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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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Well here's a little update/carnage....went wheeling on Friday night. I was pulling out my buddie's Cherokee from a little creek. There was a lot of sand so my rear started to dig down pretty I was giving it some more gas to pull out of my ruts we heard a really loud pop. Driveshaft still turning, no tires moving though! Ended up getting winched out of my ruts to flat ground, pulling rear driveshaft and driving home 25 minutes in 4x4. It drove home surprisingly well ~45mph all the way home. Finally got it torn down today and found a crunched up cross shaft. Drove out to Summit Racing (their new store is awesome!!!!) and bought a new Summit mini spool and Summit chromoly cross shaft. $44 total. The cross shaft in there was still the stock mild steel one. :nono: Gonna finish reassembling the rear end tomorrow morning and then I'll start gathering parts for my 35 spline swap.


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Nope. It's good now though. When I was using a chisel to get the pieces out of the carrier, they would cut into the stock cross shaft very easily. I used a punch to put in the new one and it didn't make any kind of mark on it at all. Should hold up MUCH better.

did you finally get the front geared ??? btw i foun d 37x12.5x16 PJ dirt grips for my yota :D

No not yet. I decided I'm just gonna go all out and lock it up the first time around. Can't decide on which locker I want though. Selectable for sure....the OX locker seems to be pretty damn tough and inexpensive in comparison to other selectables.

I hope you didn't "find" those tires at Robbie's house right?!? :D

ox locker is basically indestructable, plus you get a bulletproof diff cover as well.

Also no air lines to tear, compressor to fail, or soleniods/wiring to corrode.

 you put tv's in the back and then people want you to drive all the time so they can watch tv... at least with an in-dash you can watch too.

I'll likely end up with the OX locker. Especially if I can get it through my shop.

The flip out headunit/back-up camera was supposed to be going in on Saturday afternoon but I hadn't even had a chance to tear apart the rear axle yet so I wasn't sure how expensive it would be to fix. It should be going in next weekend though.

bmxking5 said:
I'll likely end up with the OX locker. Especially if I can get it through my shop.
Can you hook me up with a powerTrax No-Slip for a d44? eh eh ehehehehehe

Yes I can. In just a few days we'll be a dealer for just about any big offroad/audio company you can think of. We'll have the site setup soon and ppl can buy worldwide. ;)

did you get your rear drive shaft done at norcross driveline (north ga driveline i think)

wheres the pics with the new tires and such ??

no pics yet. i got it lengthened at driveline services in norcross or doraville.

Yeah, it's the one on the right that you get to before doraville driveline.

updates ?? lets see the new tires and wheels

damn bryan where ya been ??

Here's some pics I found on my camerafrom right before I swapped out the tires and wheels.


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Now the good stuff. New stuff... 37x12.50r17 SSR's, 17x9 black Moto Metal 951s, Pyle 6.5" flipout, back up camera in license plate, 400w MTX Thunder amp for all the door speakers and kick panel speakers, and a bunch of other little things (painted diff cover, kick panels, cut down antenna, etc).


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