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I recently purchased new Front Lower Shock Brackets from Bronco Graveyard to install on my 96 Eddie Bauer. The parts mount up great and are well built! The one difference I noticed between the OEM brackets and new replacement brackets are the upper locking tabs on the OEM brackets that lock the spring seat / sway bar bracket end into a fixed position. My concern is without this locking tab, that the spring seat could easily shift side to side with sway bar motion, noting only the 110 ft/lb factory torque recommendation for the lower spring retention nuts. I have asked the same question to Bronco Graveyard Tech Support and they stated that their aftermarket Front Lower Shock Brackets have never had the locking tab and they have not seen or heard of any issues relating to my concerns. Wondering the opinions of this group before I lock everything down this weekend? Adding a picture for reference. Thanks to All in advance for the great support you provide!

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Yo Rattle&Hum96,

Welcome!
My internet has been freezing this morning, so for now, posting this info for you:
Section 04-01B: Suspension, Front, 4-Wheel Drive
1996 F-150, F-250, F-350 4x4 and Bronco Workshop Manual​
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Spring, Coil, F-150 and Bronco

Removal
  1. CAUTION: The axle must be supported on the jack throughout spring removal and installation, and must not hang by the front brake hose (2078). If the length of the front brake hose is not sufficient to provide adequate clearance for removal and installation of the front coil spring (5310), the disc brake caliper (2B120) must be removed from the spindle according to the procedures specified in Section 06-03. After removal, the disc brake caliper must be placed on the frame or otherwise supported to prevent suspending the disc brake caliper from the caliper hose. These precautions are absolutely necessary to prevent serious damage to the tube portion of the front brake hose assembly.
    Raise the vehicle on a twin-post (axle contact type) hoist. If a frame hoist is used, raise the vehicle and position tall jack stands under the front axle. Lower the hoist until the axle is in the normal ride height position.
  1. Remove the front shock absorber-to-lower bracket attaching bolt and nut.
  1. For vehicles equipped with quad shocks, remove the attaching nut and front shock lower mount from the stud on the bracket.
  1. Remove front coil spring lower retainer attaching nut from inside of the spring coil.
  1. Remove front coil spring upper retainer attaching screw and upper retainer.
  1. Position safety stands under the frame side rails and lower the axle enough to relieve tension from the front coil spring. If a frame hoist is used, slowly lower the hoist enough to relieve tension on the front coil springs.
  1. Remove the front coil spring lower retainer and the front coil spring.

    Front Coil Spring, F-150 and Bronco with Dana Model 44 IFS
    162996

    ItemPart NumberDescription
    1N805348Nut and Washer Assembly
    218198Insulator
    35B315Spring and Shock Bracket
    45A333Upper Retainer
    540949Bolt
    618124Front Shock Absorber
    7620468Nut
    8620469Nut
    918126Shock Bracket
    10805033Bolt (Must Be Installed in Direction Shown)
    113405Radius Arm (RH)
    123A292Radius Arm (LH)
    13605921Bolt
    143002Axle
    1558740Bolt
    163B446Front Axle Radius Arm Bracket
    1740954Bolt (2 Req'd)
    18390678Stud
    195B316Lower Spring Seat
    205414Front Spring Insulator
    215A349Retainer
    22388833Nut
    235310Front Coil Spring
    ATighten to 34-46 Nm
    (26-33 Lb-Ft)
    BTighten to 18-24 Nm
    (13-18 Lb-Ft)
    CTighten to 34-46 Nm
    (26-33 Lb-Ft)
    DTighten to 60-81 Nm
    (45-60 Lb-Ft)
    ETighten to 364-440 Nm (269-325 Lb-Ft) Then Hand-Tighten to
    434-461 Nm
    (320-340 Lb-Ft)
    FTighten to 26-34 Nm
    (19-25 Lb-Ft)
    GTighten to 258-311 Nm (190-230 Lb-Ft) Then Hand-Tighten to
    326-352 Nm
    (240-260 Lb-Ft)
    HTighten to 94-134 Nm (70-100 Lb-Ft)
Installation
  1. Place the front coil spring in position and slowly raise the front axle, or raise the hoist if a frame hoist is being used. Make sure front coil springs are positioned correctly in the upper spring seats.
  1. Position the front spring lower retainer over the stud and lower seat and install the attaching nut 94-134 Nm (70-100 lb-ft).
  1. Position the upper retainer over the front spring and install the attaching screws 18-24 Nm (13-18 lb-ft).
  1. Position the front shock absorber (18124) to the lower bracket and install the attaching bolt and nut with the bolt head toward the tire. Tighten the bolt and nut to 60-81 Nm (45-60 lb-ft).
    If the vehicle has quad shocks, position the front shock absorber in place and install the attaching nut. Tighten to 60-81 Nm (45-60 lb-ft).
  1. Remove safety stands and lower the vehicle.

    Quad Shocks, F-150 and Bronco with Dana Model 44 IFS Front Drive Axle

    162997

    ItemPart NumberDescription
    1805348Nut and Washer
    2802084Washer
    318198Insulator
    45A333Front Spring Upper Mounting Retainer with tab
    540949Bolt
    618124Front Shock Absorber
    7620468Nut
    8620469Nut
    918126Shock Bracket
    103405Radius Arm (RH)
    113A292Radius Arm (LH)
    12805033Bolt (Must Be Installed in Direction as Shown)
    13605921Bolt
    1458740Bolt
    1540954Bolt (2 Req'd)
    1618A151Front Lower Shock Bracket (RH)
    1718A153Front Lower Shock Bracket (LH)
    18N806085Nut and Washer
    19390678Stud
    205A349Retainer
    21N800895Nut
    225310Front Coil Spring
    235A307Lower Spring Seat
    245414Front Spring Insulator
    ATighten to 34-47 Nm
    (25-35 Lb-Ft)
    BTighten to 18-24 Nm
    (13-18 Lb-Ft)
    CTighten to 34-46 Nm
    (26-33 Lb-Ft)
    DTighten to 60-81 Nm
    (45-60 Lb-Ft)
    ETighten to 434-461 Nm (320-339 Lb-Ft)
    FTighten to 26-34 Nm
    (19-25 Lb-Ft)
    GTighten to 326-352 Nm (240-260 Lb-Ft)


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Its not just 140ft/lbs on that nut holding it... Theres 1500 lbs putting pressure down through the springs.

Plus, there should be two bolts holding it against the axle beam.
 

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Thanks BigBlue 94. My greatest concern was the possible shifting of the lower spring seat. What was once locked in position on both sides from a factory spec is no longer the case. i just don't want to end up with the sway bar and its mounts shifting to one extreme or the other and not returning. Bracket bolts are in the axel frame and that is solid and fits perfect with the new radius arms but does not prevent the spring seat from moving if forces were great enough. Good point on the weight! Thanks!
 
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