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So, after a grueling 4 hrs yesterday, I got my 2wd frontend swapped out and got me some front skinnies on it too... Turns out, the frontend I picked up came from the factory with 5 on 4-1/2" bolt pattern.... :D :D :D Now I need to get the rearend done with the ladder bars (done properly), and I'll be ready for some more runs... Hopefully by this time next week... :wink: Good thing there's no racin' until the 18-20 of this month... Gives me time to get it done... I hope... :lol: :lol: :lol:
If you look at my signature picture you can see how much lower it is... Just at 5"...

Oh yeah, I weighed it today, and she came in at 3400# without me in it... :shock: :twisted: :twisted:


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NICE! Now just move those rear leafs to inside the frame and you can get a BIG tire UNDER the truck. Get that baby down low!
 
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Nice job looking good no i have to get off my butt and work on my car LOL. When you get a chance i need to talk to you about some motor stuff.
 

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Doug those front end parts must have come from a F100.
I had a 82 2wd that was 5x4 1/2 pattern. It's seems crazy that Ford would change the bolt pattern for this model.

Your truck looks good and low up front. Have you removed the transfer case?

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Doug those front end parts must have come from a F100.
I had a 82 2wd that was 5x4 1/2 pattern. It's seems crazy that Ford would change the bolt pattern for this model.

Your truck looks good and low up front. Have you removed the transfer case?

mike
Yep... the front end came from an 82 F100 300/six truck...

And, yep I removed the T-case last year when I put the 466 in it... I just gutted the front end and put in a std length C6...


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NICE! Now just move those rear leafs to inside the frame and you can get a BIG tire UNDER the truck. Get that baby down low!
Actually, when I do my ladder bars, I'm just gonna get rid of the leafs altogether and run coil overs... And when I order up my new rearend housing/axle kit, I'm gonna get it 3" narrower on each side so I can get more tire under it... :wink:



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"Oh yeah, I weighed it today, and she came in at 3400# without me in it..."

3400 without you....

4400 with you?

:lol:


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:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sooooo whatchyur tryin' to say iiiis
I'M FFFAT!!!!

Actually, I am tryin' to drop about 10# so I can be at 180 again... :wink:



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You better not come down here then, at 180 pounds our breeze would carry you away. Just funnin ya there. I haven't seen 180 in quite a while, like ten years at least. Trucks lookin good. :lol: 8)
 

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ThndrChkn said:
So, after a grueling 4 hrs yesterday, I got my 2wd frontend swapped out and got me some front skinnies on it too... Turns out, the frontend I picked up came from the factory with 5 on 4-1/2" bolt pattern.... :D :D :D Now I need to get the rearend done with the ladder bars (done properly), and I'll be ready for some more runs... Hopefully by this time next week... :wink: Good thing there's no racin' until the 18-20 of this month... Gives me time to get it done... I hope... :lol: :lol: :lol:
If you look at my signature picture you can see how much lower it is... Just at 5"...

Oh yeah, I weighed it today, and she came in at 3400# without me in it... :shock: :twisted: :twisted:


Doug... 8)
Looks good Doug.

3400lbs is light. My truck is gutted and even has a lightweight AJE chrome-moly K member (no I-Beams) w/ Aerospace brakes & coil-overs,....AND a multitude of lightweight fiberglass parts (pin-on hood, fenders, bumper) , no leafs [ladder bars],.......and 3400 is what mine weighs.

The only thing I can attribute to my weight is the frame. These lightning specific F-series supposedly had a little thicker frame. :?

That 5 x 4-1/2 bolt pattern is just the ticket. The 5 x 5-1/2 flat out sucks when it comes to aftermarket wheels. When you get your rear narrowed, be sure to get them w/ the same bolt pattern.

Just for a little reference,................

When I was running my stock length axles, I ran a 12" wide wheel w/ 8.5" back spacing. After I had my rear end narrowed 4-1/2" on each side, I went to a 14" wide w/ 6.5" back spacing and it tucks under the fenderwell perfectly.
 

