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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-12-2002, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ok here is the question as most of you know I am sitting on 35s already. The wife has given me the go ahead to start to rebuild the bronco engine first then gears and locker and then maybe if I am really good a lift. The question is is it really worth it how much more wheel travel do you get out of thge front end / rear end. I dont plan on doing any real severe stuff because if I did I would jsut do the front axle swap or build a cherrokee ( Iknow dont bash me but I love the wifes cherrokke and it already has straight axles). but since I do plan on locking the rear will that compensate for the lack of wheel travel.

Notice I didnt say articulate. I belive so one always says a tbb cant articulate
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Re: extra wheel travel ?

If you are sitting pretty with 35's already I wouldn't worry about the lift. Unless your motor is dead I would start with the gears. 4.56's with your 35s would be about perfect. Save yourself some money later and do your locker(s) at the same time as your gears. Detroit in the back and a selectable one in front. If you have to choose between the front and back it's no contest... Detroit in the rear diff. The only reason I'd go any higher is if you "have" to have some bigger tires. If you are feeling this way fret not, you're not alone. I don't think a week past after I got my 33s that I was dreaming of trimming the fenders and putting in some 37" boggers. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] If you still have to spend the money think how big you want to go. It doesn't make sense to spend money on a 9" or an 8.8 and the TTB if you are just going to put in D60s front and rear. Alot to ponder... [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Take care! NORM
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Re: extra wheel travel ?

Nope I now that I am not going above 35s and I am planing on using the brnco to tow a 20 ft camper to all my 4 wheeling trips so the eng will be first for dependability and then I will go with 410s front a rear. i have granny gear so I still have a pretty good crawl ratio so I should be able to have plenty of pwr for crawling and still be able to pull the camper through the mountains to get there
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Re: extra wheel travel ?

Wheel travel is one issue, but without the lift you are also missing out on added clearance given by the height. The tires help you some, but on more difficult trails, it is very nice having 4-6".

Sounds like motor is your first priority and that's probably a good idea. When you do gears, do the locker at the same time. I will mention one thing though. If you already have a LSD in your rear, do not put a locker in the rear. Put your money into something like an ARB for the front. That again is your call as it may not be necessary for what you mention are your trail plans.

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Re: extra wheel travel ?

I have been thinking about the height issue I think I am going to try to consentrate on the approach and departure angle more than height I man correct me if I am wrong a mild lifted jeep with 33s and a locker can go a whole lot more places than a bronco with 33s and a locker and it is because the jeep has better approach and departure angles not because they are higher. right or wrong or is it the amount of wheel travel that you can get that makes the difference
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