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Old 12-13-2010, 05:19 PM
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hey guys

i'm new to the 4x4 world and just have some question's when it comes to gearing in my bronco.

my current setup:
mildly built 302 windsor
-Trickflow stage one cam
-gt40 heads w/ 1.6 rockers
-weiand 4 barrel intake
-holley 650 carb

The truck still has stock axles and gears, and i flip flop between 38's and 36's. The truck runs very good, it's just quite sluggish. I know the Windsor motors are high reving motors with not alot of low end torque, so my question is will gearing help compensate for this?

i would do more bogging than trail riding if that makes a difference

any help is appreciated
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What year Bronco do you have?

Gearing will help. As far as mud goes, I wouldn't go as steep in gearing as someone who would run in more of a rock and trail type riding. Is the Bronco lifted? Got any pics?
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:14 PM
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it's an 87
i bought it with this set up:
4 inch suspension lift
3 inch body lift
15x12 eagle allows
38x15.5x15 super swamper tsl



in the next month or two, it will have an 8 inch suspension lift and no body lift (i hate body lifts)
and be back on 38s for good, it has 36s right now

i daily drive this ha
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Nice bronco! Took me a min and then i lol'd!!
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More then likely has 3.55s or 3.73's stock, I'd up to a 4.88 or maybe even a 5.13 if you plan on keeping 38s. I wouldn't waste money in putting gears in that shitty IFS. Put a dana 44 under the front, it practically bolts in from a 78 79 f150/bronco, then put gears in that, you will thank yourself later.
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More then likely has 3.55s or 3.73's stock, I'd up to a 4.88 or maybe even a 5.13 if you plan on keeping 38s. I wouldn't waste money in putting gears in that shitty IFS. Put a dana 44 under the front, it practically bolts in from a 78 79 f150/bronco, then put gears in that, you will thank yourself later.
that was going to be my next question

ive been reading up quite a bit on the dana swap, i really wanna find out what this motor can do and get experience before i swap in a 460
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For you . . .


Hahahaa!

Anyway, nice pic! Bronco looks great!

Like Zack said, I would ditch the TTB setup in the front. I'm sure it would do you just fine but if the bug bites, you'll wish you had if you hadn't. Being that you like the muddier stuff I'd go with, like the 4.88 and leave the steeper ones out. IIRC I think the steeper gear sets have a smaller ring gear (thinner). It could become a problem for you romping in the mud with bigger tires.

Well this is all imo anyway. Looking good though. Bronco looks beast!
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I found a dana 44 I'm going to look at when I get off work today.

Should I look into upgrading the rear end/axles as well??

Guys on FSB are doing 1 ton swaps, but that seems a bit overkill for my build...I think
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Pretty sure yours is a 8.8. You could swap a 10.25 sterling in the rear, and put 8 lug outers on the 44 if you wanted, but then you are buying wheels and tires too. It's all about balancing out how much money you want to spend with how hard you are going to be on your rig. Just remember..... Cheap-Fast-Reliable, pick 2, and it won't be the 3rd.
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Cheap-Fast-Reliable, pick 2, and it won't be the 3rd.

Couldn't have said it any better!

No such thing as overkill! You need a 60 front and a 14bolt rear! FTW!!!! Nahh j/k.

All depends on how serious you plan on getting with this thing. You gonna keep it a while? If your planning on swapping out the front axle setup, while your at it you could always upgrade the rear as well. No need to do things twice. (As far as keeping the rear, re gearing, then changing out the rear and having to redo it all over again if something breaks.)

Keep in mind your new to the sport and mud is fun now, what if it spawns to the trail riding side? I build for a good all round wheeler. That way whatever I come across it will handle it. I like a well rounded rig though.
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