Battlefield Ford (VA) Bronco Event - Impressions

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My wife and I went to the Battlefield Ford Bronco event in Manassas, VA today. The same two Broncos that were in Richmond yesterday were there, an Iconic Silver Badlands with Lux and optional wheels, and an Antimatter Blue Black Diamond with Sasquatch. Both were 4 doors.

Our impressions and takeaways:

1) Overall impressions. Loved the Bronco. The 4 door is perfect. Looks amazing in person. I was overall blown away by how much I liked it. My wife did too, who basically didn't know the difference between the Bronco and the Sport before today. With doors and without, it was great looking. It looked tough and well proportioned. I had been rethinking the 4 door a little bit, but this sealed it for me and the 4 door. It is the right size and look for me.

2) Sasquatch v. Badlands. Get Sasquatch. Sitting next to each other, the Sasquatched truck looks MUCH better. Much more impressive. It just looks perfect. The Ford accessory rep made the comment that it looked a lot more than the difference of 2 inches in tire size, and I agree. This truck looks awesome on 35s. The Badlands looked good....the Sasquatch BD looked great. Amazing.

3) Interior. Solid and appropriate. Both were MGV interiors. The seats are soft and comfortable, but will never be mistaken for leather. They do feel thinner than boat seats, but boat seats typically have much firmer padding (the ones I have been on at least), so maybe that's it, but I worry about durability and dogs claws. The wash out floors were great looking. Much better quality than the rubber floors in my FJ, and they had padding and give. Very nice floors.

4) Colors. AMB is better than Silver. Antimatter Blue looked great in person. Fantastic. I apologize for my comment yesterday to the Clemson fan who claimed it was the best color available, and I said it was horrible on Bronco. That may be the first time a Clemson fan has ever been right that I can remember. It was a really good color in the sunlight. It will show scratches badly, and thus I won't switch, but it it is very cool. The Iconic SIlver was just plain and to me, boring silver. If your priority is not showing scratches: get it (or white). If not, skip it.

5) Sasquatch Suspension had 1" more lift than Badlands. I measured 3 times from hub to first metal on the front fender. I know this goes against common thought, but I was careful and deliberate with measuring. The Badlands had a 2.3 and the BD Sas had a 2.7, and maybe they use a stiffer spring with the 2.7...not sure. But it had a taller lift by an inch.

6) The soft tops were of very nice quality. I can't get over the ridiculous wrinkled windows, but the tops looked nice.

7) Grills. The BD Grill is better looking than the Badlands Grill. Anyone in VA want to switch when we get ours? I know I am in the minority on this one...so I think I'll be able to find someone to switch with. It is tougher looking.

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I was there today and agree 100% with your assessment/impressions. I was blown away with AMB and how good it looked in the sunlight. And you can't unsee the Sasquatch next to the Badlands. Sasquatch package just makes the truck.
 

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I am going to the event at Sheehy ford Thursday, I am hoping they have both of these so I can see first hand the difference between the 33's and 35's. I am buying a manual and the debate to wait for the sasquatch was a tough one for me so I am hoping when I see them both I will know I made the right decision.
 
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I am going to the event at Sheehy ford Thursday, I am hoping they have both of these so I can see first hand the difference between the 33's and 35's. I am buying a manual and the debate to wait for the sasquatch was a tough one for me so I am hoping when I see them both I will know I made the right decision.
I think it’s the same two Broncos coming based on what the staff said about their schedule.
 

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The windows are wrinkled because they keep folding the damn tops back with the windows on. That is a big no no.
 

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Thanks for the post and pics. Super psyched for the BL sas!
 

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A few more pics...the fact that I have to wait another year or so is killing me...

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Yikes!! That double folded soft top is atrocious. As much as people used to complain about the MIC top before they darkened the color to match the flares I'll take that any day over this... But in the summer I expect to run a Bimini or similar aftermarket anyway.
 
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I was there too. 4-door looked amazing! Has me second guessing my 2-door order...
 

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I am going to the event at Sheehy ford Thursday, I am hoping they have both of these so I can see first hand the difference between the 33's and 35's. I am buying a manual and the debate to wait for the sasquatch was a tough one for me so I am hoping when I see them both I will know I made the right decision.
I'm in the same spot. Didn't want to wait so I ordered a manual Badlands. Just trying to figure out what I need to do now to get the Sasq look.
 

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5) Sasquatch Suspension had 1" more lift than Badlands. I measured 3 times from hub to first metal on the front fender. I know this goes against common thought, but I was careful and deliberate with measuring. The Badlands had a 2.3 and the BD Sas had a 2.7, and maybe they use a stiffer spring with the 2.7...not sure. But it had a taller lift by an inch.
Thanks for the info and measurements. It's been tough getting a solid measure of the suspension lift, without other factors such as tire diameter intruding. Your method is helpful by focusing on the axle to metal body comparison.

I have a viewing scheduled for later this month, and if allowed I will try and get a measure of the underside distance from rear axle top to frame underside (without including bump stops since they reportedly vary) of the various models for comparison.
 

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great info, thanks for sharing

that BD looks great, really makes me rethink AMB
 

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3) Interior. Solid and appropriate. Both were MGV interiors. The seats are soft and comfortable, but will never be mistaken for leather. They do feel thinner than boat seats, but boat seats typically have much firmer padding (the ones I have been on at least), so maybe that's it, but I worry about durability and dogs claws. The wash out floors were great looking. Much better quality than the rubber floors in my FJ, and they had padding and give. Very nice floors.
Thanks for the write-up. As a fellow FJ owner, how did the driver seat /space compare to the FJ? The FJ is pretty spacious up front IMO. Not sure how tall/big you are but did you notice a lack of shoulder room or elbow room that others have mentioned?
 
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