because the C-bushings are wrong or drop brackets aren't long enough. In that case I would have changed it.
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Exactly. I put an angle finder on my pinion snout and just made it the same. Was about 4 degrees IIRC. I have seen some setups where the coils are bowing because the C-bushings are wrong or drop brackets aren't long enough. In that case I would have changed it.
Cool, I am gonna have to do mine the same way. I do not want to have to grind the crap out of my 89 king pin housing to fit the C bushings.
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Those arms look real nice.


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Nice build! 78-79s just look so good. If you don't mind me asking, what was your budget for the whole build?
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Nice build! 78-79s just look so good. If you don't mind me asking, what was your budget for the whole build?
I agree, even when they're dented up and rusty like mine!
You mean my budget for the radius arm build?

16ft of 2" x .25" wall DOM = $145
(2) 5/8" Ballistic Joints = On sale for $49.99 ea. $100 total
(4) Bushings w/ Sleeves = On sale for $14.99 ea. $60 total
Frame Link mounts = $23 ea. $46 Total
Grade 8 hardware (got a good deal through our supplier at work) = $25-30
Misc. (Grinding discs, paint etc.) = $40
Bilstein 7100 Shocks = (Haven't ordered them yet) $170 ea. $340 Total
F250 Shock Mounts = $45 for the pair
Limit Straps = (Haven't ordered yet) $50
Case of beer for my buddy's welding = $20

I'd say when it's all said and done I'll have about $800-$850 w/ shocks and straps, and about $450 in just the arms. Keep in mind I did some of the welding, and what I didn't do I got done for a case of beer by a buddy of mine. More money than I had originally intended, but that seems to happen with every project.

By the way, if anybody wants it I have the CAD file I drew for the axle mounts. I had mine waterjetted out at work.


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It's not done, but I got a chance to pull it out of the garage and play a little bit! Still need to notch the front X-member, bleed the breaks, and measure for shocks/straps.
This is the best I could do in the yard, and it still had room to go!

Poor lighting, but it's back on it's own weight!



A little flexin









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Ordered up some Bilstein 5165 shocks tonight. 27" extended, 16" compressed length. 360/80 valving. Also some ProComp 11" Limiting straps.
All that I have left to do on the front suspension is install the shocks/limit straps, finish the crossmember (will update later), and bleed the brakes. Should have her up and running this weekend I reckon!


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I pulled the crossmember last night to clean it up and do the welding. I'll just post some pics of the notch I had to cut out. Cycled the suspension and everything seems to clear well.





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Made some more progress last night. Finished up the crossmember and shock mounts.
Just an FYI for anybody who plans on building their own arms, don't forget to weld the shock mounts on the arms while they're bare and uninstalled... Much less difficult to do on the bench.

Everything is painted up now, just didn't get any pics of that. Shocks and limit straps should be here today, then I just have to bleed the breaks and take her for a spin!







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It turns out that "taking it for a spin" before getting my bump stops was a bad idea

I accidentally got a little airborne and the bronco has the bruise to show it.





Oh well. Just gotta figure out a way to pull the dent. I have most of the fab done for the bump stops, so should be good to go this weekend.

This is where I will be stopping the axle. (Not using the bump stops in these pics)







This is what I came up with for mounting the bump stops. I have my concerns, but we'll see how it works out.





These are the Daystar Stinger bumpstops I will be trying out



Also bought a fire extinguisher for the bronco.

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I didn't do a whole lot over the weekend other than pull the header dent out, and reassembled the front end. Got the bump stops in and such. Only thing left that I NEED done before this weekend's trip to Silver Lake is the bump stop landing pads.
I would also like to extend my drag link and maybe polish my wheels and grill. We'll see.
I put about half a tank of gas through the bronco this weekend without any issues so far. Haven't really been able to rag on it without the bump stop landings but so far I am very happy with the ride! Haven't found a two-track yet that I cant do 40-50 mph down comfortably.
Also I ordered Flowmaster Super 40's for it to meet the spark arrest requirements for the dunes. Hope they don't choke it too much compared to my current straight through mufflers.
Light on the pics, but this is what I got!







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What a great weekend!

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend, and I want to say thank you to all of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can all enjoy the lives we live here at home.

I had a really great time at the Silver Lake sand dunes this weekend. We all went for my buddy's bachelor party. We were slow getting up Saturday morning, but once we did, we were off to the dunes!

My one buddy (the bachelor) unfortunately cooked his starter sitting in line to get into the dunes. Time for some fenderwell headers I think for him. So he didn't even get to play
The orange '70 bronco's fuel pump quit after 2 hours or so. He loaded her up after that.
The red and white Chevy held up good all weekend.

