We chose to use Bilstein coilovers and Eibach springs, as we’ve had good experiences with products from both companies. Our next step was to find some axleshafts that would match the lengthened beams. Calls to a few mail-order axle suppliers left us empty-handed; the custom length shafts (one side is U-jointed in the center) certainly weren’t off-the-shelf parts. Finally, we got in touch with the people at Currie Enterprises, and they set us straight, with a “Yeah, we can build whatever you need.” We had the shafts in hand a few days later.
We hung around Camburg headquarters in Huntington Beach, California, for a couple of days as the crew installed the parts. The place is a beehive of activity, with Trophy trucks being created in one area of the large shop floor, and individual customer vehicles in the process of modification throughout the facility.
We shot the install and then came the moment for which we’d waited so long—a lengthy off-road trip with long-travel suspension underneath our beloved project truck. Was it all that we’d hoped and dreamed for? Did the suspension transform the Bronco into a full-fledged desert runner? We’re guessing you’ve glanced at the photo and already have an idea, but follow along with the captions for a full-fledged report.
07. In addition to the coilovers, Bilstein bumpstops were utilized in conjunction with t
08. Camburg’s own radius arms were utilized as part of the long-travel kit, and these ar
09. One complaint we’d always had with TTB (twin traction beam) lift kits was that the
Off The Road Again
We departed for a two-day, 200-mile desert trip a few weeks later, excited at the chance to test the suspension. And test it we did—through long washboard roads, deep whoops, bermed turns, patches of powdery silt, and passages of sharp volcanic rocks. The thing was awesome (and the General Grabbers survived the whole trip. Though the Bronco doesn’t have the power of a modern Ford Raptor, it easily kept pace with one throughout the trip. And we’re betting it would have even pulled ahead in gnarlier terrain thanks to the control and damping provided by the Camburg long-travel kit.
We even took the Juice into the rocks. We were curious to see how the long-travel TTB setup would work in the rocks. In this case, the Bronco crawled around pretty well! Wheel droop was much improved, as demonstrated in this photo. Sure, it was difficult to fit the Bronco into some of the Jeep trails, but other than that, the day was a success. This is one reason we’ve made sure to retain four-wheel drive, and we plan to do further testing at this year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari. This Bronco can rip around in the desert and climb on trails in low-range. That’s some admirable versatility, and we won’t deny it: We’re thrilled with the Camburg kit.
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