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Old 03-11-2008, 03:53 PM   #1
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I got a set of 1985 Ford 1 tons (D60 & 10.25 Sterling) from a buddy. I plan on lincoln locking the rear and running a lockright up front. I am just going to keep the factory gears (4.10). I figure once I put the doubler in it will be a nice crawl ratio and even in 4 Lo the V6 will still be able to turn the tires pretty well. I am going to run Ranger leaf springs up front, probably taking out the bottom leaf so the lift isn't too extreme. Depending on clearances I will ditch the 3" BL. I am going to run hydro assist steering and I still need to order a DIY BTF diff cover for the rear. I will probably wait a while to go to 35 spline externals and lock outs up front.

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Got some parts.
new u bolts and spring plates for the rear. These components are beefy!

new diff cover for the front. It is all 3/8"



Yanked out the old axles. Still need to take out lift brackets up front. Started to mock things up to see what it would look like with the new axles and tires. Not exact but gives you an idea. The truck will sit a good bit higher when on the axles. It was pooring rain when I took the pics.






The tires in the pics are 39.5 PitBull Rockers.
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Old 03-11-2008, 04:10 PM   #2
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that diff cover is freakin awesome.
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that diff cover is freakin awesome.
Yeah, all the brackets and such are from RuffStuff Specialties. I have a spring swap kit for the front and some leaf spring hangers coming for the front from them too. The rear diff cover is going to be a DIY kit from Blue Torch Fab but I still need to order that.
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Looking good, are you planning to run those size tires you have mocked up in the pics or are you going bigger?
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Looking good, are you planning to run those size tires you have mocked up in the pics or are you going bigger?
I will be running the ones in the pics. Bigger? Heck, they are 39.5" tall. They will get BIGGER when mounted and inflated. Going to run them on a 16x10 rim. I have been told these tires balloon out like a mofo when aired up. If I went any bigger I might start to have clearance issues in the rear since the rear axle is so close to the cab. Plus I got a set of 4 practically brand new for a total of $400. Couldn't pass that kind of a deal up.
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Just ordered axle swap kit and spring hangers for the front. Hoping to get both axles hung over Easter Break. I will have to wait until funds replenish themselves before moving onto the high steer hydro assist steering. BTW anyone have 16x10 8 lug rims for sale? They are harder to find than I thought and I refuse to buy rims new.
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That truck is getting more badass all the time. Did you do away with the bed altogether or did you pull it off for the axle swap? BTW love the US Army star on the doors.
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You'll be able to throw quite a bit of mud with those tires. Looks Good
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That truck is getting more badass all the time. Did you do away with the bed altogether or did you pull it off for the axle swap? BTW love the US Army star on the doors.
Yeah, I just got rid of the bed all together. I still need to finish up the rear. There is going to be a spare tire mount above the gas tank.

The truck just looked too plain with the black bedliner. I thought the tan would contrast the black well and I'm pleased with how it turned out.
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More progress. Rear axle installed but still needs to be plumbed for brakes. Front axle crudely mocked up and ready for install after graduation in early May. Tires mounted on rims and put on axles to get some measurements. Going to cut down the rear shackles to correct length when front susp. is done. Going to ditch the 3" body lift as well. Waiting on D.D. Machine doubler before making new driveshafts.

Here is a pic from the backside.


Here are some quick numbers.
outside tire edge to outside tire edge = 84"
approx. wheel base = 115"
ground clearance to bottom of rear housing = 11.5"
ground clearance to bottom of rear axle tube = 16.25"
ground clearance to bottom of front housing = 13"
ground clearance to bottom of front axle tube = 17"
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