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I'm new to the site but have been following your go fast builds builds for a while now. I currently have an 84 Bronco with Solo beams, Superlift radius arms/ coils, and Rancho shocks. I know not good but I'M on a buget and trying to piece together a decent front end for the local dezert. Few questions for the experts, anyone know of the diff btwn Solo beams and Camburg/Autofab stuff, I saw a guy on here recently sold his Solo stuff and just bought camburg beams? Also will any of the above companies radius arms work in harmony with my beams or should I just get the Solo's. I know you guys recomend stuff that is in "kit form" for lack of a better term.
 

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Welcome to the sight.Im no expert on this but Im sure someone will chime in.Well from going on there sight they have a very nice trussed,Cut and turned, and uniballed beam.But dont know what all has been done to yours.The Camburg Radius arms would defeintely be a upgrade from the Superlifts.they should go nicely with the Solo beams.If you cant afford to go full zoot and get the Heim jointed setup and correct frame bracket.Just Do like I did.Buy just the beams and Use a Large grade eight bolt in the factory radius arm brackets with the Poly bushings until you can buy the heims and new brackets later.Just need to be sure at ride heigth you have a 8 degree caster angle back at the top compared to the bottom ball joint. when everthing is bolted up tight.Otherwise it will wander around on the road.You can put a angle finder on the flat side of the beam and check for the 8 degrees.
 

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That would be me that sold the solo front end. Some guys have luck mixing and matching, i wasn't so lucky. The solo stuff was ok, i just wasn't happy with the end result.

For my new truck, it was a toss up between autofab, and camburg. And since camburg parts started falling into my lap for very cheap, my mind was made up for me.
 

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Thanks for the quick response guys, it helps to hear the truth from people with knowledge of what I have. I should have added that the stuff is already on the bronco (what a pain doing it alone in the driveway with short jackstands) Also does anyone have an issue with the passenger side axle shaft contacting the beam were it passes through the beam. I have a little line on the shaft after i go wheeling. nothing major just enough to make me think. thx
 

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Cool thanks for the help. What did u not like about your solo stuff? Anything specific or just general performance? Sorry for the weak questions but I'm trying to learn from others experience and I just figured how to log on to this site after a year...no tech wiz here...
 

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I can't really say it was the solo stuff. I had a hodge podge of different parts, and i just wasn't mechanically inclined enough to make them all work together properly.
 

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Also does anyone have an issue with the passenger side axle shaft contacting the beam were it passes through the beam. I have a little line on the shaft after i go wheeling. nothing major just enough to make me think. thx
I've never had to clearance any of my axle-housings for axle-shaft clearance. If you had coil-overs and were milking every last bit of travel out of the front end you might need to, but it's not necessary with most front ends when they're bumped and strapped properly.
 

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I thought you might say that. And of course it is not bumped, strapped, or even suspended properly. Steve your build is my inspiration, a do it all truck that is family friendly. I have the same drivetrain as you minus the cool stuff. thx
 

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Welcome to Bronco speed. I weas the guy that bought Brokens solo bucket and hoops. I am running camburg arms with them and I am very happy. I have a few things I need to sort out still but they are not related to solo's product. If youa re going to mix and match be warned that you may encounter minor issues along the way. You have a nice start to things. You should not have nay problems with running camburgs radius arm with your beams. If you are not in a hurry I would keep an eye out on Race dezert classifieds, radius arms pop up pretty frequently. There are many ways to skin the cat so to speak. I look forward to seeing more of your build.
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Thanks for all who have responded with advise... I know that I am not doing things the best way by piecing things together but the price tag of a full system is a tough pill to swallow right now. I guess I should have introduced myself first before asking for help so here goes, I am a So Cal native with a young family and have always loved off roading. I have been into the slower wheeling for a while and have built a few Samurais and a 4 runner that I did the Rubicon with in the past few years. Then i got the bug to start going a little faster and decided to sell that stuff and build a moderate bronco.

My bronco is an 84 with 104k original miles, 351, C6, 208 ,9 inch all stock. I bought it with a 4 inch superlift and a host of other mid to late 80's cosmetic additions...like a brush guard, fender flares, nerf bars , u get the idea.

So the idea is to build a ride that can still do some decent trail work and get pushed a little harder in the desert...

Thanks again for the replies and warm welcome on the site.
 

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My bronco is an 84 with 104k original miles, 351, C6, 208 ,9 inch all stock.
As they say in real estate, you have to start out with something that has good bones. You my freind have a truck with great bones! Those are some very desireable parts to start with.

Have fun bulding it, i look forward to seeing what you do.
 

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I know that I am not doing things the best way by piecing things together but the price tag of a full system is a tough pill to swallow right now.
If you buy right, you only have to swallow it once!

The main thing to remember when hodge-podging it is to cycle the suspension... A LOT! With and with out the wheels, with and without the shocks. Check ALL clearances, from steering lock to lock and from full bump to full droop. Find the limits and make sure you don't ever get near them. Then, when you're done and confident you have all your measurements right, do it ALL again.
 

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Thats kinda why I started with my 84. Hard to beat the 9 inch,C-6 combo.Did upgrade to the newer 97 351W though.I could have bought a newer bronco, but new I would be buying all new glass anyway.The dash swap wasnt a whole lot of fun though.But didnt have to be done.Plus 600 bucks for a nice sound canvas to start with sounded good to me.
 

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Figured out how to post pics. So this is hopefully my before pics, and ten years from now will be the after pics. I want to remove some of the 80's cosmetic stuff but it's kind of funny and reminds me of high school.














 

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Nice.Pretty clean for a 84.Mine wasnt that nice when I started.A nice prerunner front bumper will do wonders for the looks of it.I cut my frame rails at a 45 on the ends and plated the end to give it a nice look.
 

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Looks like a decent starting point. The axle-shaft rubbing is a geometry issue. Enlarging the hole in the beam would just be masking the problem.

What else are you wanting to do to it?
 
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