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Old 02/13/09, 12:52 PM   #1
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Cactus Smasher...

Hey guys-
I was just wondering if any of you have tried fitting a '78-79 style cactus smasher on a EB? Are they the same size? I'm not sure if they even called them cactus smashers on the full-size Broncos. Just trying to get around buying a new one from WH or bajabronco.com.
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Old 02/13/09, 02:43 PM   #2
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Hey guys-
I was just wondering if any of you have tried fitting a '78-79 style cactus smasher on a EB? Are they the same size? I'm not sure if they even called them cactus smashers on the full-size Broncos. Just trying to get around buying a new one from WH or bajabronco.com.
I think the curvature of the '78-'79 bumper would preclude using it on an EB.

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Old 02/13/09, 02:45 PM   #3
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if it's the cactus smasher that you merely bolt and drill into the bumper from the outside, then you should have no problem.

however, if it's a cactus smasher that in some way gets attached through the frame or somewhere on the frame, then i would be weary of buying it.

BUT...us bronco owners are an inventive bunch. therefore, just like one can make an acura integra seat( ummm...me) fit into your bronco, then there's a way to modify just about anything onto an eb.

good luck.
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Old 02/13/09, 03:49 PM   #4
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Jeffs sells it a little cheeper than WH

or maybe someone has a used one they can sell you

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Old 02/13/09, 04:18 PM   #5
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Yes, it would be directly bolted to the EB bumper...not the entire curved '78-79 bumper attatched to the EB frame (if that's what you were saying Todd Z. ?). I think the top mounting brackets are a bit more curved to mate the size of the full-size bumper. What I'm wondering is if the dimensions are identical to the Stroppe cactus smasher originally produced for the EB? Anyone know??...
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Is this catus smasher you refer to, also the same as a push gaurd. I still have the one that was originally purchased with my 74 EB Ranger. Give me a better idea of what you're talking about.
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The '79 push bar was offered on the "Free Wheeling" package and as an option on the '78 and '79 Bronco and F-series. The frame for the larger Bronco is wider than the EB. Neither of the mounting tabs are square vertically or horizontally. You would have to do a lot of cutting to make it work. And as usual with late '70's show bars, it was made out of thin sheet metal tubing.

I had one on my '79 Bronco. It was there but wouldn't do much without distorting the mounting tabs.

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Well, it looks like that's been answered. Thanks guys. If anyone has one for the EB laying around and at a decent price, let me know.
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Old 02/15/09, 03:45 PM   #10
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I just sold a very nice factory 78-79 push bar on ebay and got $300.00 for it. I say sell the one for the 78-79 and buy one for your EB
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Old 02/15/09, 08:35 PM   #11
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Well, it looks like that's been answered. Thanks guys. If anyone has one for the EB laying around and at a decent price, let me know.
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Old 02/18/09, 12:31 AM   #12
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Whoops. Second dibs....right after blubuckaroo
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