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Hi everyone! It has been a while. Life sure does take us places over a decade. I have had to sell and then bought and sold again many times. Through all that I learned what I wanted in my Bronco.
I came across a 1986 with a 5.0 and the manual transfer case. My previous ones were push button and I really prefer the simplicity. I also for some reason prefer the 302 over the 351. It seems to get just a little better mileage.
I traded an air compressor for this one. It has it's good and bad with it but all in all it is pretty solid.
This week I am going start the engine rebuild and go through all the suspension. As long as it is running good I am going to drive it through the winter as is. Then I plan on spring body work. I really think the body is clean enough if I were to put wheel flares on it and cut out the wheel wells.
I have two questions. With 33's what is a good lift for this? Not too tall as girlfriend is short, and what is the best cost effective flare kit for the wheel wells?
I hope I will finally post more. I will take pictures when I have more time.
Take care!

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Yo Jason,

Member Wes wrote in Lift Guide @ LIFT AND TIRE INFORMATION FOR 80-96 BRONCOS "Generally 33 inch tires will fit without rubbing issues except on the radius arms. Some rubbing may occur on the fenders under extreme flex but can be fixed with very minor trimming and if the rubbing occurs on the bumper it can be spaced out to fix this problem. A 4 inch lift can fit 35s with minor trimming but 33s are recommended to alleviate any rubbing issues. A 6 inch lift can fit up to 35 inch tires with minor rubbing if any. Skyjacker makes an 8 inch lift that can be used to fit up to 38 inch tires, but this puts a lot of strain on the TTB axle setup."

Other members can suggest flares or to chat about it's planned modifications or build, it's better to post each seperately in Noobie BroncTech Questions. Flame free zone. This will get more attention and you can build up your post count to get into other sections such as Bronco and Ford Parts/Accessories (75 posts required to buy, sell or trade, due to scammers who preyed on our members too many times.

Here's the 86 Bronco Dealer Brochure at 1983 Ford Bronco 86 Bronco Brochure Photos pictures, videos, and sounds |

1986 Bronco ELECTRICAL & VACUUM TROUBLESHOOTING MANUAL (partial) by Ford via 1986 EVTM - Gary's Garagemahal (the Bullnose bible)

1985-1986 Fuel System Adjustments by Ford via Gary
See more info by Gary.

1986 Bronco Operating Guide @ 1983 Ford Bronco Manuals & Pamphlets (Scanned) picture |

1980-86 Pickup Fasteners by Ford via Gary, but mostly for front clip

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1981 Bronco, 4.9L, ZF5, NP208, Detroit Truetracs, 3.55 gears, 31" Wranglers front and rear
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Congrats on the 86 and welcome back! I snuck in while you were gone. See what happens when you leave the door open! Lookin' forward to pics.
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