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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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Since everyone was saying I should run a CV/double cardan joint at the front of my driveshaft, I started looking around for one and seeing if it would push the driveshaft back far enough to bolt up to the 9". I measured the CV on the front driveshaft (also a 1310) and it looks like it will match up perfectly. Since the front is still 3.50s, I might be pulling the front driveshaft and running the CV from that on the rear driveshaft. Then I'll look around for another stock Explorer front driveshaft w/ CV and run that one up front.

Pics from a few days ago. Got newer pics on the camera waiting to be uploaded.


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After this thread closes, what else will I have to look foreward too? :p

Looking real good man, cant wait to see it at Crozet.

sn0border88 said:
After this thread closes, what else will I have to look foreward too? :p

Looking real good man, cant wait to see it at Crozet.
Thanks. :) You can look forward to 21robbie21's thread. :D We're trying to find a Waggy 44 so I'll be helping him rebuild it all. It'll go a lot quicker b/c I've got all the tools needed for it (minus a welder) and have all the "easy ways" to rebuild it fresh in my head. :D

EDIT: I just found the part number to order a precision h yoke (for the double cardan/CV joint) for 42 bucks at Advance Auto Parts. I'll just need to get the u-joints then. Or I can buy an entire front driveshaft from the junkyard for 17 bucks and run that one on the front with the one from the front (I know for a fact it's in good condition) on the rear driveshaft. Here's the part numbers for anyone interested.

p/n - 10153 (1310 u-joints for CV) $10.50 x2
p/n - 647 (H-yoke for CV joint) $43.99
p/n - 10134 (1310 to 1330 ******* u-joint) $10.50

EDIT #2: The junkyard with the driveshafts for 12 bucks doesn't have any fronts for Explorers or Rangers. The other junkyard with the 17 dollar driveshafts doesn't have any either. Everyone else wants 125+ :( So I guess I'll get the parts from AAP.

Bryan, how far do the tires stick out from the body with the Full width? and what BS are you runnig on the wheels?

I'm running 4.25" BS. I don't have any pics of how far the front or the rear stick out, but I'll get some this afternoon.

looking good...wating on these new pics.

man i cant wait till robbie gets his going cause he goes to my he gettin a t case and makin it 4 wheel drive ?

Cool, I didn't know y'all went to the same school! He's gonna find an axle and rebuild it and later on (unless he finds a great deal now) put in a 4x4 trans w/ a manual 1354 most likely :)

Bryan.. just so you know.. that 44 waggy axle for sale that you sent him to is a wide trac... meaning it's gonna look funny under his rig with an 8.8. If he's going full width.. never mind. :confused:

yep we do i havent talked to him in a while tho but i was trying to get him to come offroadin with me sometime

lookin great bryan cant wit to see it in person

bmx king is a pimp

pics look good, i really like those tires, and im pumped for mine, glad i have you, cause otherwise id be screwed :) and you say u have everything but a welder, and js91x i think does, atleast his sig suggests it, so with our powers combined we will do a solid axle swap! lol and jason were you referring to the one on

Your spindle nuts are on the way, lol.

He shipped them to me with the ford hubs, whoops.

your ex is looking good, i bet you cant wait to get it on the trail. :thumbsup:

Thanks Jey :)

Chopperx - I want it on the trail, but I'd be happy with just being able to drive it again!

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Here's the radius arm mounts that I modified to work with the Explorer's frame rails. (originally Cage offroad r/a mounts for early broncos)


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Nice progress! I remember when you wanted to have it done by thanksgiving. :) Glad that at least it's finally coming together. Keep up the good work :thumbsup: and in no time you'll be having fun. :cool: