Installing Cage Off-Road's 6.5-inch Long-Arm Kit
Nothing says '80s quite like quad shocks-even in 1978. Ford engineers may have had their hearts in the right place (and were even ahead of their time) when they built the first fullsize Broncos in 1978, but the aftermarket has had almost three decades to improve on what Ford first put out. We decided that our Bronco was destined for a better suspension that could actually perform off-road in various scenarios. Our Bronco was already fitted with an antiquated 6-inch suspension lift that was probably sagging to about four inches taller than stock. We had enough room to clear 38-inch tires but hated the fact that even our 35-inch tires would rub against our stock radius arms at full turn. Needless to say we could never perform a U-turn unless we were off-road.
We decided that CAGE Off-Road Products was the only way to go for a tough reliable off-road suspension that would still give us a decent on road feel. CAGE Off-Road really put in the man hours designing this suspension so that you won't have to do any mods afterwards to make it perform that way you want. This is a fairly in-depth suspension to install in a driveway but it is definitely doable. The hardest part was installing the C-bushings around our axle and at the end of the radius arms. If you can do that, you too can knock out a suspension like this in a weekend with the help of a few buddies. So what does the suspension ride like? It is, to date, our favorite radius arm suspension out on the market!. The progressive rate coils allow a super smooth highway ride, yet it no longer requires a sway bar for high-speed jaunts or highways. It is super fun to drive now thanks to CAGE's suspension, and it doesn't hurt that the new nitrogen-charged shocks deliver a foot of travel!
Author's Note: I'd like to thank my father for his tremendous help during the build. Thanks, Dad!