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Hey guys here's a video of my wife and I removing the M220 rear axle and swapping in a "new" one. It's the second video in our series on re-gearing and axle-swapping our '21 Ford Bronco Base. This video covers the process, in-depth, of removing and and re-installing the M220 rear axle assembly. In our case we swapped in a used Badlands rear end that we had already re-geared and freshened up. But the process would be the same for those considering installing a brand new M220 complete axle assembly from Ford Performance or the Ultimate D44 from Dana.



Disclaimer: This is our longest video to date as we wanted to capture the entire process for anyone considering doing this work themselves but might not be sure what it entails. Experienced mechanics might find it a bit basic and ponderous so it won't hurt our feelings if you choose to find something more brief to view for your Bronco entertainment. But for those considering this as a DIY project, it's all in there so grab a beer and follow along!

Ford Bronco Complete Rear Axle Swap (M220) - In Depth DIY Video IMG_6752


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This is the second video in the series. Please check out our 5.13 Gear Swap video, the first installment in this series, if you haven't yet. The next video will cover the process of swapping our Bronco's stock M190 front drive unit for a re-geared and locked M210, so stay tuned for that one. After that we'll cover the process of buttoning everything up, hooking up the locker switches, and installing ProCal to delete the FAD.

Ford Bronco Complete Rear Axle Swap (M220) - In Depth DIY Video IMG_6780


And yes, Steffie did do some of the work!

Ford Bronco Complete Rear Axle Swap (M220) - In Depth DIY Video IMG_7022


Even the dogs lended moral support :)

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Good stuff @Dusty

Mini Rant: Ford completely killed the value proposition of the Base Bronco by having a welded carrier assembly & ring gear. Super unfortunate they went that route.

Anyway… video length is fine. I know it’s not “YouTube friendly” or anything, but I’ve personally found my most successful videos are the longest. There will be people that want to do this, and more information is generally better than less when it comes to tutorial-type videos.
 

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Bookmarked!!
 
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Good stuff @Dusty

Mini Rant: Ford completely killed the value proposition of the Base Bronco by having a welded carrier assembly & ring gear. Super unfortunate they went that route.
Yeah it sucks they did it like that. But I'm guessing it's all about assembly efficiency, so if that contributed to my being able to buy it for $28.5K plus tax, I'll let it slide. That said, I would argue that they killed the value proposition of the Base Bronco when they killed the Base Bronco LOL

Anyway… video length is fine. I know it’s not “YouTube friendly” or anything, but I’ve personally found my most successful videos are the longest. There will be people that want to do this, and more information is generally better than less when it comes to tutorial-type videos.
Yeah I've come to that conclusion myself. On my "adventure" videos I try to keep them a bit more succinct but on tech videos I'm becoming less concerned about viewer drop-off. I usually look for YouTube videos for just about any job I'm thinking of doing before I dive into it. (yours have been especially helpful, by the way, thanks for that!). Unfortunately many of them tend to gloss over some of the small details in favor of brevity. To the video producer it probably seems like an inconsequential detail that they've cut out, but when they gloss over some minor detail I'm specifically wondering about, it can be frustrating. So in this one I decided to just leave it all in there. I don't do YouTube for a living so I'm not so concerned about the algorithm LOL.
 

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No triangulated 4 link??
 

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No triangulated 4 link??
I have the parts in hand but it will be a little while before I get to it! I'm thinking of getting the heavier duty lower link and shock mounts from Barnes 4WD and doing those at the same time since I have to pull the axle back out and do some grinding and welding anyhow. That said, I have several other projects in front of it, which I have to somehow fit in between our wheeling schedule :)
 

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Disclaimer: This is our longest video to date as we wanted to capture the entire process for anyone considering doing this work themselves but might not be sure what it entails. Experienced mechanics might find it a bit basic and ponderous so it won't hurt our feelings if you choose to find something more brief to view for your Bronco entertainment. But for those considering this as a DIY project, it's all in there so grab a beer and follow along!
That is what the 2x speed on Youtube is for ;)

Great job with the details Dusty 🤠
 
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That is what the 2x speed on Youtube is for ;)

Great job with the details Dusty 🤠
I already sped up a bunch of it by 4X! Made me feel good to see myself working so fast LOL
 
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A couple of people have reached out to inquire about the 4.46-geared M220 I pulled out, but I'm happy to report that it has already been passed along to a Bronco brother in need :)
 

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Good stuff @Dusty

Mini Rant: Ford completely killed the value proposition of the Base Bronco by having a welded carrier assembly & ring gear. Super unfortunate they went that route.

Anyway… video length is fine. I know it’s not “YouTube friendly” or anything, but I’ve personally found my most successful videos are the longest. There will be people that want to do this, and more information is generally better than less when it comes to tutorial-type videos.
Your Skyrider video was a great help last October!
 

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Hey guys here's a video of my wife and I removing the M220 rear axle and swapping in a "new" one. It's the second video in our series on re-gearing and axle-swapping our '21 Ford Bronco Base. This video covers the process, in-depth, of removing and and re-installing the M220 rear axle assembly. In our case we swapped in a used Badlands rear end that we had already re-geared and freshened up. But the process would be the same for those considering installing a brand new M220 complete axle assembly from Ford Performance or the Ultimate D44 from Dana.



