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Old 04-08-2008, 08:31 AM   #1
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Was there any combination of options that would have put a 9", live axle front end in a 1995 Bronco? I just stopped and put my head under one the other day along the side of the road, and I think that I saw a 9" front in it... I thought they all had the "awesome" twin beam front ends, that needed redone every 50K. I wouldn't have thought twice about it if it were a lifted truck, or if it mentioned it in the sheet in the window, but there wasn't a word about it, and I think it's on 30" tires and the (what appears to be) stock suspension. Thanks in advance for the help.

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Old 04-08-2008, 11:37 AM   #2
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Was there any combination of options that would have put a 9", live axle front end in a 1995 Bronco? I just stopped and put my head under one the other day along the side of the road, and I think that I saw a 9" front in it... I thought they all had the "awesome" twin beam front ends, that needed redone every 50K. I wouldn't have thought twice about it if it were a lifted truck, or if it mentioned it in the sheet in the window, but there wasn't a word about it, and I think it's on 30" tires and the (what appears to be) stock suspension. Thanks in advance for the help.
I don't think so. The biggest motor you could get was the 351M which was offered in the Eddie Bauers and XLT as an option. I have a 90' Eddie Bauer with the 351M. To the best of my knowledge and understanding, they only came in twin beams front axles....which tracks like a mother in the snow.

I bet they guy you saw modified his. I have never seen a solid front axle on the latest Broncos.

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I don't think so. The biggest motor you could get was the 351M which was offered in the Eddie Bauers and XLT as an option. I have a 90' Eddie Bauer with the 351M. To the best of my knowledge and understanding, they only came in twin beams front axles....which tracks like a mother in the snow.

I bet they guy you saw modified his. I have never seen a solid front axle on the latest Broncos.
did your 90 have a 351W or 351M?

im not arguing with you, i just didnt realize they made the 351M that late. how do you like it? my dad had one in a 77 and didnt care for it, but it seems like it should be a strong engine.....

fwiw, my wife had a 82 bronco and it had the ttb dana 44. i have never seen one with a solid axle.
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Thanks guys, I thought that it should not have been a solid axle front. I wonder if the guy that owns it even knows... Might be a second (or 3rd) owner that just got it that way...
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Maybe he wouldn't notice if you put it back stock for him and took the axle.
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did your 90 have a 351W or 351M?

im not arguing with you, i just didnt realize they made the 351M that late. how do you like it? my dad had one in a 77 and didnt care for it, but it seems like it should be a strong engine.....

fwiw, my wife had a 82 bronco and it had the ttb dana 44. i have never seen one with a solid axle.
I have the 351M in mine and I really do not like it. It gets the job done but you can't really do much in terms of performance improvements... I believe they stopped installing the 351W blocks in the late 80's.

In my opinion, the 351 Windsor block is a much better motor (vs 351M) and much more flexible in terms of add ons and improvements. It's Ford's 302 block stroked so you can mix and match OEM and aftermarket parts all day long.

Now if you compare the 351W vs. the 351 Cleveland.... The Cleveland is the bomb hands down. I have a 351C - 4V in my 71' Torino GT and in stock form runs circles around a stock 351W.
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My father had a 79 F250 with a 351C...what a beast. My first car ever was a 1991 Silver Anniversary Bronco with a dinky 302. It had the twin beam front suspension as well.
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My father had a 79 F250 with a 351C...what a beast. My first car ever was a 1991 Silver Anniversary Bronco with a dinky 302. It had the twin beam front suspension as well.
My Dad used to have a Bronco with a 302 in it as well. It had a hard time getting out of it's own way!! Thanks for the input guys, I was just wondering, and thinking that if this guy wanted to come down on price... a lot, it may make a fun project for a different DD... Fullsize Bronco with a SAS on 35-37" tires would be fun to drive around every day...
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I have the 351M in mine and I really do not like it. It gets the job done but you can't really do much in terms of performance improvements... I believe they stopped installing the 351W blocks in the late 80's.

In my opinion, the 351 Windsor block is a much better motor (vs 351M) and much more flexible in terms of add ons and improvements. It's Ford's 302 block stroked so you can mix and match OEM and aftermarket parts all day long.

Now if you compare the 351W vs. the 351 Cleveland.... The Cleveland is the bomb hands down. I have a 351C - 4V in my 71' Torino GT and in stock form runs circles around a stock 351W.
thats too bad its a pig. thats right inline with what my dad had said....i just thought maybe it was just him or something i drove it a few times but i was so young i had no idea of how it drove. i knew the 351C was a beast. its a big block, right? i had a 302 in my 86 ford. it wasnt that bad, but nothing compared to truck motors these days. you had to really wind it up to get much out of it......

my truck now makes more torque at idle than my 302 peaked at
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thats too bad its a pig. thats right inline with what my dad had said....i just thought maybe it was just him or something i drove it a few times but i was so young i had no idea of how it drove. i knew the 351C was a beast. its a big block, right? i had a 302 in my 86 ford. it wasnt that bad, but nothing compared to truck motors these days. you had to really wind it up to get much out of it......

my truck now makes more torque at idle than my 302 peaked at
The 351C a big block? As a machine shop owner once told me when I asked him that very same question:"I suppose if you're in the right comapany at a party, you could call it a big block...but I wouldn't".

After owning just about everything Ford has made in the last 30 years...I'd say he's right...nothing (in Ford's arsenal) compares to the old FE big block 428 or 385 series 460.

The 351 Windsor is a stroked 302 small block. The 351 Cleveland is it's own animal...but not a big block.

I must say, I'm really impressed with their 4.6 liter 3V. I have one in my Expedition and it blows away the 351M in my Bronco....hands down. Plus it gets 20 mpg!!!
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The 351C a big block? As a machine shop owner once told me when I asked him that very same question:"I suppose if you're in the right comapany at a party, you could call it a big block...but I wouldn't".
hahahaha....well, if you put it that way

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from all ive been told, that 428 was a beast. the 460 ive heard mixed reviews of

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I must say, I'm really impressed with their 4.6 liter 3V. I have one in my Expedition and it blows away the 351M in my Bronco....hands down. Plus it gets 20 mpg!!!
its amazing the horsepower created by modern computer controlled engines. back in the day, 1 HP per cube was impressive, now, thats a grocery getter i have a buddy with a built cobra with the 4.6.....that thing is crazy fast.
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hahahaha....well, if you put it that way



from all ive been told, that 428 was a beast. the 460 ive heard mixed reviews of



its amazing the horsepower created by modern computer controlled engines. back in the day, 1 HP per cube was impressive, now, thats a grocery getter i have a buddy with a built cobra with the 4.6.....that thing is crazy fast.
I've got a '95 Lincoln Mark VIII.... It has the cobra 4.6L 4V DOHC motor and an automatic trans... nothing short of a rocket and it gets 25 mpg. However, a valve job will set you back at least 3K. Iv'e got 130K on the motor and it runs as hard as it did when I had 40K... Hands down, best motor Ford has put out. I'd love to try out their newest 5.4L 4V DOHC version cobra motor.

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