I certainly put my bronco through it's paces. I can now say that I am confident in the front suspension build
I did a lot of drag racing, but when I wasn't doing that I was zipping around the dunes like a pre-runner because the truck rides PHENOMENAL! Could not be happier for it's first time out. Still some things I would like to tweak, but absolutely no complaints.
Now just enjoy the pictures and videos! Make sure and check out the last one, it's a doozy!

Ready to rock 'n roll



It was a real nice trip down to Mears.



The group





The wind was rippin' across the dunes on Saturday! Felt like standing in a sand blaster.





Pretty busy out there.



Had to tow the black chevy out after the starter quit. Couldn't quite make it up the hill without some help, but didn't want to let off either!



Just a little flexing at the hotel parking area. Still not quite as good as I want, but I have some ideas.







Don't look as big as they did in person, but here is some moguls at 50 mph or so.

http://vid1033.photobucket.com/album...pspxt9pbaj.mp4

A little drag racing. Wish I would've have gotten some against real competition. LOL

http://vid1033.photobucket.com/album...ps6w9ito79.mp4

And the highlight of the weekend was hitting the jump with the rzr's and buggies! I couldn't believe how well this big bronco flew and landed. Can use some shock adjustments to help control the rebound, but I was very impressed!





And here is a video of the jump. Guy from DuneTV did the editing, I thought it was hilarious! Thanks to him I will now be embracing the rust, and naming the bronco the RUST OR BUST BRONCO!

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flying high!

That's some great pictures of grabbing air. You need to make that into some garage art.

Great video too. Congrats on executing a great plan...

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Finished up my intake swap. Went from the Weiand Stealth to the Edelbrock Performer. Seems like a downgrade, but for the usage of my engine it was a pretty good upgrade actually. The low end is better now and throttle response improved.
Also got my Winters Sidewinder shifter installed finally! (no pics though )
The shifter works awesome, and I am much more confident with it than the column.

Went for a little ride last night, snapped a couple pics.

Keep in mind, this was at 15mph and I didn't touch the brakes. Granted the road is wet.



Really need to get those Deaver leafs in and get that rear to flex better!





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Wow! That jump is crazy! Looks like good FOTM material!
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Looks like a lot of fun!
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It's been a while since I've updated this thread again! Not a whole lot has been done to the bronco since the front suspension build. I have made a couple trips to Silver lake and some sand drags though.

I got a set of paddle tires along with my new Mickey Thompson MTZ P3's and I got to use them a couple of times. Love them! I wish I would've gotten some more aggressive paddles as I have the power to turn these better than my boggers!

My plans for the winter include rebuilding/powdercoating my transfer case, completing the rear suspension (swapping from a compression shackle back to a tension, but extending it to work better with the deavers), some driveshaft improvements to make them handle the extra travel a little better. I broke my rear driveshaft CV 4 times at silver lake in one weekend time for limit straps and bump stops to go along with the Deavers. Also swapping to a 1330 H yoke and 1310-1330 conversion joints will give me 2" more droop in front, netting 12" of total travel in the front, 14" in rear.
I also need to give the steering some attention as it is pretty whooped. The rest will be just cleaning stuff up and painting/powder coating misc. parts. Possibly getting my headers ceramic coated as well, we'll see.

That's about it for now, but I will leave you with some pictures from some sand drags and silver lake that I took.



Couldn't quite hang without paddles











































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Now that I have my garage insulated and heated, it's time for some maintenance and upgrades on the Bronco. Not going to be changing too much, but my plans include

-Put Deaver leaves back in and set the shackle back to tension. This will most likely include making some brackets for an extended shackle. For those wondering, a tension shackle allows more droop travel, but also gets progressively stiffer throughout the up-travel. This setup should work well for the dunes and high speed shenanigans I find myself in.

-Re-valve my 7100's so they're no longer a wall ornament.

-Figure out if I can fix the damn 9" leak. I have never been able to get the 3rd member to seal to the housing. Hopefully I can fix that, then I will clean up and paint the entire rear end back to shiny and new again.

-Maybe rebuild the t-case. I'm pretty sure it could use new bearings and I would just like to go through it.

-Make some modifications to my front driveshaft to allow more droop travel.

-Might get a new proportioning valve since my rear brakes don't work well at all, I think this is the problem.





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I kinda forgot that I basically posted all the same stuff already.. I guess now you know my plans haven't changed in a couple weeks.
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