Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Phoenix Arizona
Bronco Info: '96 5.8L XLT, E40D auto, Warn manual hubs, push button 4WD
Need advice...add 1/4" spacers under coils?
I have a '96 that has all stock suspension. I am thinking about straight axle conversion, or just improve the twin traction beam setup. Not quite ready to go one way or the other just yet (probably a good year out), but I did just put new tires on. I had 31" highway tires on the Ford 10-hole alloys, and went to BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2's, 33x10.5. I was getting it aligned at a good alignment shop, and they said they can't align it until I change the radius arm bushings as they are shot (the rest of the front gear they said was ok). I have it disassembled with the arms pulled forward and old bushings off, and ready to go back together, but I'm thinking about adding something. The truck has the usual factory low front rake, and I was thinking about trying to gain a little bit of front end lift when putting it back together. Just a little improvement until whatever way I go ultimately with the TTB or a straight axle.
I was looking at part #33535 at Bronco Graveyard. These are 1/4" tall, flat, solid shims that go under the lower coil spring mounts on top of the beams. Some descriptions I read of other styles, say that shims will get a front end rise of 2-3 times the thickness of the spacers. I was thinking of adding 1 or maybe 2 of these 1/4" spacers on each side. Can anyone advise me on this, and what kind of rise do you think I would get from these? Any improvement would help until the big change ultimately happens next year. If this is sound, should I do one 1/4" spacer, or two of them on each side? Or should I blow this idea off? Thanks