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  • The First Mods You Should Do to the 2021 Ford Bronco

The First Mods You Should Do to the 2021 Ford Bronco

How Do You Improve An Impressive Vehicle?

Jul 13, 2020

The 2021 Ford Bronco is finally here, and it is amazing! With such versatility baked in from the factory, it's hard to imagine a situation where the new Bronco would need to be modified. However, we're never ones to underestimate people's inherent desire for personalization. Thankfully, Ford has recognized this as well and has said that when the first Broncos hit showroom floors in early 2021, there will be more than 200 available accessories, including more than 100 for Bronco Sport. These parts will be a mix of Ford Performance offerings and authorized aftermarket products.

Because we're still so far out from the first Bronco being introduced to the wild, anything we say on this topic is just an educated guess as to what might be available at that time, either from Ford or the aftermarket. With that in mind, let's take a look at what our first Bronco mods might be.

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Wheels, Tires & Suspension

This one is easy for us. No matter what trim level of Bronco is bought, we'd add the Sasquatch package to it from the get-go. Why you ask? The Sasquatch package adds 35-inch tires, beadlock capable wheels, and the HOSS suspension with position-sensitive Bilstein dampers. Although we don't yet know the cost of this package, if history is any indication, it should be right on par with or a touch less expensive than ordering these parts separate. Adding the Sasquatch package will also protect the vehicle's factory warranty, and you roll the cost into the financing.

EcoBoost Engine Performance

The 2021 Ford Bronco is going to arrive outfitted with either the 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 or 2.7L EcoBoost V-6. The 2.3L EcoBoost is said to produce 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is the same as the rating of the engine when installed in the 2020 Ranger. Ford Performance currently offers a tuner for Ranger that bumps engine power up to 315 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque. We can't imagine they won't offer the same for Bronco.

The 2.7L V-6 is said to produce 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. This is slightly less than the 325 hp that the engine currently makes in the 2020 Ford F-150 pickup (torque is the same at 400 lb-ft). Assuming Ford Performance doesn't offer a tuner for the 2.7L EcoBoost version, the aftermarket has this covered and is easily pushing the engine to nearly 400 hp and 500 lb-ft, which is incredible.

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Body Armor

Ford has given the aftermarket quite the gift by allowing the new 2021 Bronco's body panels to be removed quickly with basic hand tools. What this will allow is for easy fender and fender flare changes. Depending on the type of off-roading that's intended, we're anticipating that everything from steel tube fenders to wider fiberglass units will be available. We'd likely grab a set of aftermarket fenders, hang our factory ones in the garage, and go have fun in the rocks without worry.

Rock sliders will also be a must. And, in fact, Bronco will come from the factory with pretty decent rocker protection. However, for those looking forward to more extreme wheeling, a new set of rock rails should be on order.

Bumpers and Winch

Yes please. The number and style of bumpers and winches for the 2021 Bronco is likely to be the bulk of the parts catalog. We'd keep a low-profile bumper on the vehicle, much like factory, and back it with a 10,000-pound Warn winch. Choosing from the approved variety will ensure that all of the factory electronics remain functional.

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Let There Be Light

As part of the introduction of the 2021 Ford Bronco, Ford teased photos of Broncos with LED light bars attached to the roofline. This tells us that there will be not only light bars on the approved parts list, but also mounts. We'd probably outfit the Bronco with a nice, low-profile, led light bar along with an amber dust light to the rear.

Whatever the Heart Desires

Much like Jeep's Wrangler, the new 2021 Ford Bronco is set to be one of the most customizable vehicles on the road. It is also set to come from the factory with a robust feature set, one that doesn't need a ton of improvement. We're sure we'll see tons of accessories, from dash mounts for cameras and cell phones to floor mats and seat covers. We know there will be tube door options from Ford, and it's likely there will be several different kinds. There's likely to be roof panel insulation panels, along with different soft tops and sun visors. The list is going to be enormous.

All we know for sure at this point is that we are beyond excited to see just how each Bronco owner customizes their ride. And if we can avoid any kind of angry eyebrow grille inserts or the inevitable headlight eyelash extensions, that would be great. Thanks.

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