Join Date: Jul 2009
Bronco Info: 80 Bronco 300 I-6, 9" Rear, Dana44 SAS, 205 35/12.50/15 BFG A/T(for now) on 15x10 steel wheels
SAS Dana44 X-member issues
I have an '80 BKO that picked up for $1. No joke, a buck (IE the name, cheap fun). The frame was bent. Got it pulled. I'm in the process of swapping in a Dana44 coil sprung front that I got complete for $200 from a dead '79 BKO. It came w/ radius arms, brakes, sway bar, a posi, & the steering linkage. I've already mocked it up in the rig with 4" lift springs from a '79, 2" radius arm drop brackets,a 4" drop pitman arm & extended shocks. I'm reusing the '80 spring buckets, even though they are about 3" lower than the '79. I have the brake lines figured out & the driveline. My problem is that even with the longer springs & lower buckets, I'm pretty sure that the diff will crash into the engine crossmember on suspension uptravel. How much material can I safely remove from this crossmember without weakening it too much or should I cut it out altogether & start over? I'm not afraid to cut out the crossmember with my torch but, it will lead to quite a bit more fabrication (which is not my strongest skill). I would rather notch out the existing crossmember if possible. Any input help. Thanks.