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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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Thanks. I have AAL in the rear and had planned on pulling them out to flex better. Turned out, the max that they'd flex out was when the leaf spring was completely flat, so I decided to keep them in there to prevent it from ever getting negative arch.

I installed my new Rancho RS9000x's up front tonight. Drives like a completely different truck now. Well worth the little bit of money I spent.

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What kinda AAL did you use? I don't want more lift but would like to avoid neg arch in the leafs.

You could do it the right way and put in a bump stop

Yeah, I only left it as is cause I didn't have to do any more work in the rear. In your case you should build a bump stop bracket and get some longer bump stops. The AAL was out of the 2" Skyjacker kit tho.

Hey, How did you modify the cage radius arm mounts to fit on the angled frame. I read through your thread a couple of times and all I see is that you off one side of the bracket, but that wouldn't make up for the angle on the frame.

I used pinion angle leaf spring shims and drilled them to match the side of the CAGE brackets.

what degree of a shim was it?

6 I think

alright thanks man

Man, it's been a while since I've been on here. Quick update. I've got a Kicker 15 in it getting pushed by a 1000w MTX amp. Then the transmission went out again a year to the day it previously went out, so I rebuilt it myself this time (2nd gear took out counter shaft and some other stuff). Got it back driving again around New Years with a Spec Clutch in it. Also, I got another car now so this thing is just a trail rig finally!!!!! I finally put in 4.88 Yukons up front so the 4x4 is finally in action. I rebuilt my track bar with .25 wall DOM and reinforced the track bar mount as well. Since it's not the daily driver anymore, I'm thinking about putting a full spool in it as well, but I'm haven't decided yet.

4.88's work good, i wana do that or 4.56s, but ill prob never have tires bigger then 37's

Just stretched my front axle another 2.5" forward. Went ahead and rebuilt and weld my coil buckets to the bucket spacers and still kept the buckets bolt on. I welded the bucket forward on the driver side bucket spacer so I didn't have to worry about the weird bend in the frame for the steering box. Also built a new transmission/radius arm crossmember. I used 3"x3"x.25" steel tubing and notched it out for the t-case and built the radius arm mounts into it. Here's some pics.


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more pics. i also stripped out my interior and i'm about to have the floor line-xed. Here's the new daily driver too. I stripped all the parts off of a car that we were about to crush at one of our car shows, so it was all free. Only got $1000 in it for the car. It's got a 2" drop, Toyo tires, new wheels, intake, exhaust, tune up, headunit and speakers, 2 rockford 12s and jbl amp.


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more pics.


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had to cut out the rear cat for the new crossmember.


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old pics with original crossmember


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