Join Date: Sep 2007
Bronco Info: 1979 bronco 400 t-18 np 205, 79 bronco 351m c6 38.5gumbo monster mudders, 1989 f250 w/77 521 stroker
well on my 79, I fit 38.5s with 4 inches of lift. by my count you will need about 10 or 11 inches of lift total. Dont cut up the fender wells, it will work but itll look really billy'd up.
Dont waste money buying a body lift, a stack of hockey pucks with a hole drilled in the middle will work well. Depending how rusty it is makes a big difference, all of my body mounts were rusted away so I had to make some out of 1/4 in steel. With the body lift you will need longer radiator hoses, easiest way is to cut in the middle and clamp in a piece of black iron pipe.
suspension lift kits it can get pricey and Im sure youve seen the large selection of suspension lift kits available. I did not put a suspension lift on mine so I cant comment on which one is better or worse.
You will need a dual steering stabilizer to keep that thing on the road. I got the rancho dual steering stabilizer on mine for about 50 bucks, you will need to remove the sway bar to install it.
As far as bigger axles, the ford 10.25 is a better choice than the dana 60 although the conversion is a bit harder to do. You should be able to find the ford 10.25 on some of the bigger ford trucks in a slavage yard.
Another thing I noticed when mudding in deep ruts was that everytime I killed my power steering belt. After a couple of hours of driving in deep mud, turning the huge tires in the deep ruts wrecked the belt each time. The only solution I can think of is some sort of hydraulic ram power steering.