gratuitous head shots!
Looks awesome. Really freshens up the front end and gives it a more modern look.
I really like the look of the black reflector, probably going to put them on the diesel next year as my clears are yellowing. But, the housings i bought didnt fit for crap. Next time i will get a different brand.
I initially put the LED headlights in, but ended up taking them out, as it was easier to aim the headlight housings with my Silverstars in there. So in the next couple days ill get the LEDs back in & get em dialed in.
So me & a 20% coupon went to Harbor Freight, and bought their trans jack. Its actually pretty nice.
Dropped & split the tcase.
It appears the problem is a badly stretched chain. Playing with it on the cart, it appears the chain is so sloppy it falls behind the shift lever that engages the fork for the 4wd engagement, and sometimes prevents it from going in. Explains why it felt like it was in 2-Low the other day. Got a new chain on order, but it wont be here til friday. I went thru the whole case last year, so it doesnt need anything else. Shouldve just done the chain then.
Got the trans dropped too:
Trans jack made it super easy. Got the rear main seal replaced, and the trans is already back up in the truck. Sucks installing an E4OD by yourself. Just waiting on the tcase chain now, to finish reassembly.
Facelift for the 96!
Time for a facelift!
First off excuse the pic quality, my phone is on the way out, and i cant get a clear pic out of it for some reason.
The OEM headlights leave something to be desired, so its time to do something about it!
LED Headlights from Beamtech. I use them on my F250, as well as my wife's Nissan Juke, and they work good. Theyre also cheap, which is a bonus!
Ive removed the adjusting collar, and trimmed down the OEM lock rings for the headlamp housings. The ones that came with the housings are pretty junky.
the new housings
These are the black/clear housings found all over Amazon. They look good.
Im really diggin it, looks a ton better.
Before you ask: I started aiming the housings last night, need to take it for a drive and see how they look, dont think ive got em quite right yet. HOWEVER, i have bigger fish to fry. The tcase is not engaging 4d Hi or Low. Looks like im gonna have to drop the case. While im in there, im probably going to pull the trans too cuz the rear main seal started leaking pretty badly. So i wont have any good pics of the bronco outside, or of how the new headlights work, until im done with that.
I was trying to install the fender liners to see how i want to finish the cut on the fenders. But, the core support was repaired by the previous owner, and i wasnt thrilled with the job he did, so i said screw it and ordered a new one from LMC. So that delayed me a bit.
Old core removed...
...and new one installed!
Modifying the core body mount brackets for tire clearance
While i was waiting for the core support to come, i started on the floorpan repairs.
This is the worst spot on the whole body, already cut out:
This is the next worst spot. Once these two are done, itll just be minor repairs.