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Radius arm caps with brackets?

Post by Cstrom » Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:58 am

Hey everyone new to the board from South Dakota. I recently picked up a nice uncut 74 Bronco Explorer 302, C4 Auto. The radius arm caps seem to have "brackets" welded on to them. Curious to what this would be for or what purpose they would serve? They were also painted red at one point so I know they are not factory. The guy I picked it up from was in his late 60s, said he bought it from the original owner in 2000. He had replaced the exhaust but other than that it was pretty much stock. Any ideas? Thanks
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Post by Stan » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:37 am

They're brackets for an extra set of shocks to help eliminate front wheel hop.
Quite common - all three of the Broncos I've owned had/have em.
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Post by Cstrom » Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:10 pm

Oh interesting...Judging by the weld it must not be a factory thing? Something some one did as a modification?
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Post by Stan » Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:14 pm

Cstrom wrote:Oh interesting...Judging by the weld it must not be a factory thing? Something some one did as a modification?
Yep - a lot of people/fabricators made and sold em
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Post by DirtDonk » Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:19 pm

Great looking rig too by the way. Congrats and welcome to broncofix.com as well.
Interesting that only the caps have the mounts in your case. Normally they'd be accompanied by an upper bracket welded to the spring tower. Since yours is potentially so old that the lowers were welded on many years ago, before the advent of upper hoops to replace the simple brackets, then maybe yours just never got installed. Maybe they lost interest, maybe they didn't get a good weld on there and they tore off?
Do either of the spring towers have anything looking like a thick metal "arm" welded to their forward edge? Maybe some old welds? Be interested to see what is up.
The other thing that happens with these older rigs is that someone might have replaced the caps with some where the tabs were already installed. But with your history of few owners and going back to the original owner, that seems less likely.

Nothing wrong with leaving them on, or even adding the upper mounts and a secondary shock if you decide you need them. Most Bronco owners no longer need dual shocks. The use we put the trucks to just doesn't justify the stiffer ride. However, there is still a need under the right circumstances.
The only reason to remove the lower tabs would be if you decided to reorient the tie-rod to a TRO (tie-rod over) position where the tabs would be in the way. No normal reason to do that on a relatively unmodified Bronco though. Only if you're lifting the suspension a lot, or trying to achieve something where the tie-rod in it's stock position just doesn't work the way you want.

Congrats again on the new-to-you rig.

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