Best part of 404 mogs, is where they put the tie rods, behind axle. Even sleeved, pretty much level with bottom of axle tube. The fact the bronco tie rods are also there, it's unlikely they were tagged by any rocks in this breakage.My Wife has mastered the art of bending even those on her JKU, as of this September she's up to a Wide Open Designs 1-3/4 Aluminum tie rod.. She hasn't bent that yet, but has only had one serious wheeling trip on it so far..
Mogs are such unique beasts, and that is just one of the many great design moves they made. I think the ubiquitous Dana axles that don't have that space right behind the pumpkin to tuck it up into like the Mog's axles are why more rigs aren't setup with the tie-rod to the back.Best part of 404 mogs, is where they put the tie rods, behind axle. Even sleeved, pretty much level with bottom of axle tube. The fact the bronco tie rods are also there, it's unlikely they were tagged by any rocks in this breakage.
This is why I went with the sasquatch package. I want 35s and I want a factory designed system not something that is modified outside of the design parameters. Perhaps Ford has simulated this type of impact on 33 inch tires with no issues. Moving to 37s could change a lot of angles and stress points.This is the owner's fault, not Ford's, the Bronco was not designed to take 37" tires from the factory. This was a stock Badlands, non-Sasquatch, the factory tires are 33" (285/70R17). Ford never said you could put 37" tires on a factory stock Bronco and not break things.
Should Ford consider strengthening the tie-rods in the future, maybe, but drive outside the limits of the design and you will break stuff, standard off-roading, pay to play.
From my understanding the only thing the Sas package adds over the Badlands is taller bump stops (less travel), spacer lift, removed crash bars and 4.7 gears. All the gear that has been breaking is the same. Following the design and buildup of the Bronco I would bet that their first plan was that all broncos would be 33s and that was the design. After testing and marketing pushed them they added the SAS package for stats. I have a hard time thinking you would on purpose remove things like the crash bars. The Sas package at first was not going to allow you the sway bar disco either. The way the fenders are and that the tires do not stuff just seems like an afterthought.This is why I went with the sasquatch package. I want 35s and I want a factory designed system not something that is modified outside of the design parameters. Perhaps Ford has simulated this type of impact on 33 inch tires with no issues. Moving to 37s could change a lot of angles and stress points.
Right you are sir! I hang my head in shame!Hey, now… this is the Internet. That’s never stopped us before, and you can’t just change the rules on now!
NOS right here. Not bad when you don't have to upgrade anything.Right you are sir! I hang my head in shame!
yes Mog axles are incredible but they have become so expensive!
Didn’t someone post an Easter egg inside the fender that said Lift Me?
Wow great find! It was probably 15 years ago? when I was deciding to switch between D60/C14, Mogs or Rockwells and the Mogs were double to triple the other combos. I ended up D60 front and C14 rear and it has been a great combo but another in our group runs the Rockwells and yet another the mogs and for the clearance and built in lockers the mogs are just so much fun to watch!
Or buy a Wrangler . Seriously, I would be trading my extremely reliable 2012 Wrangler for a Bronco but there is no way I would off-road the Bronco the same way I did the Wrangler. It'll be more of a distance cruiser and to tow the boat.if you are looking for a specialty rock crawling vehicle, the prudent method would be to build a dedicated purpose vehicle. there is a reason for trailers...