Black Diamond vs Badlands

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Just sitting here wishing the 12 inch screen, 33,s & carb grey wheels were available on my BD build ...
Those three reasons are exactly why I went from wanting BD to BL. I want the bigger tires but I also do dig the look of the BD black steelies. But 12” screen and bigger tires are my main two pushes to go with BL.
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Those three reasons are exactly why I went from wanting BD to BL. I want the bigger tires but I also do dig the look of the BD black steelies. But 12” screen and bigger tires are my main two pushes to go with BL.
I have said it before, the steelies IMHO are the best looking of all wheels offered across all packages.
 

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Like someone stated above, you can break it down into specific needs vs wants and that will answer your question.
1. Budget$ How much can you afford or what is your top limit?

2. Needs? Front sway bar disconnect, Front & Rear Lockers, V-6 or 4, and how much creature comforts do you want - mid, high or Lux?

3. Wants?

The Bronco is going to plenty capable out of the box. Daily driver, Weekend off-roader, occasional over-lander.

???????

For me, so much of this vehicles capabilities is more want than Needs. However, I am going to go with as much capability as I can afford and some creature comforts to keep the misses happy!!! And, from there I will attempt to challenge this truck on the back trails and logging roads in NW Montana, within reason of course. After all, it will cost me upwards of $55K.
 

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how early is your reservation? Would hate for you to be ”stuck“ with the blue accented interior?

if only ...ahem...you knew someone...ahem....who might be looking at a blue 4 door BL.
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I was BD all fall until B&P came out. Reasons for change:

1. 33” tires with wheels I like (not a fan of steelies)
2. High package (12” screen and heated seats)
3. I didn’t like the two tone MGV
4. Resale value of a BL versus amped up BD

The difference was only $5k and sure, most of this can be done in the aftermarket. By the time I do that the price delta keep shrinking and I’m left without a 12” screen and a badge that isn’t as premium for resale. Assuming I love the Bronco, I’ll likely want to get a new one in 5 years or so. At that point, I think BL will pull a few $k more. And poof goes (most of) the price difference.
 

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To me the answer is simple. If you want mid (and thus presumably auto transmission) then the choice is Squatched BD or BL (because it makes no sense to get a hose out interior off-road er with bash plates and steel bumpers without getting the better front diff, suspension and lockers).

Since you have to Squatch the BD, you are at BL pricing anyway, so get a Badlands.
 

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And, from there I will attempt to challenge this truck on the back trails and logging roads in NW Montana, within reason of course. After all, it will cost me upwards of $55K.
Dang I'm jealous. Montana is on my bucket list! :love:
 

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To me the answer is simple. If you want mid (and thus presumably auto transmission) then the choice is Squatched BD or BL (because it makes no sense to get a hose out interior off-road er with bash plates and steel bumpers without getting the better front diff, suspension and lockers).

Since you have to Squatch the BD, you are at BL pricing anyway, so get a Badlands.
If anything, that makes the BD more appealing since getting it sasquatched is still cheaper.
 

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The flathead area is breathtaking...and you can’t beat hiking through glacier NP
It’s one of my favorite states...
Agreed, born and raised in Kalispell. All of the NW states are breath taking, MT, WA, OR, WY, ID.
If you are an avid outdoor person, the opportunities are endless with whatever your niche is.
 

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To me the answer is simple. If you want mid (and thus presumably auto transmission) then the choice is Squatched BD or BL (because it makes no sense to get a hose out interior off-road er with bash plates and steel bumpers without getting the better front diff, suspension and lockers).

Since you have to Squatch the BD, you are at BL pricing anyway, so get a Badlands.
I don't know how you get to the pricing being equal...with both 2.7/Mid/Squatch; then Badlands is $3250 more. I guess if you may be saying don't squatch the Badlands, but then the Badlands is still $755 more...with no 35s. Every time you see a Squatched Bronco, you will regret that move.
 

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Agreed, born and raised in Kalispell. All of the NW states are breath taking, MT, WA, OR, WY, ID.
If you are an avid outdoor person, the opportunities are endless with whatever your niche is.
I agree; I lived up in B-ham and down in Redmond for a spell. Now live in NM; which IMHO is a secret gem with many majestic mountains and ranges.
 

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I agree; I lived up in B-ham and down in Redmond for a spell. Now live in NM; which IMHO is a secret gem with many majestic mountains and ranges.
Totally agree with your statement. NM is an amazing state, has its own beauty with all the rock formations and mountains. And, great Elk hunting to boot!!!
 
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