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Old 12-25-2009, 04:51 PM   #1
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doing up the 97 extended cab with a '77 EB dana 44 (disc brake equipped)
here's how she used to sit

now with the axle slung under it after i drilled the holes for the radius arm brackets and got it together with the arms and the c bushings from energy suspension. got the 3.5 inch deaver lift coils in there too.

threw the only tires i had that fit on, than did the brakes up with new calipers and pads.

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Old 12-25-2009, 05:34 PM   #2
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while waiting on parts for the sas i started building my spare tire carrier


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on the bumper i built a couple months ago with the a to z fabrication spare tire kit

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Old 12-25-2009, 05:42 PM   #3
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built this shnazzie trans crossmember

than did the steering with 1 ton TREs and 1.50 ID dom tubing


i bought a trac bar bracket from jeffs bronco graveyard but decided to make my own, not really sure why i just really like fabricating now i guess



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Old 12-25-2009, 05:45 PM   #4
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i goofed up and posted the same pic twice, heres the one i meant to post
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Old 12-25-2009, 05:51 PM   #5
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bought some new wheels, just need to get some bigger 35s or 37s to fit them, for now the 33s will do until i get more money, and ill also need the wheel spacer/adapters for the rear explorer 8.8

how she sits now, driveable? kinda..



painted up the steering, only chose white because the trac bar and knuckles came that way when i bought the 44. i kinda like it

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Lookin good man, your gonna love wheelin it when your done.
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new parts
ballistic adjustable coil buckets

f250 shock mounts

long ass ranchos to accomodate the longer shock mounts

456s w/ install kits and a used detroit for the rear 31 spline 8.8



still need a front locker, debating on going with a lunchbox, prob an aussie, but i found a new OX locker from a guy on pirate4x4 for 400, still trying to decide where im going to put my savings since i still need bigger tires... anyone here in south jersey good with installing gears, if not someone motivate me to do it myself, i have the confidence to do it, im just slightly lazy
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im in love with your bumper!
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hey thanks maaan
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