Thanks for the insight Phil, it's great having you on this forum. I agree that the vehicle was great. The 2.9 had pretty good power reasonable mileage and it could turn around on a dime. When mine rusted out I sold it to a neighbor who used it as a camp car for his lodge in the Adirondacks.Hi Josh,
Ah the memories! Back story on the Bronco II.... Consumer Reports decided the Bronco II was tippy and proceeded to create the data to fit their answer and they managed to flip one on its side (Protective out riggers were used to protect the driver. They weigh about 150lbs, biased outside the wheel base.) Light Truck Engineering responded with press releases to point out CR force fitting the data to the answer. However we had to ensure stability and regain customer confidence. So one of the actions was to release the transfer skid plate 100% to slightly relocate the center of gravity downward for example. We tried mightly to flip one on its side without out riggers expecting to just throw the Bronco II away if we could flip it. Alas...we were unable to flip the vehicle on its side....CR never backed down from the Avoid classification, but sales were pretty steady. I always view it as a fun little vehicle... Where does this all end? Well....CR forced all manufacturers to test with out rigger brackets on the vehicles to ensure the imbalance caused by these brackets does not "upset the apple cart"... So you the customer bares the added cost to protect for something that will never be part of a vehicle...out rigger brackets...
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Ford Motor Co. Retired