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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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  1. johnny499

    johnny499 Elite Explorer

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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 Active Member

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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

    johnny499 Elite Explorer

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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.
     
  5. rabbit91

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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

    johnny499 Elite Explorer

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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

    Chato308 New Member

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    Do you have a custom steering shaft?
     
  8. johnny499

    johnny499 Elite Explorer

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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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