Join Date: Nov 2013
Bronco Info: '96 Eddie Bauer 351, M112 Supercharge, C&T beams, Deaver J40s, 4.56 gears, disc brakes, hydroboost
I put the '78 coil buckets in my '96 as part of my go fast build. I am using the 5.5" Denver Superflex TTB coils. They are much better that the Pro Comp 4" coils I had. The buckets sit a little higher than the '96 buckets (about an inch) so my front end sits about 1/2" higher than before.
I did it to be able to use F250 shock mounts for more overall travel. It worked out great. I have 12" short body Bilstien 7100s up front which work great.
The hard part is removing the rivets that hold the coil bucket on. Best way I have found is the center drill the rivets with 1/4" drill, then cut an X with angle grinder, then use air chisel to cut the head off and air hammer to punch it out. Sounds complicated but it's not. Drill them all, then X them all, then break out the chisel.
On mine, the bucket holes did not line up so I just put the bucket where I wanted it, center punched the hole locations and drilled 4 new holes in the rail. Alternatively, you could center punch the bucket and dill it for the current frame holes. Reinstall with Grade 8 hardware and you are good to go.
I'd say it is one of the best mods I have done to my truck. The next best thing to coil overs. Definitely doable. I had them both swapped in about 2 hours. I would say that is pretty darn fast but I have finally climbed the learning curve on those pesky rivets.