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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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Pretty sure I saw you out driving today, turning from Buford Hwy onto Hwy 20.. Explorer looks good!!

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Thanks! Yeah that was me. The shop I work at is like 2 minutes from there.

Yesterday I got some time to work on it again. Welded light tabs onto my new bumper to remount the Hellas and rewired them. Then I installed some Focal component speakers in my kick panels which sound awesome compared to the crappy sonys I had in there before. In order to make them fit I relocated the PCM up to behind the glove box (been wanting to do this anyways, cause I take the doors off in the summer and if I got water in there it'd get now it's about 12 inches higher). I cut off the back of the glove box and trimmed it down about an inch and reinstalled it so it is still completely functional. Lastly I put my CB back in there and just need to throw in my new PA now. Pics to come soon. :)

R.I.P. Bryan . You'll Be missed But never Forgotten Buddy .

^Whoa, what?

I seen of his passing on Facebook , not sure on the back story , But I met up with him 2-3 times to buy parts and BS , Well I guess he passed away Sometime last Sunday , they Had the Funeral yesterday , I just found out today actually , Just went through his whole build thread again ... :salute: To Bryan ..

:salute: Another great member gone. You'll be missed brother trucker.

Was Bryan a member of the armed forces?

No Bryan Was Not , Just the Only salute pic Thing on here . . He Was A Great Person , Helped everyone he could and Was a Great Fabricator . He did allot of work this place Didn't Get to see . I did get to see his Explorer in 2011 when I bought My 33" Pro comps from him . See ya on the Other side Buddy , Save me a seat ! .

Well by all means :salute:
I never met him but he was so young and I remember him from posts a few years ago. Sad to lose someone who's part of a family like the members of this site. R.I.P. brother.

Facebook has blown up over this Tragedy , Not sure why or how this Happened , but It Took A Great Life too Soon , Brother Father and Great Person , Can't Say enough Good things about you buddy R.I.P. Bryan C Mitchell ...

Very sad to hear. I will make sure to raise my glass high tonight in memory of Bryan.

RIP my friend

Brian and I joined the forum around the same time, the same age, and started our Explorer builds around the same time. We swapped a great deal of notes and comments.

Sad news men.

Thought of you today Bryan while driving the Navajo around in the rain , I know your looking down at us buddy .

Just logged in and saw this. RIP Bryan, like Burns i am a similar age and we all built our Explorers around the same time. I really enjoyed watching his builds and talking to him. :(

That's too bad, I enjoyed our interactions over the years, I remember the laugh he had when I stole his idea of photographing his axle on a radio flyer wagon during my big build thread.
I hope the people close to him are doing alright in dealing with their grief.

Bumping this ancient thread to say that I miss you buddy! Bryan (BMXking) was my older brother and left a HUGE amount of knowledge and insight when it came to anything truck-related. I'm thankful for Serious Ex because it was such a major part of his life and it's great knowing I can come back here anytime, read up on what Bryan would do, and get motivation for my own project(s). Reading through this thread again has left me with a burning desire to SAS my next Explorer and make you proud!