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BMXking's Axle Swap 1st gen. Coils/Radius Arms!!!

Well, I finally decided to start a thread on it. For those of you who don't know, I will be doing a full-width swap. High-Pinion Dana 44 front and Ford 9" rear. I am still looking for the HP D44, but I picked up the 9" Monday. I have never really done a lot of work on axles, so this will definitely be a long process, but I have already done a lot of research about this(and am still learning a TON). I plan on doing as much of it myself as I possibly can, but will have a shop do the regear for me.

-1977 F-150 HP D44 Full-Width $200 - Moved Forward ~1.5”
-Myers Machine Coil Seats $40 shipped
-6* Pro Comp Pinion shims under coil buckets (to fix coil angle) $18
-CAGE Offroad 5.5” Coil Springs $150 shipped
-Coil Buckets Spaced Out 2.5" (3/16" x 2.5" x 6.5") $FREE
-Bronco Graveyard 78-79 Coil Spring Tower, Pair $90.80 shipped
-F250 Shock Towers $28 shipped
-Stock Axle Shafts(for now) $FREE
-Warn Premium Hubs $72
-Extended, Plated, Heimed, Wristed 1978-1979 Bronco/F-150 Radius Arms $222 shipped
-CAGE Radius Arm Mounts $FREE w/ R/A's
-Adjustable Superlift (p/n 1080) track bar (76-79 Ford f150/78-79 Bronco) w/ Energy Suspension poly bushings $125
-Skyjacker Stainless Steel Braided Lines for lifted D35 TTB's $90
-Bronco Graveyard 66-75 Early Bronco Adj. Bracket $45
-New F150 tie-rods & stock Explorer drag link (w/ red poly dust boots) $121
-Stock pitman arm $FREE
-Raybestos Professional Grade $19.95 shipped
-Powerslot slotted rotors $120
-Rebuilt Calipers $26
-Completely rebuilt (seals/bearings/ball joints/u-joints/etc.) $260.23
-Energy Suspension Red 7* C-Bushings $21
-Stock Explorer D-shaft w/ 1310 D44 pinion yoke for stock Explorer u-joints $FREE
-Rancho RS5000 shocks $20
-Bronco Graveyard Upper Coil Spring Retainers $22
-Rancho RS5000 steering stabilizer w/ custom bracket $25

-1983 Ford 9" $85
-Rubicon Express Anti-Wrap perches welded SOA $35
-Wild Horses Weld-On Shock Mounts $15
-Stock Springs w/ AAL and red rear poly bushings $10
-Stock Axle shafts w/ new bearings, seals, collars, etc $140
-94-99 Dodge Ram 1500 front rotors $58 shipped
-'76 Cadallic Eldorado Calipers w/ e-brake $155 w/ core calipers
-'78 F150 Extended Stainless Steel Braided Rear Brake Hose $45.34
-Custom Bent Brake Lines (w/ 3/8" ends) $8
-'79 Caddy Eldorado Brake Line end box thing $FREE
-7/16" Banjo Bolt for '76 calipers $5
-Bendix Brake Pads $35
-Speedway Motors GM Large Caliper bracket (7" mounting points) $40 2-day shipped
-Cut off mounting points from Ford 9" drums to use as spacers for the disc conversion (no longer a backing plate behind the shaft) $FREE
-Third Member from eBay (4.88s, mini spool) $150
-BC Broncos Disc Brake Conversion Wheel Studs $15
-Wild Horses Super Duty U-bolt Kits $60
-Extended/balanced rear driveshaft w/ stock 1310 to match the 1310 on the axle $123.63
-Skyjacker Nitro 8000 shocks for 2" lift Explorer $FREE
-Copper Third Member Washers $12.24

-37x12.50-16 Maxxis Creepy Crawlers $400.00

WHEELS (5 on 5.5)
-16x8 Black Rock Crawlers $293

Grade 8 Hardware: $200

Tig Welding: $200

Parts Sold
-Stock Third Member w/ 3.50s and open diff -$50
-Lower Coil Mounts -$25
-Stock Radius Arms -$25
-31x10.50 Dunlop Mud Rovers, 15x8 black rock crawler wheels, Skyjacker 2” lift coils, drop-in K&N, front Skyjacker Nitro 8k shocks, Dual CB Antenna Mounts/Coax, and 235/75r15 spare tire, APC Ultra-White Bulbs, Radius Arm Bushings, Sway Bar Bushings -$415
-Ford 8.8 - 3.27 gears, 31 spline, stock limited slip, drum brakes, SUA, great condition. -$70
-Front Axle Shafts -$60

