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96 F250 4x4/SAS

Thought I would share my progress, not a Bronco but it is my 96 OBS F250 7.3. Its my tow rig and I carry a 10ft camper so I want to keep it low.

I love this truck, I picked it up for a song because it had a dead cylinder, turned out it had thrown 2 push rods, replaced them and it has run like a top for over a year now.
Anyhow the only thing I didnt like was that it was 2wd, that gonna change very soon.

Picked up a set of 04 SD axles and springs last week and got to work.

The idea is to use as much of the SD bracketry as possible, looks like the only thing I'll have to fab is the track bar and frame bracket. Everything I have been able to modify, or will modify.

I was able to get all the leaf spring mounts burned in today after work and did a little ride height test, LOVE IT! The offset is awesome too
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Thanks for posting this. I have a D60 out of a 01 F350 that I'm considering using in either my Bronco or other OBS Ford. Any and all additional pictures would be helpful, especially of the rear shackles. You're using stock/OE leaf springs correct? Will you be running a crossmember between the two front spring hangers?

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Thanks for posting this. I have a D60 out of a 01 F350 that I'm considering using in either my Bronco or other OBS Ford. Any and all additional pictures would be helpful, especially of the rear shackles. You're using stock/OE leaf springs correct? Will you be running a crossmember between the two front spring hangers?

Looking forward to updates.
Yeah, I'm using all of the SD brackets and springs.
I'll take some pics once it's done so you can see what I did.

Yes, I'll be a bar between the front leaf hangers under my intercooler.

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Looking forward to seeeing the pictures of how the brackets are attached to the frame. I have been pondering this for awh9ile. NICE find on the truck with the "dead" cylinder. Thats something we all dream about, lol

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Thats a pretty cool way to do a leaf SAS


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Nice work. Btw, you are aware of the value of your old wheels and especially center caps, right?

P.s, that's why I bought a f350... SA from the get go

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Nice work. Btw, you are aware of the value of your old wheels and especially center caps, right?

P.s, that's why I bought a f350... SA from the get go
Yes, I love these wheels, I was hoping to find a BJ 60 I could use so I could keep them but no luck.
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Nearing completion!

Got a done of work done this weekend, only things left are front shocks, front sway bar, box the frame where I had to notch it and the track bar.
I'll take care of the shocks and sway bar tomorrow and a friend of mine will be building the track bar since I don't have a bender anymore. Anyway here are some pics, I'll get better pics tomorrow when it's light out





In order to use the SD rear shackle mounts I had to notch the frame, so I have a pair of plates to box the frame in that area, cleans it up nicely, pics to follow

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It looks good like that, like it was built that way from the factory. Which leafs did you use in the front?




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Nice work. Btw, you are aware of the value of your old wheels and especially center caps, right?
While they look mostly identical, i thought only the Alcoas and not the Ford-manufactured wheels are worth $$$. Or are the Ford ones sought after now too? (i have a set of the ford ones.) I havent been following.
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It looks good like that, like it was built that way from the factory. Which leafs did you use in the front?




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While they look mostly identical, i thought only the Alcoas and not the Ford-manufactured wheels are worth $$$. Or are the Ford ones sought after now too? (i have a set of the ford ones.) I havent been following.
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A good centercap with functional spring will fetch 75 bucks here, each. NOS pieces over 100. The wheels are more common, but still valuable. The stockers on my 96 f350 were the Alcoa's. Didnt know there were two identical wheels made by two companies for the "OBS" 8 lug trucks.

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It looks good like that, like it was built that way from the factory. Which leafs did you use in the front?
These are the SD springs, they ride much better than the OBS inverted springs from what I have heard.

I've been driving it some today and it rides pretty nice, not much difference from the coil springs.
A small amount of bump steer which I expected since I don't have the track bar yet.

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A good centercap with functional spring will fetch 75 bucks here, each. NOS pieces over 100. The wheels are more common, but still valuable. The stockers on my 96 f350 were the Alcoa's. Didnt know there were two identical wheels made by two companies for the "OBS" 8 lug trucks.
I have a set with 305s on them; the set i ran on the green bronco when i first got it on the road. Ford stamps instead of Alcoa. Im pretty sure its the same way with the 5 lug wheels; two manufacturers.


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These are the SD springs, they ride much better than the OBS inverted springs from what I have heard.
Sorry, i meant which SD springs. I have the X codes in front of mine. Even with how stiff the X Codes are, they still ride better than the OBS springs.


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Raleigh, any additional close-up pictures of the brackets (front/rear) from different angles/sides that you could post pictures of? Any additional information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for posting this.
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Bump for additional pics and updates.

I picked up a set of Super Duty front leaf springs and brackets yesterday at the pick-n-pull. Just about have the parts I need to SAS my 95 F250.
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Sorry, I'll get some pics this weekend

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