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Howdy Guys, long time lurker here. Used to be 86Bronk but I can't figure out how to log back into that account, HAH! I've owned this bronco since I was 17 (32) now, figured after the trans shit the bed, it was time to take her apart and build a trail beater. Because who doesn't like a full size on the trails?

Tentative Build list Includes the Following
Lef sprung HP D60 Front / 4 Link 14 Bolt Rear (Eventually the front will get swapped to a 4 link/full hydro etc)
LQ9/TH400/Magnum box-np205 doubler
42" Rockers on 17" Battle Born Beadlocks
Safety Gear - Cage, Seats, Belts Etc.
Goal is a trailer beater and possibly some local rock racing events (I co-drive in a Ultra4 4400 Car, it'll probably see some type of racing event haha)


1986 XLT - 5.0/AOD/1356 with a 6" lift on 35" rubbers is how i beat on it for many years


Drug the ol turd out from behind the shop and started to rip out the TTB, Engine, Trans, Transfer case etc.


Obligatory Goodbye to the TTB


Engine Out


Cutting all the BS off the 60 and 14 bolt




Had some 41" Continental tires laying around and some 44" PitBull Rockers, just getting an idea of what i am getting myself into hah



Getting the 60 situated under the bronco with some 4" springs I had laying around



Starting the front Cross member, spring hanger, winch plate, and frame boxing


4" Channel and .375" tabs with .250" front skid caps & .250" Gussets






Freshened up some 17" x 9.5" w/ 3.5" B.S. Battle Born Beadlocks


Project was at a standstill until my tires showed up. Ended up with 42" x 15" PitBull Rockers - Got em mounted up and on the truck, gonna need to do some trimming


Hopefully this weekend i'll get the shackle hangers squared away. From there I need to design a truss for the 14 bolt or purchase one from Artec, which i'll probably do the latter for time savings and get the rear going. I'll be moving or building a fuel tank to allow a rear stretch and decent uptravel. Lots of plans and lots of work ahead!

I hope to have this on a trail for a shake down this time next year. Still need to source a LQ9, coil overs and some other odd and ends but it should go together smoothly.

I plan on keeping this thread updated as much as possible so I hope you all enjoy!
 

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Looks like a neat build. (Aside from the LS!)

Just as an fyi, my 85 has the bushwacker cutout flares. With a mere 4" ttb lift I can stuff 37s clear up and not touch the fender liner. 40s would be no different. I know that flares arent desired for woods trail riding, but you could use the lines for your trimming.



30 inches under the tire...
 

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Looks like a neat build. (Aside from the LS!)

Just as an fyi, my 85 has the bushwacker cutout flares. With a mere 4" ttb lift I can stuff 37s clear up and not touch the fender liner. 40s would be no different. I know that flares arent desired for woods trail riding, but you could use the lines for your trimming.
I knew i was gonna get crap for the LQ! hahah...its all good though! It wasn't my first choice by any means, im a ford guy at heart. But it just seems like the better way to go with this project.

I think i'm mainly going to need to do some trimming behind the front tire for uptravel. I'm willing to cut the roll of the fender out if necessary. Set up bump stops to limit if needed. I'll be doing mainly rock crawling and i don't see flares lasting too long 😅
 

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Hey, mine lasted through a couple trails at moab this year! If anything, once they do finally break, I'll switch to some gorilla warflares from wild horses.

I just had to give ya some flak for the LS. @Blue1551 is putting one in his bronco too. You pay the bills, you can do what you want.

I was looking to see what D60 you used, then realized the pumpkin was on the wrong side! What's it out of?
 

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Hey, mine lasted through a couple trails at moab this year! If anything, once they do finally break, I'll switch to some gorilla warflares from wild horses.

I just had to give ya some flak for the LS. @Blue1551 is putting one in his bronco too. You pay the bills, you can do what you want.

I was looking to see what D60 you used, then realized the pumpkin was on the wrong side! What's it out of?
If i could afford Ford HP, I would have stuck with it LOL. But basically everything i had needed replacement. Motor needed rebuild, a new trans, injection harness was garbage and needed a MAF conversion for any decent power. After adding things up, picking up a LQ9 and throwing a cam/intake mani with some bolts ons was the way to go for sure with more headroom than my little 5.0 would allow. Plus, Chevy motors and components are just so much more readily available for me, so it made more sense.

Ford Makes it, Chevy Shakes it 🤷‍♂️

Yea the D60 is out of a 97 F350. I'll need an adapter from AA to mate the ford NP205 to the TH400 to get the driver drop to work. Just money right? haha
 

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Doh! I was looking at the d60 upside down or something. Thought it was a Chevy unit. I pulled one out of a 96 at the JY, because I couldn't let it get scrapped. I have the old one out of my burnt 96 and one under my current 96. So many D60s! Maybe I should make a 4 wheel steer truggy of em my donor 88 f250 haha
 

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Nice job on the swap (y)

It sounds like youre moving the rear back and going with links? Interesting that youd put leafs up front and coils in the back, basically reverse of stock :p

Whats up with those continentals? I didnt know they made a 41" tire. While im sure the Pitbulls are better offroad, im curious as to how well the Conti's do on road.
 
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