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'98 mountaineer v8 hp44 sas soa on 35's

Discussion in 'Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by johnny499, December 16, 2014.


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      johnny499 Active Member

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      Hi there. Last year I bought this $600 beauty.
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      This November i turned it into this beast.
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      Last spring i did the BW4406 transfer case swap to be done with the AWD poo.
      Then i spent the summer collecting parts, narrowing the front axle and getting the gears set up.
      The list.
      Factory v8 212,000 miles on the clock.
      '78 bronco HP dana 44 narrowed 6" completely rebuilt
      Chromoly early bronco shaft's
      Detroit locker front
      4.56 gears
      Custom long radius arms
      Wild Horses 3.5" coil springs
      Rancho rs 9000's F/R
      Thunderbird calipers
      Gen 1 explorer front shaft modified.
      Inverted chevy tie rod ends, 1 1/2" tie rods
      Bronco2 steering gear rebuilt and tapped for ram assist
      BW4406 transfer case
      Original 8.8 completely rebuilt during SOA
      Welded center housing to axle tubes
      64" chevy rear springs no overloads graphite paint
      New True Trac rear
      4.56 gears
      Dutchman shafts
      Solid 8.8 diff cover
      1" longer boomerang shackles
      Old 15" by 8.5" American Racing wheels
      35" BFG Mud Terrain's
      Expedition c/v rear shaft
      Dakota Digital speed correction module
      Much more to come!!!!
      Build thread is here http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=412160
      Some initial testing at my friends place.
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    3. rabbit91

      rabbit91 Elite Explorer

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      Beauty, how was putting the bronco steer box in and what year did you use. I thought I was going to do a first gen box but I've been reading that they don't fit v8s.
       
    4. johnny499

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      Thanks!
      The steering box is from a '96 bronco 2. It would be the same as '80 to '96 full size. It is a tight squeeze but obviously it will fit. I had to trim the lower radiator hose and put on a rub plate to protect it. It also required an oil filter relocation kit. The steering shaft clears everything no problem.
       
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      Sweet! Thanks, this might work well for me as I have a sloped body lift giving me 3inches of body height in the front including the radiator being located higher. Do you look into a jeep box at any point ?
       
    6. johnny499

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      3" lift should make a big difference in that area. No i had the ford box and knew i could make it fit.
       
    7. Chato308

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      Do you have a custom steering shaft?
       
    8. johnny499

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      i cut the desired ends from both shafts and welded them together.
       
    9. rabbit91

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      Ended up going with a Ford box a few months after your reply


      ended up rubbing through a rad hose so second one has protection on it now, heres a couple photos

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