July 2006 I was making a test run of my newly
installed Solid Axle Swap (SAS) when climbing a large hill I hit a
bump which cut the front brake line in half. I was not aware of it
and when I headed back down the hill I discovered I had no brakes. I
was going about 50 MPH when I reached the same bump which became a
ramp. If I went to the left or right I would have rolled it so I hit
it dead on and jumped about 10 feet in the air and landed about 50
to 60 from the ramp. It caused the front axle to snap, a good thing
since it acted like an anchor and stopped me from going down another
1000 feet down the hill.
This is the first pic I took
of the snapped axle. The diff is burried in the ground and the
radius arm is bent beyond recognition.
The view of where the Bronco was from the last
Rowher is not a beginners trail.
If you look close at the bottom of the Y you
can see the reflection from the winshield.
This is the ramp I was talking about.
It doesn't look that bad from this view.
Here you can see what could have happened.
Just beforehand I was overheating. We decided
to turn around and go back. Little did I know I had lost
This is where Tim found me.
If you think it looks bad now, just keep
I even snapped a few pics.
Bent up Bronco.
The drivers side tire was blown and rim was
The recovery team the day after.
Pulling it to level ground.
Strapping up the axles.
It almost looks like it should be that way.
After a couple of miles with Tim pulling and
Raf braking the front axle couldn't take it anymore.
The drivers side folded under and the
passenger side folded.
Back to level ground.
Poor Widle axle.
My custom bumper was dragged thru 1/4 mile of
rocks and dirt but didn't even bend at all.
Making it's way home.
With no front wheels it was a PITA to pull it
off the trailer. Notice my lawn ornaments?
The final push onto the driveway.