Ford cooked up these 4 Moab-ready Broncos for aftermarket obsessives

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James Lipman

The Ford Bronco team knows it has a hit on its hands. Test engineers at the Blue Oval have spent plenty of time thrashing both two- and four-door Broncos to develop the hardware customers need to hit the trail with confidence. However, off-road enthusiasts have made it clear that they love to customize their vehicles to improve the trail readiness and comfort, whether they’re used for rock-crawling or as a plush basecamp.

Just in time to counter Jeep’s custom creations, Ford is showing off five off-roaders (four Broncos and one Bronco Sport) built in partnership with aftermarket companies to highlight what can be done to further personalize a Bronco.

RTR Bronco Badlands

Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s RTR Vehicles started with a Bronco four-door Badlands and added custom RTR rock sliders, rear bumper, and RTR Tech-6 wheels mounted with 35-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires. That gear will help you get into and out of some treacherous terrain, while a 12-volt Type S Blizzard Box refrigerator/freezer allows you to stay and relax with a fully stocked larder. Up front, RTR created a one-off, 3D-printed grille. The Bronco’s different factory grilles show just how much a single piece can change the look of the vehicle, and the fact that 3D-printed parts are becoming viable have us looking forward to how RTR and other companies will be able to rapid-prototype different looks and put them into production.

4 Wheel Parts Bronco Black Diamond

4 Wheel Parts highlights some of the 30 new products it has developed for the Bronco with this four-door Bronco Black Diamond. From heavy-duty upper control arms, front bumper, and skidplate to interior bits like the phone mount that bolts into existing dash mounts, 4 Wheel Parts has accessories for all kinds of Bronco users. This one is outfitted with 37-inch BFGoodrich mud terrain tires on 17-inch Method wheels and is topped by roof rack with a Smittybilt tent.

ARP Bronco Badlands

ARB has a great reputation for building tough off-road hardware, armor, and differential covers, so they were ready to build this four-door Bronco Badlands. It’s wearing ARB rocker sliders, rear differential cover, and airbag-compliant front and rear bumpers. What’s harder to see is the ARB air compressor that’s ready to air up tires after a day of wheeling. Inside, an ARB ZERO refrigerator/freezer and custom-fit lockable storage drawer.

Ford Bronco Outer Banks

Of course, Ford is in on the accessory game, too. It offers more than 100 parts for the Bronco Sport and more than 200 Ford-licensed parts will soon be available for the Bronco. This Bronco Outer Banks, which is also equipped with the Sasquatch package, is modeling some. From the JAC Products rock rails and Air Design fender flares to the Lund rocker covers, this Bronco is filled with accessories that you can have installed by your Ford dealer.

These four customized Broncos, plus at least one overland-ready Bronco Sport that we’ll have to wait to hear more about, will be on display at the 2021 Easter Jeep Safari, or as Ford calls it the “Easter Safari”. Ford may not want to acknowledge its deeply-rooted off-road rival directly, but Dearborn knows exactly how large the Jeep community is and how deep it reaches into the aftermarket. These Broncos prove that when the Bronco hits showrooms, there will be a bevy of products at the ready to help buyers go toe-to-toe with Wranglers.

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