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Yeah full width would look awfully silly

i'll hold off on that hpd30 with a free xj for now, I need to pay the truck off first!
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no the like 77 or 79 they made narrow tracks. there around ive seen them.
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what about a 44 out of and older bronco arnt those already full size 5 lug. with coils.
those are 5x5.5, and not setup for links..all bronco axles also have cast in radius arm wedges, which means, not changing front susp. setup. Modifying stock ford radius arms is doable, but a major pain in the ***

^ Your thinking of a scout axle, which are leaf sprung 44's.. all bronco, f-150 axles are ~65-66" wide, ~67-68" with 8 lug outers
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can you put a 4 link upfront on IFS?
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can you put a 4 link upfront on IFS?
In a word... no.

What sort of truss setup would I need if I ran coils in the front?

Would something along these lines work? I think this looks awfully slick...

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Thats the white edge that has the rubicon express radius arms. I think he just welded tabs onto the diff and a raised mount on the pass side to match the height of the drivers side. But with radius arms remember you have to run a trac-bar.

You can 4-link the front of our trucks, but not on IFS?? What exactly did you mean evan?
It would be a pain in the *** to link the front, but it could be done.
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the earlier broncos have narrower D44s. im almost 99% sure like 71-74 maybe earlier than that but they had drums.
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Thats the white edge that has the rubicon express radius arms. I think he just welded tabs onto the diff and a raised mount on the pass side to match the height of the drivers side.

nah i think they just bolted it up, the mounts look stock to me, just like an XJ..Tj

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Oh ya lol i forgot it had a pansie *** d30.
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the earlier broncos have narrower D44s. im almost 99% sure like 71-74 maybe earlier than that but they had drums.
Yeah early broncos have drivers drop/centered d44's that were around 60" WMS
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How difficult would it be to get one of those and convert it to discs? Or cut down a full width D44?

What about a D44 from a newer rubicon?
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The Trac-bar is the zig-zagged bar on the front right?
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This is how you 4-Link a straight axle

Full Width Dana 44 (that bastard was heavy)

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lol! That is badass! Is a solid axle good in the desert? I figured an IFS set-up would be preferable?
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lol! That is badass! Is a solid axle good in the desert? I figured an IFS set-up would be preferable?
That truck is so much fun! 3 Link rea, 4 Link front. Those pictures we like the week after the front was finished, so the coils were WAY to heavy for it, the shocks arn't valved, the front/rear gear ratios didnt match and the breaks didn't work... lol.. but it did so great it was unbelievable!

We've done so much to that truck, its a mut.

But yea, IFS is cool and all, but 4wd is definatly where its at!

I'll look and see if I have any other pictures from when we were linking the front for you, but I'm not sure I have to many.
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how did you decide how long to make the links and where to mount them and such?
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The owner of the truck did all the designing. He did the research of the type of 4 like that would work, then did a bunch of math, drew it up in solidworks, then fabed it. But once we actually got to working on it the axle was to far forward so we redesigned it on the fly. And once the links were done the suspension was cycled to determine where to mount the coilovers.

So basicly, I didn't have to much to do with the design, just the fabrication.

When your actually ready to do it, ask me and I'll get all the particulars out of him.
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Rubicon axles are not dana 44's. They have d44 chunks but the shafts out is still d30 and d35 respectively.
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How difficult would it be to get one of those and convert it to discs? Or cut down a full width D44?

jamesduff makes drum to disc conversions.
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Rubicon axles are not dana 44's. They have d44 chunks but the shafts out is still d30 and d35 respectively.
Gotcha... and the d30 shafts are what usually break right?
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The shafts/u-joints/drive-flanges/ring and pinions etc. Pretty much everything.
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Hmmm... would I be able to do moderate wheeling with 35s on a d30 without breaking too much stuff? There's nothing like Tellico around here, just spring creek... I'd probably run a L/S in the front anyways, so no spools or lockers like you are running.
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You could do it, but that would be the first thing you do break
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Hmmmm..... decisions decisions....
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