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LD50 Full-size axle thread `93 Ex

LD50 Full-size axle thread `93 Ex SAS

Hey fellow Explorer enthusiasts!

Well I never thought I`d do it, but it`s time.
I originally thought I would go to a smaller rig one day but I`m going to beef up the Explorer instead. Since I already have a huge thread on my previous work I decided to start fresh.

If you would like to see my previous mods, you can navigate from my signature link, or click here:


My plans are to install a D44 and 9-inch into the station wagon and run 35 inch tires. Hopefully she`ll still get in the garage, but if it don`t then oh well. During this I also have some body work to do.

Right now I have the rear end out, I took off the spare tire hanger and removed the muffler and rear most heat shield. (doors are off for body work)Next the gas tank comes out so I can prep the underside for rust protection, from the t-case back. In the meantime I am trying to sell some parts for cash.

First big decision is what gear ratio. The 4.10`s on 33s was nice, but I think I`d like a bit more torque than that so I`m thinking 4.88 or 5.13s.


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Looking good. Congrats on the body work too. :thumbsup:

I don't remember...did you already have radius arm mounts that you were going to incorporate or are you building from scratch?

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Good question, I don`t know yet. I have the stock mounts from the D44 axle, but I`m not sure how well they could fit. I actually want to raise the rear a little more before working on that, and the rear height really affects where the mounts go, or at least the drop. If I could cut to fit, it`s definitely a good idea..

Turns out I`m building from scratch, I figure trying to incorporate pieces from the stock F150 mounts would be too iffy.
So after double checking that everything is sitting exactly as it will when done, lift-wise, I was able to double check the drop of my brackets which are 3 inches from bracket to center of hole.
When in doubt over-engineer! The bushings need a 1 &1/2 inch diameter hole through metal 3/4 of an inch thick, so my bracketry you can see is all 3/4 of an inch thick. once I am satisfied that it is lined up exactly how I want it, by measuring everything, everywhere, I will tack it up, then trim down some of it and reinforce it. I`ll post a bunch of measurements for reference after I`m sure of the fit up but for now here is some pics of my progress:

-edit- the dowels can be seen in the third pic. The dowel furthest back (rearward) actually goes into the hole that the front part of the stock T-case skidplate bolted to originally, I started by marking where that hole was on the plate, and calculated the second hole from there.


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Very nice work. I noticed in an earlier pic that you had the front and rear diff sitting in a pile. I was wondering if you still had the manual hubs and wanted to sell them?

Sorry, I gave them to a friend with an Explorer so he had spares.

I do have for sale:
-a set of 4- 1.5 inch performance wheel and tire wheel spacers.
-2 inch poly coil lift spacers with the proper camber adjusters to compensate.

Anyone who`s interested, please PM me...

WOW. Great work keep it up.

Was it you that was asking on the backspacing on the rims if so sorry because I forgot....

Yeah, any info on your rims would help, but I could probably figure it out. I have some stock rims from my axles so that helps. I am getting the same tire as you, so I was interested.

But that`s fine, you go wheelin` and be all cool with your big Explorer, while us poor builders forge on un-assisted because no-one will take time to help us out.
:D :p: :D

Asked a friend to come over and help with the final measurements before tacking the radius arm mount together. We measured six ways from sunday, but once we had the front end even side for side, we have a measurement of 109 3/4 inches from the above pic, to the machined surface in the second pic.
The actual brackets the arms were mounted to were lined up measuring from the frame on one side to the end of the arm on the other -after assessing where they wanted to naturally sit.


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Once it was tacked, I made some rough measurements for the tranny mount and took it off and brought it to my workplace to weld up.

I started by cutting off the part of the 3/4 inch bracketry that extended past the frame hugging metal of the other bracket. Then I welded a gusset in place, over top of the cuttoff end.


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Then I welded in a gusset in the place behind with the most room..


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Then I made the tranny mount out of some channel iron, I had to trim off 1/4 inch to get it to sit lower. I drilled the holes, then went home with the piece to tack it in place under the truck. I returned to work and welded it up, sanblasted the whole thing, and brushed on some primer.


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looking good there LD

Wow great work, I'm alway's in awe of what you can do. Can't wait to see it again in person.



I cleaned up and put some fresh POR15 on the frame where I had to heat the bracket up; I spraybombed my primed bracket, then today when everything was dry I put it on the truck. I`m pretty happy with how it turned out.
Next I gotta make the cat fit above the bracket better, I saw it coming that it hung down too low, but I got an easy fix for that.

here`s a bunch `o pics:


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Wanted to get some more pics on here.
I finished tying in my Emergency brake to the 9 inch using a stock 79 Bronco replacement on the driver`s side, and on the other side I used a "Universal brake cable", which is basically an extra long brake cable you can make any length. This enabled me to tie into my existing E-brake bracket.

The next post is pics of the rear to show how I routed stuff, fastened stuff down, etc. I also have some 4.5 inch energy suspension bumpstops in. I`d love to go all out and install hydraulic bump stops, maybe one day but not now.

-still gotta get a breather hose in and secure the brake line where it comes from the frame, but it`s going good so far.


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Looks great! Why are your overload springs on upside down? Is there a benefit to this?

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