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View Poll Results: Who will be your January 2018 F.O.T.M. ???
cstrike 23 46.00%
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Everyone loves being subjected to wedding photos, right? No? Alright then, I’ll keep this update brief. My Wife any I were Married in March of 2016 and we did it at the house with only immediate family. Because we did the photos on our property, we have a bunch with our animals and vehicles. Here are the best of the photos featuring the Bronco.

I was given my orders that I would participate (and even smile) in as many photos as requested. I was not to complain or question…. Most of these I think are cool even if a little cheesy. My only frustration was that the photographer wanted to stage a photo of my wife handing me a wrench and insisted on using one of a giant set she noticed in my garage. I tried to protest it was too big and didn’t fit anything but was told to do as instructed.
Too cool brotha...even with the wrench! Other than my own, I don't know any other wives in our families or circle of friends who'd of been willing to do that.

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post #102 of 161 (permalink) Old 01-21-2018, 10:50 AM
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Day 21

I didnít get a ton of pics as I upgraded my steering but todayís update is what I have. The axles I installed are welded front and rear. Certainly less than ideal, but fine for a truck mostly dedicated to the rocks. When I do drive around town, I get a kick out of the Swampers squealing every time I turn. But, the welded front sucks and was keeping me off the trails. After seeing @itwasFREE!!!! 's Bronco I decided to go with the Redneck Ram kit. They ported my steering box and sent it back to me.

Here is the DOM heim steering



And the ram kitÖ.. donít tell my wife it was on the kitchen counter!



Welded tabs to the tie rod and to the Ballistic Fab diff cover.






Concurrent with the ram kit I swapped to a Saginaw pump. While I was at it I modified the bracket to give me a base to mount a York compressor. Although the compressor works great, the On Board Air system still needs to be plumbed.




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I've probably posted some stills of this, but here's a short video of my best friend squeezing my 89' over one of Calico's Odessa Trail waterfalls last Oct 2017. He's currently re-building his bronco and was riding along with me and the wife.


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I've probably posted some stills of this, but here's a short video of my best friend squeezing my 89' over one of Calico's Odessa Trail waterfalls last Oct 2017. He's currently re-building his bronco and was riding along with me and the wife.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz5V4gq8-rU
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I really want to get to some wheeling pics but we are running short on time. So, here are some pics of me dovetailing the back of the Bronco. Iím not sure why I wanted to do this so badly but somehow the idea of the dovetail just screams hardcore to me. Knowing the truck was going to be a dedicated trail rig and mostly live in the garage I decided to get a cuttin.

After standing around and eye balling the truck for a while with a beer in hand, I decided I could get about 12Ē out of each side. The first thing I did was to cut a line parallel to the bed rail just inside the tailgate. I wanted to retain my wheel wells so I traced around the base of those.



I snapped a string 12Ē from the the first cut in the rear and under the wheel well to where I wanted the bend to begin. I the made the second cut to create a pie shape along this line.



Again, ratchet straps are my friend and I pulled in the bedside. By the way, the decision to dovetail then meant that I gifted the sport cage to the 96. I am in the process of building a replacement for the 86.




But, I was off by an inch. The pulled in bedside hit the rear shackle hanger and I had to settle for 11Ē per side. At first I was a little bummed but I then realized this offered an opportunity to plate over the 1Ē gap with 1.5Ē bar stock to make a stronger joint.




Here is how it ended up and I was out on the trail within a day or two.


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Time to air down. It's fun to watch other guys in the groups act like it's a race to see who can get them down the fastest. While it may have served it's purpose at one time. I have to say... I am not going to miss this front bumper.

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Argentine Pass

Argentine Pass
This was a fun day out, finally getting to get a chance at some off road experience. This wasn’t necessarily my first time but it was a good test to see what I knew and how to go about basic off roading.
Clearance? YUP




Tight fit, the huge con to taking the worst possible trail after polishing the paint to like new condition. UGH

Front clearance? YES





At the summit, I believe this is around 13,000 give or take. No issues on the truck, ran like a champ and loved the power from the batteries and alternator



Fun little hill climb, but you can tell the camera man (my dad) was out of breath from how steep it was! Hard to capture on camera so I guess you'll have to trust me

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Day 22

I canít believe it took me to day 22 to get to wheeling pics but that has been the story with this truck. Iíve spent all my time building, and up until recently, very little time wheeling the 86. Remember, the 96 was supposed to be the daily driver and this, the off-roader. But in the meantime, the 96 has been all over the state plus multiple trips to Moab. Well itís time to change all that.

My first real group trip with the 86 was a AZ Bronco club run on the Smiley Rock trail just outside Jerome, AZ. I literally finished the dovetail the night before and hit the highway the morning of the run. And yes, this truck still pulls 75 MPH on the freeway even though it isnít an enjoyable experience.

Meet and greet before the run:




Dirt road to the trail:







And on the rocks:














Trailís end:


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Very nice @cstrike . I knew that truck was going to look awesome in the rocks. Is that quader1 I see out there too? It's like "Rock Royalty" resides in AZ. Awesome! I love the body sucked in on that rear end as well.
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Tons of great pics all!!!

We currently have a 3 way tie at the top! I can't believe we only have 17 votes??? I'm sure some are waiting for all the bronco porn but let's not forget to get those votes in!


