I got a new steering linkage from napa. If get donor truck for front suspension. Buy a 4x4 its cheaper. I swapped the transmissions two weeks ago, and bolted all the driveline stuff up. I also purchased from Precision Metal fab a drop track bar bracket and ajustible track bar. I have had the axle installed ready in a weekend which included new ujiont bushings.
Not only did I just put the axle in, I completely redid the suspension both front and rear. . It was all bolt on, minus drilling out a couple holes bigger. At this point it drove better than it ever did. Never played with 3 spd. Have a look in my gallery and see what you think of mine.
I was thinking that I would have to sell my 94 F150 short bed that i like so much and look for a F250 or F350. It drives pretty smooth and the only thing I can feel it the steering wheel lighty pulls side to side with little dips in the road but only when Im holding the wheel lightly. Just a thought: I wonder of a 40 gallon bronco tank would fit where your current 18 gallon rear tank is? It rides terribly rough on the front end. I don't have any pictures of it with the 2wd suspension in place as I yanked it right away. No more harsh thuds in the cab. For trucks that are wanting to install an intercooler, we have designed the kit with optional bolt locations to allow additional clearance for most intercoolers end tanks. That is why I suggest to get a donor truck.
I am using the 2. Would have been done in like april but I got laid off from my job and now that I finally got another one, I got it stuffed in. I put all the suspension pieces together and got it aligned. To develop this kit we worked closely with the people that matter the most, you guys! Where the solid require some engineering to say the least. The ride is amazing, especially on those fast hard highway bumps where normally your head would hit the roof. The donor truck also had four new Monroe Shocks on it, so I used them in the conversion.
Hey all, I've got a 1996 2wd F-350 crew cab long bed dually that I want to convert to a 4x4, err. I have no idea where the hard trails are and where just the moderate trails are. Or at least be able to see the cool sights like the Coke ovens and stuff. I also strongly suggest reinforcing the frame where the shackle bolt goes through the frame. Sounds like you thought it out how to proceed. If you get a chance to take some pictures of your finished truck chassis I would enjoy seeing them. I'm moving to Pennsylvania at the beginning of next summer and I want a little more utility out of the rig when the winter hits.
Well I finally got it done. The front Set up out of a 4x4 F150 is a bolt in. I know the frames are different from the 4x4 model. Only real way is to separate it and inspect. I dont plan on beating the hell out of the truck, just want something to get me through the snow at times. I also used the undesirable front hubs that nobody seems to like, but they work fine for me and how I intend to use the truck snow, beach, light trail running that I already sort of did in 2wd.
The transmission needs to be replaced at least the 5 speed to fit a transfer-case. You will need to figure out mounts for the front leaf springs. Its ussally the transfer case that get hit when drivshaft comes back. My old drop pitman arm had a little bit of play in it so it was replaced with a drop pitman arm from 4 wheel parts in mesa. I used grade eight bolts and nylon locking nuts. At least that's what I've heard, maybe some others can chime in an correct me if need be. Do you have any side shots of your shackle angle in the front? I just finished mine in January.
The stock driveline was reused. I seldom drive long distance with it anymore unless it is to tow or haul something heavy. I used drive for around town and even light loads. I have also in the past year started hanging out in the diesel playground. For the front shackles you will have to put a spacer inside the frame. I wish I could keep the stick, but after all the work I did to make it look like it came from the factory with an automatic, I am not too keen on switching it back.
In case I decide to do it myself. But The solid is cool I have the fronts laying out back. The 4wd passed the driveway test, and the 4wd and 4x4 Low lights on the dash work. Try to get a truck that is close to what you have to make life easier. I am also going to have to box the front of the 2wd frame and for reference the 2wd frames and 4wd frames are very different. With that change, the truck is no longer fighting against itself when it hits bumps on the road.