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R.J.'s B2 Build

Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by R.J., October 1, 2016.


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    1. R.J.

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      They are the same as the ones from your first gen (the black goblin) maybe the eccentrics are something they started doing later :dunno:

      I took a chance by using the Tuff Country radius arms. Your car is the only one I've ever seen use them, there's almost no information or reviews on them. But I wanted to try them because they have adjustable caster, and the mounts are not tied into the tranny cross member so I can move them forward (which I did) and I think they look ok. They do look a little weak with the small tubing, but I will probably plate them and reinforce them more later. And they were some of the cheapest radius arms you could buy brand new. I didn't want to spend $900 on radius arms. So I'll test them out.

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      Soon. I'm getting my front drive shaft shortened and I need to install the ring and pinion set and then its test n' tune ready.

      We need to plan a big bear trip this summer. And after I get a rear locked i want to do the John Bull trail. That's kind of a goal of mine.
       
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      Decided to check how bad my tires rub. Not sure how high I want to trim them. Not bad on the flex either.

      @Stic-o I'll have to come by sometime and see what it can do on the RTI ramp. And then maybe you can help me build a bumper? :D

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      Liking the way it sits. Looks proportional.

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      Let me get settled in my new pad and your welcome to come over for bumper building
       
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      Sounds good :dpchug:
       
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      Drive shaft is on. Had it shortened 1-1/2 inches. And welded the shock mounts lower and further out on the radius arm.

      And I noticed my diff is leaking from the drivers side axle seal. I should have replaced that when I had the diff out but I didn't have the seal at the time. But other than that its ready to trail test

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      You can get that driver side seal out without taking the axle apart. Pull the shaft and pull the seal out with a curved pick.
       
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      I wasn't sure if there would be enough space through the knuckle. I figure worst case scenario I can pull the knuckle off and get to it... And take that time to replace my ball joints.
       
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      Took the bronco out to Cleghorn trail with a bunch of jeeps. Tested it out pretty good. It rubs a lot, needs a locker, and the engine sounds like its an old clunker. So I need to figure out what i want to do with this thing. Cause i don't want my engine to blow out in a trail with no trailer.

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      I was one of the smallest guys out today. And I didn't make it through everything

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      Time for a 4.0 swap.
       
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      If you were a lot closer I have a 4.0 that would work. With Trans and Transfer. :)
       
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      Oh So you want a 5.0 for a swap :)
       
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      I've been thinking about the engine. I want to keep the 2.9 running for now. But it has no power, It's noisy, and the gas mileage is a lot worse than I was hoping for (probably because the automatic trans)

      I really don't want to motor swap. But I think if this car has a future, it will need something bigger.

      4.0 ohv, good off road motor, bad auto trans

      4.0 sohc, to involved. Don't want that size of project.

      5.0 really tempting. I could run the same setup as 410furtune. Again, that's a bigger project than what I want to do anytime soon.

      So..... I'll probably swap a 4.0, since its the easiest, and do a 700r4 trans.

      Or scrap the b2 project and go back to the Navajo and put a c5 and doubler in it.
       
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      I like that last idea the best
       
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      I don't know what I'm gonna do. I'm kind of disappointed and discouraged with the b2, but I don't want to continue the Navajo build without a tow vehicle.
       
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      I've been doing some reading. Looks like the 4.0 is very easy to swap into a Bronco ii, especially since mine is a later, face lifted one. But I want my car to pass California emissions and be street legal so that would be another thing to deal with.
      Another thought I've had is to get a 4.0 ranger, and just build that instead. I'd rather have a b2 than a ranger, but, the future of my 2.9 v6 is not looking good.
       
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      Get a 90-92 ranger 4.0. I can't imagine it being to difficult of a swap to complete. You are already using the same dash. We did a CA legal swap in Tracys cj7. It was a slight pain but in reality all the smog legal stuff makes you put everything in so the engine runs how it was designed.
       
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      I know that I can get it CA legal through a state referee, but it's not something I want to do soon. Plus the trans will probably blow soon after the swap. The ranger idea is just me being lazy. I still like the idea of a ranger because it's still smaller and lighter than an explorer, plus with a truck bed, it doesn't have windows to break or a floor that you have to worry about keeping sealed up.

      I might pull the oil pan on my 2.9 and check the rod bearings, and check the compression. Maybe its not that bad or I could replace what's needed for now. If I can keep it running until next year, I'll start the 4.0 swap, because next April is my smog check, so I'll have two years to worry about making it CA compliant. If the 2.9 blows up in the next few months.... I don't know. But I don't want it to just sit. I drive it every day to work. It works great for short distances and my drive to work has a lot of speed bumps, and I'm a mechanic by trade so I like having a car that I'm not worried about keeping clean and shiny.
       
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      I think the last post is a pretty good plan. When the time comes to do a swap, its really not that hard to get it through a BAR referee.
       
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