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I canít believe it took me to day 22 to get to wheeling pics but that has been the story with this truck. Iíve spent all my time building, and up until recently, very little time wheeling the 86. Remember, the 96 was supposed to be the daily driver and this, the off-roader. But in the meantime, the 96 has been all over the state plus multiple trips to Moab. Well itís time to change all that.



My first real group trip with the 86 was a AZ Bronco club run on the Smiley Rock trail just outside Jerome, AZ. I literally finished the dovetail the night before and hit the highway the morning of the run. And yes, this truck still pulls 75 MPH on the freeway even though it isnít an enjoyable experience.




I'm gonna have to make it down there sometime soon!
Iíve got a love affair with the state of AZ so I try to go anytime I can.
Wheeling with other BKOís all over the red rocks would be epic!
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Putting the rock slider to work. These are currently being replaced as well with a design shared with me by another member here.

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Another pov in the canyons of Calico. First time there with the 89' in 2016. This place offers some really good wheelin'.

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Day 23

Although there are hundreds (maybe thousands?) of great dirt service roads in Northern Arizona, there arenít too many rocks near my home in Flagstaff. Iím lucky to live 10 minutes from the Cinder Hills OHV area and that park is extremely popular. It has been featured in Dirt Every Day, Top Gear, Ultimate Adventure and countless print ads for all kinds of vehicles. When the AZ Bronco club came to Flagstaff last year most folks camped out in the cinders.

There is however, one rock staircase just down the road from me that happens to randomly be located off a forest road. Here are some pictures my buddy took of me on that staircase along with some shots of the same obstacle taken during the AZ Bronco club meet.

I spent maybe an hour or two starting to fab a post-dovetail rear bumper. My thought was it would look better in photos with something. Being in a rush and not trimming the ends or getting any paint on it ends up looking worse than having nothing.





I love the way those shots came out. My buddy is an old bull rider from Texas and can barely operate his smart phone. I guess it is a testament to modern technology the pics still came out so well! Only complaintÖ. he canít quite ever seem to get the entire truck in the photo.

And on the way home:



Here are the photos taken on the same staircase from the club meet:






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Coming out of the Jawbreaker section of Dishpan Trail. This is probably my favorite trail in the Big Bear area which throws a little bit of everything at you.

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Me and the wife spending a day out wheelin' with buddies. Is it just me or is there nothing sexier than a gal with a cold one between her knees, eating dust, pounding the rocks with you, and smiling the entire time??? Sorry 'bout the selfie hand shadow.

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Day 24

I’m going to have an early start to work on Wednesday so I’m posting the day 24 update now. With a goal to finish the month strong sharing some more action shots, I wanted to use this opportunity to share some pictures that don’t quite fit in other posts.

Trimming the fenders meant my sliders are too long. I almost cut them but they came out too nice and will now be hand-me-downs for the 96.





With that and other projects stacking up, I ordered some steel. I am quite fortunate to have an industrial fab shop at the end of my road that will sell or order me steel. I also have a powder coater two doors from the fab shop. I still tend towards rattle can. So here is the steel I got this month:



This pic also shows the trailer I brought home in November. I’ve been talking about getting a trailer for 5 years or so. Between wheeling and buying crap on craigslist, my wife told me to shut up about it and just buy the damn thing. I find all kinds of uses for it.



This is the extra wide ‘buggy hauler’ with drive over fenders. The front tires go up and over but the rear wedge in tightly. Now that I am more mobile, I anticipate many more wheeling trips this year.




Trimmed and painted the rear bumper:



And I started lining the rear bed rails with 2x3 angle. I wanted to square them up after the dovetail, add strength and have tie down points. These are a work in progress.



Despite the axles and fab work on my Bronco, I felt like I was behind the other rigs in the club. I’ve been neglecting the basics. I started spending time under the hood. I wanted to make more room so I eliminated the non functioning AC, the smog pump (I almost only drive off road) the cruise control and stock air box. I’m not a huge proponent of cold air intakes but wanted the room. I also replaced a leaky master cylinder with a 1 ton mc and booster.

Before:



After:



Going crawling with the club I’ve seen many broken driveline parts. I decided to raid the yard and stock up:



Right before the dovetail, I started adding brackets to my cage to carry spare shafts and my hi-lift. The 96 got to benefit even though I still haven’t swapped a D60 into it.



So a new cage is taking shape. This pic was from this past Sunday. We finally got some snow here in Flagstaff and I wanted a nice shot of it. You can see the start of a hybrid exo cage I’ve been working on this week:




Lastly, you might have noticed the steel Bronco logo adorning my garage here on the Bronco ranch. I free hand cut that out of a giant disk of ľ” steel. Here is what I did with the negative image:




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what an awesome showdown of broncos this month! it's almost unfair, having so many fine trucks in one month! some serious competition here. I have to say that I am very impressed with all of them.

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Before the beadlocks and sitting atop a hill overlooking the Yucaipa Valley where I live. It's at the bottom of Big Bear mountain pretty much and 10 minutes away from several forest service roads which lead to up to the San Bernardino mountains where there is wheelin'-a-plenty! Yes that's my gal inside enjoying the view.

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Navigating a rock garden on Holcomb Creek Trail. One of my favorite activities I must say. This is usually a good spot to stop, have lunch, and watch others test their skills. Spotter and winch help get asked of me frequently. What better way to kill a saturday?

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