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This is exactly what I’ll do when I get my bronco. I’ve driven from WA to FL, FL to WA, and VA to WA In my Honda Element pulling a Small trailer. Fourth cross country trip -I hope- is in my bronco next year. Glad to see someone test on a coast-to-coast trek (y)

 

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I’ll be taking my FE from NYC to Seattle whenever I’m able to take delivery. Very jealous of your trip!
 

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Unfortunately I think this is going to be a common problem :(
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Won't ever be as big a problem as it is on Jeeps. Jeeps windshields are practically vertical and they just crack instead of chipping. Pretty much a yearly process when you own a Jeep. Live in a place like I do where they sand the roads in winter and it is guaranteed!
 

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yes it does .... have had similar on other trucks, thats why i added it to my Bronco .
Check your gas mileage before and after. Depending on the vehicle they can add a lot of drag. Ford does own a wind tunnel and modern cars spend a lot of time there. I had a light bar on my Rubi and it whistled for 6 months until I could get positioned right and added support to the LED cooling fins which were doing the vibrating. Also my dad put one on a 1979 Bonneville. Was so bad you thought it was trying to tear the hood off. Bonny did not like it at all.
 

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Check your gas mileage before and after. Depending on the vehicle they can add a lot of drag. Ford does own a wind tunnel and modern cars spend a lot of time there. I had a light bar on my Rubi and it whistled for 6 months until I could get positioned right and added support to the LED cooling fins which were doing the vibrating. Also my dad put one on a 1979 Bonneville. Was so bad you thought it was trying to tear the hood off. Bonny did not like it at all.
The Bronco is very square so aerodynamically speaking its horrible to start with as far as mpg goes .... the protector with a lip actually flows some of the air over the roof so inadvertently it helps the mpg by reducing the frontal air dam at the windshield ..... but whatever gain or loss in mpg is negligible!

With a vehicle shaped like the Bronco driving habits is what determines MPG, if you're concerned about it.
 

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get one of these hood protectors installed .... (not the smooth ones but the ones with a lip on it) at speed it creates an upward air flow that pushes most bugs over the roof.

the vertical windshield is a bug magnet and the first 2 weeks the glass was peppered with dead bugs .... installed a protector and i can see the results now on the 3rd week .... night n day

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Thanks for this post - It's people like you that make me spend more money on accessories before my Bronco arrives!!!

I'm kidding of course. I do appreciate this. I was just looking at both this one and the flat one, and now you've convinced me that the one with the lip is the way to go. Thank you!
 

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Supposedly the moisture in the lights is normal. At least what I've seen posted somewhere here before. Pics look great btw. I have been debating on planning a long roadtrip from GA to UT and glad to hear it handled it so well.
I miss the days of sealed beam headlights, far superior in every way. Moisture and fogging over is always a problem.
 

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What was your highway average....any idea? I assume you encountered the crazy bugs in some areas at night...our cars front grill was black from driving through them.
 
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What was your highway average....any idea? I assume you encountered the crazy bugs in some areas at night...our cars front grill was black from driving through them.
Normal mode it averaged about 17.5 and eco mode bumped it up to about 18mpg. I had my cruise control set anywhere between 70-80 mph most of the trip.
 

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I drove it like normal and i plan on getting the oil changed this week. The oil life monitor still shows 71% life but i would feel better getting it done after such a long trip. I filled up with 93 when the gas stations had it but most of it was 91. Not sure why those Midwest states didn’t have 93 and i havnt seen it in Washington either.
Do Bronco's require that level of octane? My F150 only requires 87. I have the 2.7. Also surprised at the 17-18 mpg you averaged. I get 23 mpg highway in my truck.
 
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Do Bronco's require that level of octane? My F150 only requires 87. I have the 2.7. Also surprised at the 17-18 mpg you averaged. I get 23 mpg highway in my truck.
Honestly I’m not sure what the minimum octane requirement is. I’m sure i don’t need to run premium but it helps.
 

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Supposedly the moisture in the lights is normal. At least what I've seen posted somewhere here before. Pics look great btw. I have been debating on planning a long roadtrip from GA to UT and glad to hear it handled it so well.
I'm curious. Why would that be normal?
 

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Are there any real world reports of the fuel economy for a stock Badlands 4-door?
 

 
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