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07-26-2019 07:11 PM
rhauf Yeah, I've been leaning slightly more towards building the Bronco lately, mostly because I'm picturing the parts just going together nicer (more room for suspension, and as an added bonus I wouldn't have to convert the steering box) I would keep the body basically stock on either, I don't really like the "narrowed" front and rears that some people do, I want it to remain street legal etc.

I can never bring my self to destroy a nice vehicle, so I guess that's another problem.. but that's where an exo-cage, or at least some good armor comes in.

I may have to get them both up on the lift and figure out how I'd build the suspension on either, that's likely the deciding factor. The worst part about my old rig (the 91 exploder) is that the front suspension has no clearance and it's a rough ride.

Crazybronco, what type of wheeling do you do? I like it all, but mostly trails and rocks are what's available, although I do love wheeling in the mud when the opportunity presents itself.
I don't care a whole lot about building this rig to go fast, as I have a can-am to satisfy my need for speed now days. (yeah i've jumped on the sxs bandwagon haha)
07-11-2019 11:46 AM
CrazyBRONCOguy I also like the superduty arm idea, especially since they are adjustable via a cam bolt.
As much as I like Bronco's a well built explorer would be fun too.

How much of the Bronco Body are you willing to not have, or how much must be there??? If you are cool with not caring about body damage, or making the front and rear smaller id do the bronco, but if you need keep it more nice, I think the explorer would fit better on most trails.

For me personally the 408 would likely win out over the 302 every time, but we are into 2 different types of wheeling.
07-11-2019 10:45 AM
Originally Posted by rhauf View Post
True.. I'll have the width of the axles either way, i guess if i go with the exploder it keeps the body in a bit tighter and gives me more room for a cage before i'm extending wider than my wheels already will be... guess i'll have to flip a coin.
I think fitting a 3-link in an explorer frame is going to be a challenge.

Ox built a 3-link for the front of his 79 and ran 2" coils for a long time, altho he had issues with the upper link hitting the oil pan. I know its a different generation frame, but its tight up there.

I would consider Superduty radius arms, it would be the easiest way to keep it low to the ground, and i think they handle better than the 70s style arms.
07-10-2019 01:21 PM
TravisITGuy Many trails here in the PNW have an 80" width restriction. now this is based on the tread contact patch on the ground.. not so much the overall width of the axle/tires/wheels.
07-10-2019 04:23 AM
rhauf True.. I'll have the width of the axles either way, i guess if i go with the exploder it keeps the body in a bit tighter and gives me more room for a cage before i'm extending wider than my wheels already will be... guess i'll have to flip a coin.
07-08-2019 09:59 PM
silent one I can comment on coil overs or a 3 link, but I’m on 37’s with about 6 or 7 inches of lift and works great for what I do. Drove from NY to Moab and back. Only down side to tailing a Fullsize is it’s big, not some much of an issue on the west coast, lots of trees here on the east coast.
07-06-2019 09:40 PM
Dana 60 SAS with coilovers

Disclaimer: I've spent the past 3 hours searching and reading about other peoples SAS builds.

Now that that's out of the way, on to my build project. I have no idea what route I'm going at this point so I wanted to open a discussion and get some opinions since I know a lot of you have SAS'd broncos and stuff before.

About 10 years ago I put a Sterling 10.25 and a Kingpin D-60 in a '91 explorer. That's been a great rig, I've been through 4 transmissions and 3 engines with it (all junkyard stuff) It was a total budget build where the only thing I really spent money on was the axles, gears, and lockers. I've had "tons" of fun with it but recently I had the most recent transmission fail (a 5 speed, which was a mistake to swap to from the auto to begin with), also the engine is getting some rod knock and quite frankly I'm just ready to build a new rig with a little more wheel travel (i had built this one as low as possible to keep it stable, the bump stops are only about an inch from the front axle at ride height) And I'd like a little more power, the 4.0 did okay with the automatic (usually) but it was horribly anemic with the 5 speed, and I couldn't gear it any lower than 5.38's

A couple videos of the old rig and my wheeling style

So It's decision time... I have two vehicles as possible candidates for the build, my goal is to have a comfortable vehicle that can seat at least 3 (since I have a wife and kid now) and is streetable with good road manners so I can drive to the wheeling places, which may be far away (like Moab)

Option #1: 1997 V8 Explorer. (302 with 4r70w)

Option #2: 1988 Bronco (408 stroker with AOD)

This won't be a go-fast build, it'll be a trail and rock rig and for that reason I want to keep it as low as possible (I'm thinking about 4 to 6 inches over stock height) so I can do stupid stuff like this with minimal risk of tumbling to my death

I intend to use the same 37" tires I already have.

The one thing which I have the least of these days is time... I have a welder, plasma cutter, and other necessary tools, but I'm hoping to find as much as I can pre-fabricated so I can hopefully get this project done in 2 weekends of working on it.

I'll leave the rear end leaf sprung, although I'd like to move the axle back an inch or so... no big deal here.

For the front, I was looking at this kit

I'm somewhat concerned about the location of the 3'rd link, weather there will be clearance for it without having to run too much lift.
On my old rig I did a radius arm type thing with two bushings on each arm, it worked okay but when it articulates it puts a bind on the bushings, so I can't use heims, and the softness of the bushines allows for a slight bit of axle wrap/shutter when traction is loose, so I don't really like that (especially since with either of the above options ill have quite a bit more power)

I already have high steer and a ram assist.

So, thoughts?

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