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post #1 of 8 Old 05-30-2015, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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1st gen w/ 2nd gen front end?

Ive been wondering if anyone's tried to replace the twin ibeam suspension with a more up to date suspension such as the second gen lightning including the swaybar. Id like to use the 2nd gen calipers/rotors as well, which wouldnt be hard. My plan is to put my truck on air ride, not to slam it, but to lower it a few inches and still be able to raise it back up due to road conditions and towing and tire wear/handling be unaffected unlike the ibeam. Also, is the rear axle the same width or close to the 1st gens? Id like to have rear disk brakes, nobody makes a kit for the 8.8 with 5x5.5 lug, and since im gonna weld a 4link on, and it might be cheaper to get a newer (used) rear end that already has a locker and disk brakes with the right gears. I already have 2nd gen wheels so i wouldnt mind going with the newer lug size.

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Thats an awesome idea. I always wanted to do that. My idea would be to swap a first gen body to a late model frame and run the modular setup. Wouldn't have to use a lightning chassis any swb 98-03 should work.


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Some guys are starting to do the crown vic swap on the front of these trucks. Not that difficult of a swap. You can also do and AJE front suspension tubular kit. If it's mostly a race truck. It's not designed for heavy street use.

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I like the idea of just swapping frames with a newer SWB truck, my only questions are is the wheelbase the same and then how much work would it be to get the fenders, cab and bed to line up perfectly i do know the beds were slightly shorter and the engine is crammed further in the firewall (or so it seems) and then i just rebuilt a 5.8 in my truck so itd be a while before i do any engine mods, but good information for anyone else thats been pondering the same thing or looking to upgrade.


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Thats an awesome idea. I always wanted to do that. My idea would be to swap a first gen body to a late model frame and run the modular setup. Wouldn't have to use a lightning chassis any swb 98-03 should work.
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A couple people ive talked to said the crown vic is a good upgrade but would that make you use the car 5 lug? Id like to keep my truck a daily driver. And also, im not sure if its possible but i wonder if a steering rack would work. Id like to upgrade the rotors and calipers, do the crown vic have any upgrades? I know the 2nd gen lightning does unlike the first gen does, all you can get is drilled and slotted rotors. Id like to possibly get dual piston calipers along with drilled and slotted rotors on the front and rear axle. Im not so worried about the proportioning valve because i know there's adjustable ones out there and the brake booster and master cylinder should be fine, just have to make a couple custom brake lines which that's strait forward as well.

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Some guys are starting to do the crown vic swap on the front of these trucks. Not that difficult of a swap. You can also do and AJE front suspension tubular kit. If it's mostly a race truck. It's not designed for heavy street use.
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Cool Cheaper upgrade is to use E150 parts 04-07

The E150 still used the older front twin I-beam suspension all the way up to 2007, but in 2004 the brakes were updated to dual calibers, and the rotor sized was increased.
Although you still have the old I-beam suspension, the brakes are much better, and all the stuff is factory bolt on items.

Although I do like the idea of the crown vic setup, but it involves a lot more work.

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there is plenty write up on the gen1 lightning using 2004-08 e-150 front big brake swap on the internet. Look into Search Results - The National Lightning Owners Club Inc

Plenty of valuable info there for our trucks.
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