for the second time in a year I am changing the bronco's axle last time i did it to make it 4x4 now I am just upgrading the front axle form a D28 to a D35 and the front from a 7.5" to an 8.8". I found out that the bushings I ordered from James Duff would be here today so I decided to go ahead and pull the front axle, it took me and my 8year old son about an hour to get the truck up on stands and get the axle out from under it.
Tomorrow I will change out the bushings and get the D35 back in the truck, and then I can start on the rear.Here are a couple of pictures after I got the axle out.
This one is a pic of my "GARAGE" that shows the D28 at the bottom of the pic and the D35 under the bench with the 8.8" sitting on top of the bench.
Here is a pic of the L/S that is in my 8.8" and the new cover I bought for the 8.8" to replace the plastic cover that was on it from the factory.
here is a pic of the front bumper I made but I don't really like it I think I am gonna build new front and rear bumpers out of some rectangle tube.
And last but not least here is my broncoII sporting the Tidewater Four Wheelers club colors.
well today I managed to get the front axle back in by myself, what a pain in the !@#. DO NOT TRY TO INSTALL AN AXLE BY YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is very ignorant I will pay for this one tomorrow. but any ways it's in and wow what a change in stance, height and now cause of how wide the base is I actually like the front bumper better. so here are some pics I tried to take some that showed the difference from the front to back widths but didn't work to well. Tomorrow I will start to remove the rear axle and springs.
Today after work I removed the rear axle it only took me about 1 1/2 hrs to do it by myself. I am not sure how I did it but I managed to get all 4 leaf spring bolts out with very little straining I was amazed it must be the fact that those were the original springs from it's 2wd days and never seeing any mud or things like that. I even managed to get the explorer springs installed. I had a thought and decided to put some of the slick plywood that is used for concrete form work that I had in my shed down and boy was that a great idea that jack even under load rolls like a dream and it was nice not rolling around in the dirt for a change. Tomorrow I will finish preping the 8.8" rearend by grinding the remaining factory perches and stuff off, and hopefully I will be installing the axle on saturday I hope to be able to drive it this weekend but I still have to swap out the transfer case. So I still have a bit of work ahead of me.
I managed to make a deal with a guy for an '83 short bed ranger for $425 My original plan was to take the front clip off and swap it on to my broncoII and take the bed and back part of the frame and make a matching trailer for the bronco but after more investigation I reallized that the rust was to much and abandoned those ideas and just stuck to taking the 4" suspension lift and the 32"x12.50" tires and using those on my bronco I used a torch to remove most of the suspension so that I could have the carcus removed from my yard on monday. here are the pics of what it used to look like and what it looks like now.
After installing the Explorer axles and springs the bronco was riding nose down so I bought some 2" spring spacers to level it out some and I think it looks good. In a couple of weeks I will be buying extended brake lines and a drop pitman arm and then I will install the 4" skyjacker kit that I just took off of the latest donor truck. here is a before and after shot of the bronco.
I got home today and decided to see if the 32's would fit after doing the explorer springs and front spring spacers. the answer is yes but you can't turn I have to do some trimming behind the front wheel hopefully that is it till I do the rest of the lift and get some bushwackers. you might be able to see the permanent marker in the pics behind the front wheel this is what I think I need to trim right now. there is also a pic of my son comparing the old tires to the new ones he said they looked the same till he set them side by side.
I went to 4 junkyards today looking for an RBV with c5 and no luck I did find 1 BroncoII that had the floor shifter and it was only a 3 speed but I moved the shifter and it moved way to easy so I looked under the truck and the dam c5 bandits got it. But I managed to pull 1 more card I had in my pocket. The guy I bout the '83 ranger with the lift from had an early bii so I called him and asked if he could look at the floor shifter and it was only a 3 speed so I asked what he would want for the tranny the shifter and the tcase we ended up agreeing on $200 for the tranny and the shifter and the tcase so I am headed out to his place on sunday to pull the stuff i think I am getting a good deal since the junkyard wanted $200 just for the tranny. and I still would have had to pull it. After I get the tranny I will start replacing gaskets and stuff on the 4.0 and hopefully soon I will be installing the stuff in the truck
Keep at it Bryan! BTW try removing and replacing a 14 bolt several times for mock-up. I really need to build a cradle for my floor jack for that sort of stuff...that which doesn't kill or maim us makes us...sore.
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I agree it is a pain to do any axle with out a cradle I ma end up makin one cause jimmy is planning on doing his axles and my wife wants a broncoii so I will do the same swap on hers. I am having another bII dropped off this week for parts it has the c5 I spoke about in the last post decided to give him the extra 100$ to get the whole thing and he is gonna deliver it from gates county nc to my house in cheesypeak. And as far as keep at it she ain't done yet.
Well after the fiasco on friday night I got the front end pulled from the truck and verified that the diff, gears , and axle shafts were all good I had my wifes aunt order my new manual locking hubs and today i ordered my lock-right locker and I am getting ready to order extended brake lines because while it is all out I am doing the 4" skyjacker lift. I just got done removing the factory brackets and installing the new pivot drop brackets I still need to get some bolts and put the radius arm drop bracket in I will probably do that on wednesday. so it is coming along I really didn't want to do the lift untill I had all the parts but I just can't stand the thought of pulling that axle again so I decided to go ahead with the lift sooner than planned