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1986 F350 frame differences

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Psyclopse, Jan 2, 2001.

  1. Psyclopse

    Psyclopse Member
    Messages: 94

    I was checking out the shackle reverse kit at http://www.offroadunlimited.com. They state that they have a kit that fits (and I quote) "86.5 - 91 Ford F350 4WD." I wasn't aware that there was a difference between an 86 and an 86 1/2. Anyone care to shed some light on this?

    I just bought an 86 F350 today, and I was wondering how to tell which is which. Also, they claim "This kit maybe used to convert 1980-97 2wd to 4wd with modification and additional parts available from ORU." Wonder what additional parts would be needed for something like that.
     
  2. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,011

    86 1/2 (87) is the new "aero" look body with composite headlamps. 86 has sealed beams and eggcrate grille.
     
  3. mikeslawncare

    mikeslawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Early 86 F-350 4x4 had the "twin-traction beam" front end like the 80-97 F-250HD 4x4. Later 86's had the bulletproof Dana 60 front axle. The Dana 60 front axle handles a snow plow much better than the IFS set-up.
     
  4. Psyclopse

    Psyclopse Member
    Messages: 94

    So, is there a difference in the actual frames, or is it just the mounts and crossmember that is different?
     
  5. mikeslawncare

    mikeslawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    To the best of my knowledge the frames are the same distance between frame rails and the same height. On my old 86 Meyer plow set-up, the same mounting kit fit the F-250 and 350's. I had this kit on a F-350 4x4 dump with the Dana 60 straight axle.