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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-28-2006, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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help me convert to 4wd

Hey guys Im gonna convert my 85 f150 to 4wd, i got an 85 parts bronco for all the stuff i need. If anyone has done this and can tell me which parts i need to change and which i can leave on. I got a list started but could use some help.

List of stuff to change
1 ttb and rad arms, steering linkage up to pitman arm ( or use my linkage to the w4d knuckles?)
2 coil springs and shocks
3 Trans/bell housing, xfer case & shifter
4 rear if gear ratios are different
5 rear lift blocks and shocks
6 rear driveshaft from a f150
7 anythig else?

This is the stuff i HOPE is the same b/c it would make it easier. If it aint let me know.
1 frame
2 brakets that hold ttb
3 rad arm brackets
4 ft coil bucket thing
5 pitman arm/ steering linkage to knuckles
6 brake calipers my 2wd ones fit right on to the 4wd front end?
7 stock clutch/ slave cyl
8 cross member
9 e brake cable but Im not worried about that .

I would appreciate any help thanks!
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Re: help me convert to 4wd

No one has any ideas about anything needed to swap?
I thought one of you would have done it before!?
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Re: help me convert to 4wd

Im currently converting my 67'F350 to 4x4 using a 85' F350 stuff. I will have to change the 2wd engine crossmember if I dont go high enough the pumkin will hit (solid axle)... Im doing 12" of lift so dont have to worry but still looks bad so Im doing a new crossmember anyway. Since the 85' bronco is IFS not sure how the 2wd is set up with the crossmember? Im not sure but on my 2wd the frames not boxed in the front like the 4x4 so I have to box it also. I believe the front frame contour is the same so the brackets should work for the radius arms etc...not sure about the steering as in mine is manual on the 67' and the gear box is in a different location for the 2wd vrs the 4wd. Just some thoughts...

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I was hoping the crosmember is the same because im using the ttb setup, not a solid axle. Both frames are c channel they look the same to the eye but who knows for sure. Thanks
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Re: help me convert to 4wd

If you are going to put all this time into the project why not go ahead and do a SAS?
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I was thinking the same thing. D60 is the way to go but expensive. D44 solid axles are a dime a dozen under 78/79 Broncos and F150s. I would think it would probably be easier to put a solid axle in there than to make TTB work. Just my .02
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Re: help me convert to 4wd

I was gonna do the ttb swap because it looks like it should be a bolt in to where the i beams go. No custom fabbing stuff. My neighbor is giving me the 85 bronco so cost is another factor. an article i read shows i can keep my 2wd calipers, steering linkages and a lotta other stuff that i wont have to replace or rebuild. New bearings and rotors on the ttb and i should be good.
Im not gonna make this thing a big bad rig just some 33s to go on some trails. I have a old bronco 2 that i beat through mud and rocks.
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I still believe if you put alot of time into building the truck with the TTB and making it work you will kick yourself for not saving time and doing an SAS. I would rather do it once and spend some money than do it twice and spend money the second time around.
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Re: help me convert to 4wd

It is a very easy swap. I did about the same thing with an '82 F150 4wd and an '84 F150 2wd. I changed the TTB, springs, shocks, radius arms, driveshafts, transmisson and transfer case from the '82 to the '84. I may have had to change the transmisson crossmember I can't remember right now. I did the complete swap almost totally by myself in about a day and a half. A complete bolt in swap.
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Got a writeup? Pics?
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