TOTAL: $3156.24

Future Upgrades:
Dana 44 -
-30 spline ARB
-Yukon 4.88s
-Warn Chromoly Inner and Outer Shafts, Moser Max 44 shafts, or Superior Axles
-Dedenbear flat top knuckles
-Blue Torch Fabworks Hi-Steer Arms
-Rancho RS9000X adj. shocks
-Late 70s T-Bird calipers (1/4" bigger piston, and still use Bronco pads :thumbsup: )

Ford 9" -
-New Strange Nodular Iron Case w/ 3.250 carrier bearing (STR-N1906) $359 Summit Racing
-Moser Spool and Axle Package Number 1 (ASP1) - 35 spline full steel spool for 3.250 case, 35 spline custom alloy axles, Axle bearings, 5 on 5.5, 1/2" studs $590 Moser Engineering
-Yukon 4.88s (F9-486) $139 PORC
-Daytona Pinion Support 3.250 case (STR-N1914) $115 Summit Racing
-R&P Master Install Kit for 9" Ford-3.250 Case, Daytona Pinion Support(R9FDD) $100 Moser Engineering
-Pinion Yoke 1310 - 28spline pinion (may upgrade to 1350 if I get a new t-case) (PY210) $90 Moser Engineering
-Axle Breather Vent $12 Bronco Graveyard
-Axle Truss
-Rancho RS9000X adj. shocks
-94-02 Dodge Ram 4x4 Powerslot Slotted Rotors

Now on to the pics!


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not to worry though.. I left the stasher his hoses and cables and crap and the one rotor that I could get off! Hope they are the right ones.

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Wheel studs for disc conversion, BC Bronco's adjustable trac bar, and Bronco Graveyard EB adjustable trac bar mount. I also got a spanner nut socket so I can get those knuckles back in and set the preload, etc.


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OK you need to go outside right now with a grinder and start cutting your stock front end out. You have been planning FOREVER.
sooner or later you gotta man up and start doing it.

In all seriousness though, looking like it will be sweet once its all done

I just started the swap. I'm pulling out the rear as we speak...

bmxking5 said:
I just started the swap. I'm pulling out the rear as we speak...

geez after 304 posts, I was wondering what the hurry was :D

sounds like its finaly time for some in process pics

Thank the good lord above.

Get on it Bryan!

-1983 Ford 9" $85

where did you acuire this at for 85 bucks

Just Bring On The Pics !!! you probably need to start a new thread after like 311 posts about it tho lol

Haha, I'll post some more pics in a little bit. Just got off work so I'll go work it some more in a few.

James, I got the rear axle from the Pull-A-Part on Buford Hwy.

Glad to see your getting it started finally. After not looking at this thread for like a month and a half, Im happy something is finally getting done. :p

J/K Lets see some pics of that rear ripped out.

well im very anxious for some pics...lets get em' rollin'

wheres the updates ?

I've been working a lot lately. And as you know, it's been some crazy ass weather (warm weather, then rain, rain, more rain, cold, and now tonight it's supposed to flurry) :confused:

The rear axle is still sitting under the truck, but it's only held in by a brake line and the sensor in the diff. These will both be coming off tomorrow, then I'll be mocking up the 9" under there....which will be getting the new perches and shock mounts welded on, on Monday. From there, I'll just need to buy my rear calipers (doing that first thing next week) and build the caliper brackets. My parents are paying for the rear driveshaft to be extended so once I get the rear bolted up under there and have a rolling chassis again, I'm going to take it to Doraville Driveline to be extended. The tires and wheels are being mounted and balanced at 4 Wheel Drive Parts Center for free (it's nice to work next door :D) on Monday or Tuesday. The steering is also being ordered from them at the same time...

I'll post the pics I've got in about 10 minutes.

Sounds like you got the ball rolling with your SAS! Good luck on your swap!! Can't wait to see some pics.

Why are you have an extended rear DS? Are you moving the rear axle?

No....the rear axle is staying where it's at. I'll need a longer driveshaft because of the fact that I'll be running about 8" of lift. Everyone I've talked to needed their's extended when they went over 6". Heck, even jrgaylor told me he eventually had to have his extended 4"!!! Plus, I can have a 1330 put on the end so I won't need to run a ******* u-joint.

Finally some real progress pics...


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Here's some pics of the temporary ride. It's a 94 Sonoma 2wd. My bro just turned 16 it'll be his truck once he gets his license. I was TRYING to talk him into a lift and 33s, and he agreed for a while, but now decided to do 3" drop all around, 17s, new exhaust, K&N, roll pan, etc. Should be pretty nice once he gets started on it.


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