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Old 06-26-2005, 08:54 PM   #1
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78 Bronco, Which lift kit?

One of my buddies just bought a 78 Bronco and we're going to lift it. What kits are available and which are the best, worst, cheapest and most expensive? Looking for some recommendations here. Pros and Cons...

He would like either 6" or 9" of lift.

Also, how much lift do you need to fit 35's and/or 38's?

Appreciate the help!
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Old 06-26-2005, 09:12 PM   #2
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Old 06-26-2005, 09:26 PM   #3
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What kind of an answer is that!? I'm online, wanna research online!
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i can get 35s on my stock 79 bronco, but if your going to be doing any offroading a 4 inch lift would probably be a good idea
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One of my buddies just bought a 78 Bronco and we're going to lift it. What kits are available and which are the best, worst, cheapest and most expensive? Looking for some recommendations here. Pros and Cons...

He would like either 6" or 9" of lift.

Also, how much lift do you need to fit 35's and/or 38's?

Appreciate the help!
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Old 06-27-2005, 12:30 AM   #6
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[quote=DeanHensler]One of my buddies just bought a 78 Bronco and we're going to lift it. What kits are available and which are the best, worst, cheapest and most expensive? Looking for some recommendations here. Pros and Cons...



Also, how much lift do you need to fit 35's and/or 38's?

you can fit 35's with 4" lift and no trimming
and 38's with 7" lift and no trimming
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what do you want to do with the truck ? street or offroad you can fit 35 with a 6 inch lift . You want arched leafs for the back not blocks you will also have to extend your driveshafts and you might have to rotate your rear end for your pinion angle you will definetly have to do this for a nine inch lift
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what do you want to do with the truck ? street or offroad you can fit 35 with a 6 inch lift . You want arched leafs for the back not blocks you will also have to extend your driveshafts and you might have to rotate your rear end for your pinion angle you will definetly have to do this for a nine inch lift
This truck is used for mostly on road driving. Occasional Offroad and local mud bogs for fun. This isn't a daily driver, but not a really hard core offroader either. Probably looking for the least expensive lift that isn't junk or hard to install.

Do you have to get new driveshafts with the 6 inch lift or just the 9 inch?
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on my 78 i had to get both front and rear driveshafts lengthened with a 6 inch lift.You could fit 35 inch on a 4 inch with no driveshaft modifications.A 9 inch lift your rear driveshaft will be at a steep angle and you will have to rotate your rearend for pinion angle
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:31 AM   #10
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Any chance of fitting 38.5x11 boggers with a 6 inch lift?
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:34 AM   #11
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ya they willl fit i have had that size on my broco what axles and gears ratio u have?
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1/2 ton axles, not sure the gearing. Its my buddies Bronco. If we can fit 38.5x11 boggers with 6 inches we'll probably do that.
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your gearing is prob 3.54 im running 4.10 with 35 tire you will need 4.10s 4.56 would be better. With 3.54 and 38s you won't have very much getup off the line.38 is a big tire for the dana 44 go eazy on the gas or your ujoints will explode
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I have 5" of lift and 36" tslsx and don't rub the fenders at all and it flexes pretty good.
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your gearing is prob 3.54 im running 4.10 with 35 tire you will need 4.10s 4.56 would be better. With 3.54 and 38s you won't have very much getup off the line.38 is a big tire for the dana 44 go eazy on the gas or your ujoints will explode
4 low my man....

This isn't a heavy duty trail rig. Just going offroad once in a while and hitting the local mud boggs.
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ya your right you wont have any problems
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:21 AM   #17
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So it looks like its down to the Skyjacker 6" or Superlift 6".

Superlift is more expensive. Which would you guys recommend?
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Skyjackers leaf springs are nicer IMO. But the Superlift kit will give you about an inch more lift. PLus the powdercoating on the superlift coils is much nicer than the powdercoating on the skyjackers; The red turns orange and begins to peel off after a few monthes. I have the superlift 9" spring up front and 6" skyjacker leaves in the back . Just throwing out some info. I would go with the 6" superflex kit from JBG if you really want the best al around kit.
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Old 06-29-2005, 03:54 PM   #19
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the superlift coils are a little bit stiffer than the skyjacker
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the superlift coils are a little bit stiffer than the skyjacker
Yeah I think thats why they give you a little more lift. Less compressing.
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