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Hey y'all,

It looks like my 4" Rough Country kit will arrive tomorrow (Wed). Since I've got Friday off I'm going to take the weekend and install it. I'll start on Friday and hope to finish on Saturday. If anyone is interested in coming by to check it out or lend a hand (hint! hint! ;)) feel free to drop by! Just let me know ahead of time. I'll happily feed pizza and beer to anyone willing to lend a hand. :thumbup

PM me for directions. I'm actually in the north side of Cedar Park.

Tommy
 

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Well, the previous owner already buzzed off the rivets on the radius arm brackets so that'll be plug-n-play. I'm sure I'll have my hands full with the front axle pivots, though. Fortunately, I've got a pretty well stocked garage and of course I've got air tools. ;)

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InkDawg said:
Sounds like it shouldn't be to bad then...but it helps to have extra hands...are you replacing any other stuff while you ahve the front end tore apart?
Yeah, extra hands are really what I'm looking for. If those extra hands are attached to someone who's done a lift kit before, then all the better! :rofl: I've already replaced the radius arm bushings, but I think I'll go ahead and pick up some axle pivot bushings, too. Should I get the ones with or without sleeves? I'm looking for whatever is easier and hopefully won't require a press since I don't plan on fully removing the axle assy. from the truck.

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So I noticed Rough Country has new instructions on their site and they seem to be much more informative. I was under the impression that removing rivets was needed in order to install the axle pivot drop brackets. Is this not the case? Do those brackets simply unbolt? Or do the new ones bolt to the existing ones?

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Ink, JSM84, and Ben, PM has been sent with my information. Thanks very much for the interest and feel free to come by. I should have enough beer. :rofl:

Scott, thanks for the offer. Yes, please PM or e-mail me your cell if you don't mind. I'm sure I could use some advice at some point. :whiteflag

So I just looked under the truck. The axle pivot for the driver's side axle definitely looks to be bolted into place. The axle pivot for the passenger's side axle looks to be bolted straight to the crossmember. Hmm... Maybe I need a closer look at the directions because from what I can see there really is no bracket for the pass. side axle pivot.

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Well, here's my question. Referring to this pic:



The pivot for the passenger side axle obviously mounts to the new drop bracket. Well, that's what mine looks like except without the drop bracket. In other words, it doesn't look like any orig, bracket was removed on that side. Does that make sense?

Oh, and I've got a welder, but the wire feed on it took a dump and I haven't fixed it yet. When I get time one of these days I'll trouble shoot it...

Oh (2), sure I don't mind helping you load up your rig as long as I get my hoopty put back together in time. I also need to get it aligned on Saturday after the install is complete!

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Mark, e-mail sent.

Brad, thanks for the heads up!

Everyone, if you plan on stopping by tomorrow (Friday), please let me know approximately what time you'll be coming around. :)

Thanks!
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Hey y'all,

Just spoke with Randy (JSM84) and he's planning on coming by a little after noon tomorrow (Fri.). I'll start on the rear blocks first thing in the morning after I make a tool run. Should be wrenching away by 9-10 am if things go as planned.

If by the grace of God this things gets buttoned up tomorrow, how about we all meet up Saturday anyway? The car show at the Home Depot (Parmer Lane/1431) is pretty dang big these days. Would be fun to show up with a couples tons of Bronco goodness! ;)

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Today Randy (JSM84) and I made a lot of progress. The rear is all done and the front is about 30% done. I'll be hitting it early tomorrow and we could sure use a couple extra sets of hands if anyone is interested! I'll start on it pretty early, probably around 9am or so. Not sure yet when Randy will show up.

If you need directions, just go here:
http://www.reganracing.com/directions.jpg

And here's my cell: 259 5566
Area code is 512.

Thanks!
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Done!!!

I can't thank Randy (JSM84) enough for his help on two nearly full days of wrenching! And today Richard (bigric) and Ben (swatchie) showed up bright and early and busted their butts helping. Later on Mark (skittles) popped in and helped out. I really appreciate the help, y'all! I would've really been struggling with this install all by myself! :thumbup

Anyway, here's some pics....

Before:


Half-way:


Finished!!


And yes it fits in the garage! So the 31's are coming off in favor of some 33's.



Thanks again guys!! :beer

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InkDawg said:
Looks good...from your pic in the garage are you cajun...I see LSU...
Born and raised in New Orleans. Moved from there (Baton Rouge, technically) in '95 after I graduated. Geaux Tigers! :thumbup

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Justshootme84 said:
Tommy R, your Bronco lift install turned out awesome!!! That had to be the easiest job and least amount of cussing or throwing parts (only once if I recall) I've ever worked on. Let us know how the alignment goes and how you like the new ride.

And don't forget about the taller ride when you exit the Bronco!!! I also have a few pics that I took during the install that need to be uploaded onto the 'puter later tonight. Hopefully, we got some great pics of the axle pivot bushing removal and my "special" tool, JSM84:wacko
Thanks, Randy! And thanks again for all your help!!! Randy spent the better part of two days helping out a complete stranger. He's a pretty stand-up guy in my book! :thumbup

I've got a bunch of pics of your bushing tool. I'll get them uploaded and send you the links...

Tommy
 
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