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cobrajoe 08-01-2017 07:21 PM

96 Build
As some of you know, I bought this clean '96 Eddie Bauer w/114K last fall for $3500. My plan was to retire (read:SELL) my old '93 and build a new truck to plow my road and play around with on the beach once in awhile. I took pictures as I went along meaning to do a build thread, (sorry) but never posted so I'll try and bring it up to date.

Here is what she looked like when I picked her up:

It has a 5.8 w/manual Transfer case.

cobrajoe 08-01-2017 07:38 PM

cobrajoe 08-01-2017 07:39 PM

While I was at it, I scrapped the step-an-tow bumper, cut the frame rails back and added a Lund Roll Pan from a F150 for a cleaner look.

cobrajoe 08-01-2017 07:53 PM

I burnt off the old coil spring buckets and Installed new ones with the 6" springs from my '93 w/ air bags ( I use them when I put the plow on)

along with JBG's radius arms and drop brackets. (notice my shop seats are Bronco Buckets :thumbup )

cobrajoe 08-01-2017 07:55 PM

Here it is with the springs in and the 33's that it came with: I had to add the 3" block from my old truck.

cobrajoe 08-01-2017 08:04 PM

I took the Currie 9" out of my '93 w/ Detroit locker and 4:10's and dropped it into the '96.

cobrajoe 08-01-2017 08:11 PM

I put the 37's from the '93 on and found that I still need some more clearance:

So I cut two inches out of the coil buckets and did an add a leaf.

cobrajoe 08-01-2017 08:21 PM

I figured I may have gone a little too much, so I figured I'd see if my old 44's filled the wheel well up a little better.....

and all of a sudden the 37's looked tiny:

Festus 08-01-2017 09:28 PM

Looking good!

1985 Bronco 08-01-2017 10:32 PM

Is it a 95 or 96? Thread title says 96, and post says 95. Looks like a sweet rig!

cobrajoe 08-02-2017 05:51 AM


Originally Posted by 1985 Bronco (Post 6727522)
Is it a 95 or 96? Thread title says 96, and post says 95. Looks like a sweet rig!

My bad, it's a 1996, hit the wrong key or maybe just a brain fart. That's what happens when you have a '93,'96 as drivers & '96 parts truck.

I tried to correct it, but can't figure out how. Maybe get the Mods to correct it, sorry.

I'll try and get some more pics up tonight to try and bring things up to speed.

Thanks for the compliments.

lugnut1009 08-02-2017 07:22 AM

Same paint scheme as mine, I will have to stay up dated on this build. Looks good. I like where you are heading with this. :twotu:

biggum 08-02-2017 07:38 AM

Nice. Looking forward to more!

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N2 Bronco's 08-02-2017 09:15 AM

Looks good. Same colors on my FSB as well except your paint looks better. I have to try and polish the paint to get the luster and shine back.

So are you going to keep the 44's on it or was that just to see how it looks?

TravisITGuy 08-02-2017 12:28 PM

so given that you removed the 8.8 how do you plan to address the missing tone ring and speedo/e4od not shifting correctly.

If you run a zero rate block in the back it will allow the rear axle to recenter correctly in the rear wheel well.

lugnut1009 08-02-2017 02:31 PM


Originally Posted by cobrajoe (Post 6727298)

Which shackle flip size did you use? They have a 2, 4.5, and 6. I'm guessing the 4.5? I see you also used their heavy duty 1" longer shackles too.

cobrajoe 08-02-2017 08:12 PM

Thanks for all the compliments.
Now to the questions:
1.) I'd like to keep the 44's but don't know how far along I'll get before the snow starts; I might plow with the 37's this winter and pick back up in the spring making the 44's work. :shrug

2.) I'm gonna pull the tone ring off the transfer case on the '93 now that I put the 8.8 back in that: ( sorry for the stolen photo, but photofuc*et won't allow me to access my account where the pic of mine is)

3.) I did have to go to the zero rate block to move the rear 1 1/2" back as you can see by these pics. I also had to go to a 2" block after the zero rate added an inch

4.) I believe it was 4.5" with an added inch with the heavy duty shackle

cobrajoe 08-02-2017 08:37 PM

Well, as you see, I went high enough to cause my drive shaft to bind, so I had to drop my transmission and transfer case to get a better angle. I was fortunate enough to have a good friend who builds boat towers help me fab up a drop mount. Here some pics of what we did. I gained almost 4" of drop in the end.

cobrajoe 08-02-2017 08:43 PM

cobrajoe 08-02-2017 08:54 PM

That worked out so well that I now had to drop my radius arms at least another 4" to make things work. So, we fabbed up some new drop brackets:

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