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 Chexmix's 1989 Ford Bronco Build Up 
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haha, what a good helper! ;)

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June 9th, 2017, 1:19 pm
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You all should post up your small wins when you touch your rigs! For example, I had Cam replace and O ring and recharge the AC, cold air FTW!

Steering freshen up and secure the pump are probably next.

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didn't he do that last year?

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A larger win today! Peter and Rich observed my sloppy steering on the trail. What they didn't notice was my steering box was like steering a boat. My last box was a rebuilt. I never opened it, but I did try adjusting it. AutoZone warranty ftw! Time will tell if this one lasts longer, but I'm holding my that it will. While I was down there I tightened all of my TRE nuts. The knuckles are wallowing out, those tre inserts are in my near future. But also noticed that the passenger side of the axle is damp, sounds like I need new axle shaft seal. Yipee!!! I'll stretch this one a little longer, and probably pull the complete axle for a rebuild.

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Your TRE at your Pittman arm was about as bad as i have ever seen. Glad you are working on it

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Winter wrenching is upon us!

I'm mounting the electric air compressor on the wheel well behind the arm rest. Not optimal for noise, but I'd like it inside the cab and not obstructing the rear storage area. Next I moved on to the C bushings between the radious arms and front axle, they held up well and I'm still comfortable rolling with them after installing them years ago. A little paint here and there too (including a bit on the roof of the cab for cover some rust on this poor tub.


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Is the C bushing on the right cracked? Consider replacing. I had one spit out on the Rubicon years ago and it made for a shitty trail repair.

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Is the C bushing on the right cracked? Consider replacing. I had one spit out on the Rubicon years ago and it made for a shitty trail repair.

Ah, sorry that is the purpose of this tear down! :P It's cracked after years of abuse, so I still feel comfortable not having to change the design, but I'm totally replacing that damaged bushing! Also I bought a "rotary file" to grind down the back side of the through bolt for the nuts holding the cap to ensure the bolts stay since the arm tapping is stripped.

BTW the radius arms I built are still super beefy and looking great, no dents in the 1/4" wall there after years of use!

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chexmix wrote:
Winter wrenching is upon us!



Is that why there have been almost no posts on here? Out of season?

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Dan90FSB wrote:
Is the C bushing on the right cracked? Consider replacing. I had one spit out on the Rubicon years ago and it made for a shitty trail repair.

Ah, sorry that is the purpose of this tear down! :P It's cracked after years of abuse, so I still feel comfortable not having to change the design, but I'm totally replacing that damaged bushing! Also I bought a "rotary file" to grind down the back side of the through bolt for the nuts holding the cap to ensure the bolts stay since the arm tapping is stripped.

BTW the radius arms I built are still super beefy and looking great, no dents in the 1/4" wall there after years of use!


Got it, replacing bushing. Leaving design alone. Makes sense, they have served you well. Radius arms have a certain beauty in their simplicity and they work, dont fix what aint broken.

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chexmix wrote:
Winter wrenching is upon us!



Is that why there have been almost no posts on here? Out of season?


No we just suck at working on our stuff :angel:

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Post Re: Chexmix's 1989 Ford Bronco Build Up
chexmix wrote:
Winter wrenching is upon us!

I'm mounting the electric air compressor on the wheel well behind the arm rest. Not optimal for noise, but I'd like it inside the cab and not obstructing the rear storage area.


What compressor are you working with? Have you considered inner fender mounting or under the bed between shock mounts? Lots of space in either of those spots and noise would be slightly less than in the cab.


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I have a viair I picked up, but I'm not sure how weather resistant it is. I'll leave it where it is for now. Under my rear seat (where the bronco tub steps up) I have dual air tanks. I'm sure I could work out mount there with a remote snorkel, I'll think about that more.

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I thinking I've shared this before, but the old school square bolts extractors are my favorite for broken bolt removal.

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I bought a set of the square ones recently, and some left hand drills.

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I bought some too by mistake and was very surprised when I went to use them! I didn't use them for this bolt, but I'll try on the next. A little hard because my corded drills are old school and only work right hand.

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