The third, fourth, and fifth-generation Ford Bronco and seventh, eighth, and ninth-generation Ford F-150 are already pretty rugged vehicles as-is. But like everything in life, they can be made better with some aftermarket parts. And now, owners of 1980-1996 Ford Bronco and Ford F-150 models can seriously beef up their suspension with a new straight axle conversion kit from Desolate Motorsports.
The straight axle conversion kit utilizes a 2005-2016 Ford Super Duty Dana 60 front axle and 2.5×12 inch King coil over shocks with remote reservoirs to add some serious capability to those older rigs. Buyers will need to supply the complete F-250 or F-350 front axle, stock steering, tie rods, drag links, and a rear axle to match the eight lug bolt pattern on the front axle, however.
The straight axle conversion kit comes with everything else needed to complete the conversion. That includes the aforementioned coilovers, Desolate Motorsports shock towers, a custom track bar, adjustable radius arm system, 1.25 inch chromoly hiems joints, radius arm pivot brackets, limit straps, a conversion u-joint, extended front brake lines, pitman arm, and all the applicable hardware.
In return, the Bronco or F-150 owner gets a host of benefits. They include 4-8 inches of lift, along with a roughly four inch increase in track width. The new axles provide a massive upgrade for all sorts of off-roading activities, particularly rock climbing, and allow owners to run eight lug wheels as well.
The stock front Bronco driveshaft can be used for lesser lifts, but going eight inches or above may require a custom driveline or transfer case indexing ring/cross member modification. Regardless, Desolate has a line on parts if buyers need them.
For those looking to build a beefy rock crawling Bronco or F-150, this straight axle conversion seems like a pretty straight line to get there.
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