Disclaimer: This is our longest video to date as we wanted to capture the entire process for anyone considering doing this work themselves but might not be sure what it entails. Experienced mechanics might find it a bit basic and ponderous so it won't hurt our feelings if you choose to find something more brief to view for your Bronco entertainment. But for those considering this as a DIY project, it's all in there so grab a beer and follow along!

Ford Bronco Complete Rear Axle Swap (M220) - In Depth DIY Video IMG_7012


Ford Bronco Complete Rear Axle Swap (M220) - In Depth DIY Video IMG_7012


This is the second video in the series. Please check out our 5.13 Gear Swap video, the first installment in this series, if you haven't yet. The next video will cover the process of swapping our Bronco's stock M190 front drive unit for a re-geared and locked M210, so stay tuned for that one. After that we'll cover the process of buttoning everything up, hooking up the locker switches, and installing ProCal to delete the FAD.

Ford Bronco Complete Rear Axle Swap (M220) - In Depth DIY Video IMG_7012


And yes, Steffie did do some of the work!

Ford Bronco Complete Rear Axle Swap (M220) - In Depth DIY Video IMG_7012


Even the dogs lended moral support :)

Ford Bronco Complete Rear Axle Swap (M220) - In Depth DIY Video IMG_7012
I enjoyed the edification and knowledge gained from your and Stephanie's video. Thanks. I note you have the Icon Exp rear shocks (and I assume front, as well). I'm seriously considering those, since I want a nicer ride and only a 1 inch or so lift for my 33" tires (OBX). Are you pleased with them, enough to keep them long term? Did you use the OEM springs (I see the Ford tag) or did you find a stronger spring from a different trim? I might need a rear spring slightly stronger due to gear in the rear, frig & rear cap rack.
 

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Who cares about your axles. Tell us more about your pup. 😀

Bullmastiff?
 
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I enjoyed the edification and knowledge gained from your and Stephanie's video. Thanks. I note you have the Icon Exp rear shocks (and I assume front, as well). I'm seriously considering those, since I want a nicer ride and only a 1 inch or so lift for my 33" tires (OBX). Are you pleased with them, enough to keep them long term? Did you use the OEM springs (I see the Ford tag) or did you find a stronger spring from a different trim? I might need a rear spring slightly stronger due to gear in the rear, frig & rear cap rack.
Yep I have EXP's front and rear. I do like them, they were a big improvement over the factory HOSS 1.0 (Hitachi) shocks. I used them with the same springs my Bronco came with, as I've never been one to load up on weight (talking about the Bronco obviously, not myself! LOL). I've had them for about two years so far. Not sure if that counts as long term but I do plan on pulling them out in the near future, as I hope to be upgrading to ICON full coilovers with the CDEV electronic valve system. The EXP's work great for what they are, but in the end they are only a shock. Yes, they're valved better and have more fluid volume than the Hitachis, but they don't do anything to improve travel since they use the same spring. I work for ICON so I get to drive vehicles all the time with CDEV (not just our company Bronco but Toyotas, Ford pickups, etc.), and I think CDEV is amazing. Therefore I want it for my own Bronco LOL. At the beginning of my build, I stuck with the EXP's because they fit the theme of the build at the time, which was to keep it affordable while trying to coax as much fun out of it as possible without going too wild on the mods. But we've moved into a different phase of Chanel's life at this point, so it's time to start thinking about upgrading the suspension as well. We'll document that process too, when we get to it :)
 

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Yep I have EXP's front and rear. I do like them, they were a big improvement over the factory HOSS 1.0 (Hitachi) shocks. I used them with the same springs my Bronco came with, as I've never been one to load up on weight (talking about the Bronco obviously, not myself! LOL). I've had them for about two years so far. Not sure if that counts as long term but I do plan on pulling them out in the near future, as I hope to be upgrading to ICON full coilovers with the CDEV electronic valve system. The EXP's work great for what they are, but in the end they are only a shock. Yes, they're valved better and have more fluid volume than the Hitachis, but they don't do anything to improve travel since they use the same spring. I work for ICON so I get to drive vehicles all the time with CDEV (not just our company Bronco but Toyotas, Ford pickups, etc.), and I think CDEV is amazing. Therefore I want it for my own Bronco LOL. At the beginning of my build, I stuck with the EXP's because they fit the theme of the build at the time, which was to keep it affordable while trying to coax as much fun out of it as possible without going too wild on the mods. But we've moved into a different phase of Chanel's life at this point, so it's time to start thinking about upgrading the suspension as well. We'll document that process too, when we get to it :)
That's the straight analysis I am looking for. Appreciate it! Please share a link or name of the exact Icon model # you're upgrading to. Maybe I should skip the intermediate step and go for the Gold!
 
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That's the straight analysis I am looking for. Appreciate it! Please share a link or name of the exact Icon model # you're upgrading to. Maybe I should skip the intermediate step and go for the Gold!
Here's a link to the Stage 8 complete system, which includes CDEV. In my case I already have all the other components so I only need to get the coilovers and the IIC (the electronic controller). They're all sold separately for those who already have aftermarket UCA's and links.
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