The Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport are shaping up to be two of the most popular off-roaders in North America. As a result, more and more people are starting to modify Ford’s newest 4x4 models. To make it easier for customers to dress up their new off-roaders, Ford has released a lineup of customized Broncos to help get the creative juices running. Best of all, the parts and accessories fitted on these SUVs are all approved by Ford.
Ford announced that they are partnering with various aftermarket suppliers to modify the Bronco and Bronco Sport easier. These companies include RTR Vehicles, ARB 4x4 Accessories, and 4 Wheel Parts. The five modified examples (four real deal Broncos and one Bronco Sport) were then displayed at the 2021 Easter Jeep Safari, all of them being four-door models.
Out of the five, the flashiest is the Bronco built by RTR Vehicles. Yes, this is the same RTR brand by Vaugh Gittin Jr. and his customized Mustangs. The RTR Bronco is based on the Badlands trim and features custom rock sliders, rear bumper, and RTR 3D-printed grille with simulated accent lights.
35-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires wrapped in RTR wheels give the Bronco off-road grip. Meanwhile, a roof-mounted Project X lightbar, custom RTR graphics, and a 12-volt Type S Blizzard Box refrigerator/freezer complete the RTR package.
ARB is a name everyone in the 4x4 and off-road community has heard of. Their Bronco is also based on the Badlands model and features a new front and rear steel bumper. ARB heavy-duty rock sliders and a differential cover ensure Ford’s 4x4 can take a beating off-road.
Other essential off-road accessories fitted on the ARB Bronco include an air compressor, which helps adjust tire pressure and even allows tools to be used, along with a jack, and a Zero refrigerator/freezer are also fitted. There’s also a big ARB sticker on the side, so it’s quite hard to miss.
Unlike the first two, the 4 Wheel Parts Bronco is based on the Black Diamond variant. A modular bumper, with an integrated winch and skid plate, is fitted on this Bronco. It’s matched with a custom roof rack and light mounts, plus a Smittybilt overhead tent and camping gear, awning, and refrigerator/air system. Interestingly, it's the only one out of the four to feature suspension upgrades. 37-inch BF Goodrich mud-terrain tires wrapped in 17-inch wheels further improve off-road capability.
4 Wheel Parts is also responsible for the lone Bronco Sport in the lineup. It is fitted with its own rooftop tent and new spare tire carrier. It gets its own unique set of wheels and tires, ready to take on the trail.
The last customized Bronco is modified by Ford themselves. It is based on an Outer Banks model with a Sasquatch Package and features a host of parts from Ford’s personal accessories division. Some of these include a windshield-mounted flashlight, JAC Products rock rails, fender flares by Air Design, and Trail Armor rocker panel covers by Lund.
With Ford partnering with more aftermarket brands, expect the list of available parts for the Bronco to grow even more. Hopefully, we get to see a few examples locally, assuming Ford Philippines brings in the Bronco.