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no info here, sure its easier, but why take a step backwards. the coil suspension is far superior to leaf springs. any axle can be set up to work with whatever you want. you can make a d44 or any front axle fit your mj.

 

i guess if you're just building a mudder then whatever, but then why not use a k5 blazer or bronco and so on.

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because i want to be different, had a bronco don't want the weight ive seen a few with leaf spring set ups and someone on here has a mj on 42's its bad a$$

 

Different, like everybody else.

 

See, lots of people have done front leaf suspension. You should just do NO suspension, weld the front end to the frame. That'll be different.

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thinking about using leafs up front with a fullsize axle out of a bronco does anyone have pictures of there setups of have any ideas on what springs are best used or any details that would be usefull

 

Which year Bronco axles?

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Huge difference between the two. 78-79 are fullwidth, high-pinion and have cast-in radius arm mounts (which won't lend themselves to leaf springs). 77 and earlier are narrower, low pinion, have small U-joints, and I seem to remember something about smaller bearings. The F-150s are a bit different. The 78-79 are just like the Bronco, but 77 and earlier are fullwidth with welded-on radius arm mounts.

 

What I recommend looking for are the 8-lug axles from a 77-79 3/4 ton Ford truck (some of the newer years will also work, but a lot of the in-between years have TTB craziness). They are already leaf sprung, the front is a high pinion Dana 44 and the rear will be a Dana 60. Lots of years of fords, chevys and dodges used similar dana 60 rear axles so you don't necessarily need to find a matched pair.

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because i want to be different, had a bronco don't want the weight ive seen a few with leaf spring set ups and someone on here has a mj on 42's its bad a$$

 

Different, like everybody else.

 

See, lots of people have done front leaf suspension. You should just do NO suspension, weld the front end to the frame. That'll be different.

 

:agree:

 

But, you know, I'm sure he wouldn't be the first one to do that.

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because i want to be different, had a bronco don't want the weight ive seen a few with leaf spring set ups and someone on here has a mj on 42's its bad a$$

 

Different, like everybody else.

 

See, lots of people have done front leaf suspension. You should just do NO suspension, weld the front end to the frame. That'll be different.

 

:agree:

 

But, you know, I'm sure he wouldn't be the first one to do that.

 

No, but he would be more different, like everyone else.

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If you want to be unique, there's always the Ford radius arms. :D

 

Eh, knowing what I know now if I was doing any axle swap on the front end it would be a 4link.

 

I get that leaf suspensions are easy to setup, but ill be dammed if a 4link isn't so many times better and still very easy to design.

 

Plus with all the companies that offer premade brackets and such all you have to do is sling a welder and do some math.

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