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Project Ford Bronco

I picked this sweet 1996 Ford Bronco during my senior year of high school. Big engine, a bigger cabin, 4-wheel drive, and a removable top – nothing could beat it! It was a great vehicle to learn how to wrench on (mechanical everything!) and has proven to be mostly-reliable and very capable in stock form.

Over the past 12 years of ownership, a lot has changed, both in what I wanted to accomplish with the truck and how I wanted to go about tackling them.

Now with 225,000 miles on the original motor and transmission, not much else is factory. We’re running a Solo Motorsports long-travel coilover setup on a beefed up D44 Twin Traction Beam (TTB). The truck is capable of 19” of front and rear travel. Not only does this set up work great on-road and in the rocks, it allows us to bomb through the desert at 70 MPH comfortably and totally almost in control.

Most importantly, I wanted to build a long-term capable, reliable, and safe vehicle for exploring the great outdoors; Master of None but a Jack of All Trades. I also wanted something unique, a totally mechanical system for cheap and easy trail repairs (they do happen, please plan for them), and a cabin that comfortably fit my 6’7” stature and oversized necessities.

Other upgraded items include:

Front Suspension: Solo Motorsports stock width cut & turned TTB with King 2.5”x12” Coilovers and bumps

Rear Suspension: Deaver Q80 Rear Leaf Packs with King 2.5”x12” Remote Resivoirs and bumps

Electronic Lockers front and rear

35x12.5R17 BFG KO2 Tires and Method Race Wheels

Red Head Steering Box with Saginaw pump conversion and Ambulance Steering Linkage

Custom Front Bumper, Rear bumper with tire carrier, and rock sliders

Baja Designs XL80 Driving Lights

Baja Designs Squadron Sport Fog Lights

Baja Designs S2 Sport Rear Dust Lights

Warn Zeon 12-S winch

Custom Rear Storage System (build feature to follow)