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Copperhead said:
ThndrChkn said:
So, after a grueling 4 hrs yesterday, I got my 2wd frontend swapped out and got me some front skinnies on it too... Turns out, the frontend I picked up came from the factory with 5 on 4-1/2" bolt pattern.... :D :D :D Now I need to get the rearend done with the ladder bars (done properly), and I'll be ready for some more runs... Hopefully by this time next week... :wink: Good thing there's no racin' until the 18-20 of this month... Gives me time to get it done... I hope... :lol: :lol: :lol:
If you look at my signature picture you can see how much lower it is... Just at 5"...

Oh yeah, I weighed it today, and she came in at 3400# without me in it... :shock: :twisted: :twisted:


Doug... 8)
Looks good Doug.

3400lbs is light. My truck is gutted and even has a lightweight AJE chrome-moly K member (no I-Beams) w/ Aerospace brakes & coil-overs,....AND a multitude of lightweight fiberglass parts (pin-on hood, fenders, bumper) , no leafs [ladder bars],.......and 3400 is what mine weighs.

The only thing I can attribute to my weight is the frame. These lightning specific F-series supposedly had a little thicker frame. :?

That 5 x 4-1/2 bolt pattern is just the ticket. The 5 x 5-1/2 flat out sucks when it comes to aftermarket wheels. When you get your rear narrowed, be sure to get them w/ the same bolt pattern.

Just for a little reference,................

When I was running my stock length axles, I ran a 12" wide wheel w/ 8.5" back spacing. After I had my rear end narrowed 4-1/2" on each side, I went to a 14" wide w/ 6.5" back spacing and it tucks under the fenderwell perfectly.
I have a nice set of Mickey Thompson Drag wheels for sale in the Auction block that are 5 on 5-1/2 bolt circle, 5x10 and 4.5 back spacing. They don't make the pattern any more.
 

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Copperhead said:
ThndrChkn said:
So, after a grueling 4 hrs yesterday, I got my 2wd frontend swapped out and got me some front skinnies on it too... Turns out, the frontend I picked up came from the factory with 5 on 4-1/2" bolt pattern.... :D :D :D Now I need to get the rearend done with the ladder bars (done properly), and I'll be ready for some more runs... Hopefully by this time next week... :wink: Good thing there's no racin' until the 18-20 of this month... Gives me time to get it done... I hope... :lol: :lol: :lol:
If you look at my signature picture you can see how much lower it is... Just at 5"...

Oh yeah, I weighed it today, and she came in at 3400# without me in it... :shock: :twisted: :twisted:


Doug... 8)
The only thing I can attribute to my weight is the frame. These lightning specific F-series supposedly had a little thicker frame. :?

That is because the Gen 1 Lightnings used the 4WD frame and rear end :wink:
 

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Well it's time for the "stupid question of the day". When moving the springs inboard (4X4 frame), is it just boxing the mount area and then swapping the brackets & hangers from left to right so their inboard? I've got a SWB frame that I'm slowly working away on, welded all the holes and tacking the braces but if moving the springs is this easy I'll do it, I already have the brackets off to sandblast the frame. Thanks for your patience with the slow old guy. :lol:

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I didn't know you could swap front suspensions between 4wd and 2wd trucks. Interesting to know. You can't do the same with the I-beam Rangers, since the 4wd versions use a different cross member under the engine.

Looks good. I admit I thought you were nuts for starting with a 4wd truck. LOL
 

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I didn't know you could swap front suspensions between 4wd and 2wd trucks. Interesting to know. You can't do the same with the I-beam Rangers, since the 4wd versions use a different cross member under the engine.

Looks good. I admit I thought you were nuts for starting with a 4wd truck. LOL
You can, but ONLY on the 80-96 1/2 ton chassis... Just take out 4 bolts on each side that hold up the rear of the radius arms, and the 2 center pivot bolts for the IFS, take the nut off of thetop of the front shocks and drop it out... Then just bolt up the other front end... :wink: Too bad all conversions aren't as easy...



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Doug and easy narrowed rearend for you might be grab a housing out of a early bronco it would be about the right length narrower and it would be easy to order axles for since it is a factory length axle. (I actually know where there is one without the drop out you could get pretty cheap, I traded the guy out of the drop out to use in my galaxie)

Hey I got a set of 33x10.5-15w MT ET drags mounted on 15x12 convopros using a 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern been trying to sell (only had about 10 test launches with my ranger and never run full pass) lol.
 
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