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I was planning on using these axles in a Ranger but the truck had some title problems, so instead these axles will go into my 83 trail rig. This swap will start off at a snails pace but should take off Summer 2012 and hopefully done short after.

Vehicle:
1983 Bronco
Stripped down to the absolute bare essentials
4.9 inline 6
C6 trans
Np208
Mix and match 35" tires

The Pig


Plans:
D44 solid front w/ leaf springs
Lunchbox Spartan locker, 4.88s
9" spooled rear, 4.88s
Np435 slush box
Np205
37s
Slowly make upgrades to the D44 such as CrMo axles, etc

Current parts pile:
76-77 D44


Late 70s 9" axles, one to build, one as spare parts


Np435


Still looking for the np205

Fred
 

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Starting off by removing the wedges




Then some disassembly


Ready for some new parts.


Fred
 

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diggn' the half doors:thumbup
Thanks man. It was first set ever. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out. Next time I'll incorporate some more creativity.
 

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Waiting for parts, so time to turn the attention to the 9"

I was scraping off all the old grime on the housing and this fell off, any ideas where it goes?


Round 1 with the wire wheel


This kept getting in the way


Goodbye



Stripped and 2nd round with the wire wheel


Time to start gathering more parts.


Fred
 

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Here is where I need help. I'm looking for about a 2-4" lift from the leaf springs. Can anyone point me in the right direction as to where to start looking?
 

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spool out back huh, this isnt a DD i take it.

as for lift just look into AALs or do a shackle flip out back. going to a solid front end your going to get at least 6" lift upfront.
 

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Here is where I need help. I'm looking for about a 2-4" lift from the leaf springs. Can anyone point me in the right direction as to where to start looking?
You have a couple of different options. Cheapest and best ride quality would be to keep your factory springs and you can use an add-a-leaf and shackle flip. Plus the shackle flip will help with articulation if set up properly. That'll net you about 4-4.5" of lift.

Other than that, 4" Lift leaf springs are the equivalent of a 6" Lift (2" lift is just a 2" front spring, 4" lift is 4" front springs and 2" leaves, 6" lift is 6" front springs and 4" leaves etc etc) so you have to be careful mix and matching.

What size coil springs are you running in the front?
 

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I didnt even know that the wedges on a radius arm 44 came off....
How hard are they to get off?
 

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They only come off on the 77 and older axles. Just grind down the welds and they come off like any other bracket on the axle. On the 78 & 79, they cannot be removed.
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Here is where I need help. I'm looking for about a 2-4" lift from the leaf springs. Can anyone point me in the right direction as to where to start looking?
2" lift is going to be very hard to get, but 4" shouldnt be a problem.
I would probably start with stock front F350 leafs, or front K5 leafs, as both are all but flat. Then run a stock length shackle out back, and build the front spring hangar as short as you can to still get a good caster angle.
 

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Well, the SAS is back on with it will be with either radius arms or a 3 link. More to come soon.
 
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