Ok sorry, that was a terrible pun.
Bilstein 5125, with the old shock towers off the big bronco:
From there i got tired of tripping over the front bumper so i decided to put it on the truck.
Fairly easy to do, just extend the notch Ford put in the bumper to clear the leaf springs on the F250/350s to clear our longer SD springs:
Success! the bumper fits now:
I had to notch the bottom of the bumper bracket slightly, and i had to transfer the lower hole from the frame thru Sky's bracket, since they didnt include that hole in their hangar for some reason:
So while i was there, i decided i might as well add a front receiver to this thing
...and the hitch in its new home:
I dont think the main tube being .120" wall is sufficiently beefy, so i added some extra braces to strengthen it up a bit:
For the hell of it, i grabbed my x8000i and decided to see how it would look:
...but back to the bronco, the bumper is now installed!
Tucked up nice and tight:
im diggin it!
ill get around to wiring the bronco up for the winch whenever i get around to replacing the battery cables. For now im calling this project done. Next up: getting the brake system replaced!
Decided to get the tracbar for the Better Half done this week:
Mocking it up, the bar needs to be roughly here, to match the draglink angle
Took some time with the upper mount, as i wanted something that would bolt up in place of the original TTB pivot, so i didnt have to drill any more holes in the frame:
The lower mount on the axle
Im not in love with the lower mount, but i think itll do the job ok. I would have preferred to put the mount closer to the knuckle to get the bar longer but im pretty sure it would have hit the springs when the pass side drooped out, so i had to compromise. Im not building a hardcore long-travel rock crawler anyways, so i think itll be ok as is.