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Long-Term Updates - June 2010

Posted in How To on June 1, 2010
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Photographers: Off-Road Staff

Skyjacker Bronco Suspension
As far as lift kits go, the 6-inch Skyjacker system we installed on our TTB '93 Bronco worked as well or better than similar offerings we've used from other companies. The coil springs provided for the front end are the best part of this lift kit; they seem to provide a better ride than many of the other coil offerings out there. The leaf springs provided for the rear were ok; they provided a decent ride and wheel travel was reasonable. After a few months, we ditched the front and rear factory sway bars, upgraded the shocks to Bilstein 5150s, replaced the Skyjacker leaf packs with a pair from Deaver Suspension, and mated them to Camburg shackles. Both on- and off-road of our Bronco's performance were greatly enhanced, and we didn't break the bank adding the new leaves. One pesky problem that seems to plague lifted TTB-equipped vehicles is radius arm bushing wear, which results in a front-end clunk as the radius arms move within their mounts. These bushings are not expensive to purchase, but it's annoying to have to continually replace them. We plan to replace those bushings with Heim joints soon.

Bully Dog PMT
After a year of use the PMT has not given us a single problem. The adjustable safety limits have done their job keeping our engine intact while using the additional horse power the PMT's tuning provides. The integral digital gauges are easy to read and provide useful information.

One complaint could also be a blessing in disguise: The tuning is conservative compared to some other tuners available. If drag racing or sled pulling is your thing, the PMT probably isn't the tuner for you. If you want something to safely add power (about 100 rwhp) and not sacrifice the longevity of your truck, then the PMT is ideal.

Led Lights
We tried our first set of LED auxiliary lights about two years ago after Vision X sent us a pair. The wow-factor was definitely there, and we were excited to try them out. And the light they throw out is great...for lower speeds. If we were desert racing, we'd definitely add a set of HIDs as well. But we really like the flood light capability of the LED lights and they are great to pair up with some good long distance lights.

One thing that disappointed us was how fast one of the lenses yellowed. This coincidentally happened to one of the new headlights we installed around the same time, so we guess it was our luck of the draw.

Action Van Suspension
Remember that ambulance we gave a little attitude to back in May 2009's issue? Well, even if you don't, we're sure you can respect the idea of adding some off-road prowess to an ambulance that might be picking your battered body out of the desert one day. In fact, this very ambulance rescued one of our coworkers from a bad accident shortly after this suspension was put on. We checked in with West Shores Ambulance a few months ago and they told us the Action Van suspension kit is still holding up great-even with the extra load of the ambulance package. The Mickey Thompson tires are getting them places they never could before, which equates into more lives being saved. That's what we like to hear.

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