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Old 04-28-2009, 10:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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B2 sas & 42's

well, first off, this has been a project of mine staring when i originally got the bronco at the age of 16, now 21 i believe its time for a real wheeler... and a build up thread so people can critisize and compliment...

quicky...

bought the bronco stock...
lifted it with custom made blocks front and rear
got 50% 36" tsl's and man they were the shiz...lol
gutted the interior
built a rollbar
bought some 2x2 tubing and all thread and made my body lift..
and eventually put a 4" susp. lift under it
blah..blah..blah..
I drove it, broke it, and ocasionaly fixed it..




BUILD UP

hp 44 front 538's- cause a 60 is to much
early bronco lift coils, progressive rate
move axle about 8 inches forward
build custom crossmember/skid plate

dana 60 rear, welded up also 538's

be running the stock 2.9 and tranny transfercase untill something blows up... then, i will figure out what to upgrade to... i have a fealing, transfercase wont last long...


THIS WAS LIKE THREE OR FOUR YEARS AGO..






CLEANED IT UP BEFORE STARTING THE BUILD



SAT IN THE GARAGE FOR WAY TO LONG LIKE THIS..


AND THEN I FINALLY ORDERD SOME STUFF FROM BALLISTIC...



WELDED THEM UP


TO GET MY COIL PAD/LINK BRACKET




I ORDERED ALOT MORE STUFF... HIEMS, BRACKETS, TABS, BUSHINGS.. ETC

AND I GOT TO WORKIN HARD.. ONCE THE STUFF SHOWED UP... LIKE A MONTH LATER.. week ago....

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Looking forward to the rest of the build, and just to get the bullshit rollin...

D44 and 42's? Might as well start hunting down a 60
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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x's 2 on the 60... it isnt too much, it's REQUIRED with 38's or larger.
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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in his defense, an unlocked hp d44 under a gutted looking b2 with a stock powertrain will probably do ok with 42s on most of the trails in Washington. i've seen stock axled toyotas with the about the same size tires hold up. i'm assuming your from Washington? it looked like you were at reiter in a few of those pics and that white explorer in the background looks like its got WA plates.
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Wheres the rest of the pictures? i know you got more...

D44 and 42's, with a 2.9, pretty sure it would take some serious air time to break anything there.
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would say if you buy some good aftermarket shafts and axle joints
with stock drivetrain and being that light .Even with a locker you should be safe.
I know a few guys with cj7s runing 38 an 40's with v8's that have been that way for years and still going. One guy just runs warn stubs spicer 297 axle joints and stock inners with 38 sx tires.Last time I talked with him he was still runing that same set up.
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yes i know the 44 wont be the best with the 42's, but for now its what i could afford, and ill be easy on it for a bit relizing its not the strongest, and the truck is gutted, relitivly light rig. I have my eye out right now for a whole truck with a 60, and then part the truck out, or throw a 44 in it and sale it, cause i have 2 more 44's for parts..

HERES THE LINKS GOT THEM WELDED UP THE OTHER NIGHT, AND ALMOST HAVE THE CROSSMEMBER ALL WELDED UP.



GOT MY GEARS AND NEW CARRIER. 538'S WHAT ARE PEOPLES THOUGHTS??? IM I GONA BUST THE PINION LIKE ITS NOTHING????









THIS WAS THE DAY I BOUGHT SOME AXLES A COUPLE WERNT MINE THOUGH



GOT MY 44 ALL CLEANED UP AND STRIPPED




any comments are great... im young and dumb so helpme out..lol
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Looks like you're off to a good start, but I'm with everyone else, either get a D60 or reduce your tire size to no bigger than 37" or 38".

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i actually only planed on running 38's... but the deal came along for the wheels and tires.. i couldnt pass it up


i like CAPS LOCK..
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Jesus got enough grinder? lol nice scaler btw
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
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yeah the 4" grinder was in use so... the alternative was... a monster.... and the toyota... yeah just a little side project... you have one???
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Whats up with that puny ass pinion?? I am running 5.38's as well (same drive train), in a 10.25. I dont think it will be a problem...


Oh, a dana 60 rear... I would lose that axle all together. I doubt thats what you want to hear, having just bought gears... I would personally look for a 10.25, dana 70, even a corp 14.

Other than that, looks like you are making some good progress.

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Whats up with that puny ass pinion?? I am running 5.38's as well (same drive train), in a 10.25. I dont think it will be a problem...


Oh, a dana 60 rear... I would lose that axle all together. I doubt thats what you want to hear, having just bought gears... I would personally look for a 10.25, dana 70, even a corp 14.

Other than that, looks like you are making some good progress.
i actually havnt bought the gears for the rear yet, and i originally was gona use a 14 bolt cause it had the extra carrier bearing, but i found a dana 60 for $50, and thought, its gota work... i dont expect it to break it before the front, these thing will eventually be upgaded as i can locate things for a deal, and not pay out the ass just cause i need it now...

what is so bad about the 60??? is it the pinion???
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Are the wheels holding up the front of the truck welded together hopefully? and sitting on top of blocks of wood?
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Are the wheels holding up the front of the truck welded together hopefully? and sitting on top of blocks of wood?
no i just stacked the wheels up on top of some blocks... it seemed stable enough.. no they are welded together... it was safe...lol
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heres a few more progress pics... coil/link bracket tacked onto frame and some more link progress...







and some of my member.







i went super duper on the bolts.... 4 3/4 per side... over kill i know... but.. oh well
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Looks like you guys are having a little too much fun....haha

I would upgrade your "overkill" 3/4" bolts to grade 8. Its too late now, but try and keep as much separation as possible between bolt holes as well.
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If you havent bought gears, then I would look for a rear axle. You can get them outta pick n pull for around $100. I know about being broke, I am broke as hell right now. But its pointless to build something twice, when it doesnt cost much more to do it once.

I have never had a dana 60 pinion fail on me, just a shit ton of shafts and a ring gear. I think the ring gear was an installation error, but who knows... It broke. I am sticking with the 10.25's, they have better clearance than a dana 60 and bigger shafts, etc. Dana 70's are strong, corp 14's get praised about all day long.

Pics are looking killer though.

X's 2 on the bolt separation and x's 20 on the grade 8's.

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ok.. thanks guys... i will have to take this one as a learning experience on the bolt hole seperation, and for the grade 8 bolts, they are all on the way as well as lock nuts, just had these bolts in for mock up...

o and yeah, we try to have fun...lol heres the part thats not fun....



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GOT MY GEARS AND NEW CARRIER. 538'S WHAT ARE PEOPLES THOUGHTS??? IM I GONA BUST THE PINION LIKE ITS NOTHING????
034x4 ran a set of 42" Iroks (IIRC could have been 40's) on his ranger with a D44 front and I think he has 5.38's also, Im pretty sure he stripped out the pinion. Im surprised he hasnt mentioned it.
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I guess that explains the small pinion, its for a dana 44. I think it will be a pain, but if its what ya got, try and make it work.
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I agree that the 44 will break, but carry spares and wheel it. I had superiors and CTMs in mine, but in hindsight that cost would've bought a 60.
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Nope I dont have a scaler but I have read about them seems cool enough. Im also doing a D44/ d60 swap in my Ranger but Im not using anywhere near that big of tire so its a different animal.
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