Report: New Ford Bronco will have solid axles!

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    Watch out Jeep Wrangler, the 2021 Ford Bronco will feature sold axles! Supplier Dana has revealed that it's working on the driveline for the new Ford Bronco and that both the Bronco (and Ranger) will have "front and rear axles featuring our latest AdvanTEK gear technology." That means solid axle for both front and rear!

    Dana also makes the solid axles for the Jeep Wrangler, and here's the kicker -- the Bronco's solid axles will also be made in the same new plant in Toledo, Ohio that will begin making axles for the next generation Wrangler (JL) later this year.

    This news just made our wait for the true off-road capable new Ford Bronco that much harder!


    The report comes via Automotive News:

     
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    Thats great news .... I hope for makes it steer better then the Wrangler as my Wrangler steering leaves a lot to be desired. If they can make it feel like their super duties (also solid axel front and rear) they will have a big Overland crowd buying the Bronco
     
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    This is great news! Looks like the Bronco might just be a serious piece after all.
     
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    like the sounds of this....keep the good news coming!
     
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    I am all for some solid axle love on a new Bronco, but I don't see how anyone gets solid axle from the news Dana will provide some drive line stuff for the new Ranger/Bronco.

    The referenced Presentation has a page titled "Returning Home" with a couple of graphics depicting Ranger in 2019 and Bronco in 2020.
    Dana_Ranger_Bronco (Small).JPG

    And it appears that "Spicer Axles Featuring AdvanTEK Gearing" can mean Solid Axles as well as Independent.

    Dana_Ranger_Bronco(2) (Small).JPG

    Pretty sure the Ranger will be independent, therefore the new Bronco will be too.
     
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    OK, so the Bronco will have essentially the same axles as a Wrangler--instead of better axles...

    This is an improvement over Explorer hardware, but my Bronco has a Ford nine-inch in back--the greatest axles/differentials ever. Mine is fifty-years-old and has needed straightening a few times--but pieces of it aren't out on the trails somewhere. The ring gear in a nine-inch is stronger than the ring gear in a GM fourteen-bolt, and the complete housing, differential, and axles weigh over two hundred pounds less than the assembled fourteen-inch.

    Score one for the original Broncos of '66 through '77!!

    In the "Rebuild the 1966 Versus Purchase a 2020" conflict, the '66 takes the early lead. But it's a long race to the finish line...
     
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    Well, Salisbury manufactured the rear differentials in Cobra 427s, and that's encouraging if Salisbury is called upon for Bronco differentials!
     
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    If you listen to the webcast you'll discover a lot of assumptions are being made as there have been no concrete details leaked on the specifics of the suspension design. It can be assumed by virtue of the body configuration that there will be a solid rear axle, that much we can be for certain.
     
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    I would assume the front axle would be independent.
     
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    Bronco and Ranger can share a platform without having the same axles. People sometimes overestimate how much is shared between models when they're on the same platform. It doesnt necessarily have to be a lot.
     
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    #12 Bronco_CA, Jan 28, 2017
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    This is spot on. It would actually be cheaper to make the Bronco with a SFA than IFS. We'll know for sure when the first prototypes get to rolling around.
     
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    Why would it be cheaper? (serious question). I would assume they could use the same IFS, share development/engineering costs and save from economies of scale with using the same basic suspension setup between Ranger and Bronco, no?
     
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    I think he probably means that solid axles are less complex and cheaper to produce and implement than independent suspension?
     
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    Question: does Ford currently use a solid front axle on any of its SUV's and trucks that can be used for the next Bronco?
     
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    This...

    Bingo. IFS is a more complex suspension design and thus more costly to engineer and manufacture.
     
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    LOL, probably from the fourth sentence. I'll c&p it for you :
    It means the midsize and body-on-frame Bronco in 2020 -- like the current and next-generation Jeep Wrangler -- will have Dana solid axles front and rear.
    It means the midsize and body-on-frame Bronco in 2020 -- like the current and next-generation Jeep Wrangler -- will have Dana solid axles front and rear.
    It means the midsize and body-on-frame Bronco in 2020 -- like the current and next-generation Jeep Wrangler -- will have Dana solid axles front and rear.
    It means the midsize and body-on-frame Bronco in 2020 -- like the current and next-generation Jeep Wrangler -- will have Dana solid axles front and rear.
    It means the midsize and body-on-frame Bronco in 2020 -- like the current and next-generation Jeep Wrangler -- will have Dana solid axles front and rear.
    It means the midsize and body-on-frame Bronco in 2020 -- like the current and next-generation Jeep Wrangler -- will have .........
    Dana solid axles front and rear. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    This is great news I can only hope it'll be solid axle in the front and not independent.
     
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    I think the issue is that that is automotive news's own conclusion based on Dana stating that the next Bronco/Ranger will have "front and rear axles featuring our latest AdvanTEK gear technology."

    As someone else said above, Dana's Spicer axles featuring the AdvanTek gearing are for both solid and independent axles. I think Auto news just decided that was enough to call it solid axles all around.
     

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