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Hey all i have been mia for a while here. i started a new project about a 2 weeks ago using a 89 fullsize bronco 351W,C6 3speed and bw1356 tcase so far what i have i the rear rockwell is bolted in using a set of skyjacker lifts springs from a 8" lift kit the srping orginally gave me about 7" of lift. The front is going to be running a set of leafs out of a mid 80's chevy blazer, using the blazers rear shackle, flipped on the front of my bronco. i will have pics coming soon with a whole write up on what i have done and plan on doing..I have a set of 39 boggers on 15" wheels, looking for bigger tires and beadlocks. full hyrdo steering , detroits F/R and shaved pumkins. i figure i would give you guys a heads up on whats going on here is the south this how she looked b4 the rockwells took over....ill have pics tomorrow
 

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about time someone did rocks here.... D60s are stupidly $$$$ rockwells are the way to go anymore. I want to see your setup, im thinking rocks for my '74 F100
 

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Definitely need more pics!:popc1: Sounds like a cool project.
 

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I got most of the sus. works done, i still need to put on some front shocks and weld the rear shocks mounts up. i have the rear drive shaft already with 1330joint on the tcase end with out the CV joint and 1410 joint on the rockwell end. i only have one pinion brake right now, ill soon order another. i moved the hydro ram for the steering to the front of the axle and welded on a tab to the rockwells steering knuckle, i had to heat the knuckle to 500* in order to weld on that cast metal..that was a pita. im still lacking one hydro line coming from the pump to the ortial valve, i have a hard time finding the right style fitting for the pump on the pressure port to go to the pressure port on the valve which is a 8n hydro tread any ideas?










 

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how much heavier are rockwells compared to a Dana 60 14 bolt etc..

and are those shackles gonna be strong enough to handle any side load?
 

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I sincerely hope those shackle mounts are for mock-up purposes only...
 

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everything is still in a mock up stage,just to let yall know..i have alot more to do here yet. front crossmember for the front spring hanger. and a different set of shackles for the rear of the springs...something about those scare me something
awful!!
 

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How much did those rockwells run you if you don't mind me askin? What gears do they come with??
 

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aside from the mock-up shackles and hangers, im seeing a problem with the lack of clearance on the front chunk concerning the crossmember. one good bounce out of a mudhole and you're gonna drive that pinion straight into the xmember, unless you bumpstop the hell out of it
 

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i'd love to run rockwells simply cause a front and rear set is cheaper than a d60 front here localy.
problem with our trucks, even if you really hack the crossmember, you still need a ton of lift so they clear. to much for my taste.
very popular axle in my area with the mud bog guys. most of those trucks the frame is about 5 plus feet from the ground, and they run very tall tractor tires.

i dont know what your plans are for your truck. personaly i'd love to see you pull off a rockwell swap with only moderate lift and leafs.
 

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I love how it looks. I'm doing the same with my 79 but i'm building a custom frame. Did you have the front axle narrowed or is it stock width?
 

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i'd love to run rockwells simply cause a front and rear set is cheaper than a d60 front here localy.
problem with our trucks, even if you really hack the crossmember, you still need a ton of lift so they clear. to much for my taste.
very popular axle in my area with the mud bog guys. most of those trucks the frame is about 5 plus feet from the ground, and they run very tall tractor tires.

i dont know what your plans are for your truck. personaly i'd love to see you pull off a rockwell swap with only moderate lift and leafs.


Would a custom crossmember like GKR's help maybe:shrug ?



http://www.supermotors.net/vehicles/registry/12207/50058
 

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the rocks are stock width with the hubs flipped out. i have welded 3/8 plated onto the stock xmember..to support it for now...im going to build something like derrick posted....thanks for the pics
 

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update....front spring hangers now are supported i got my front pinion brake just havent installed it yet. some painting do. new sticker on tailgate.



Got the G/F painting Woot!



 
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