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Took a long weekend and headed out to Colorado to do some relaxing. Got to see alot of on-road sites and was able to spend a little time off road.

Before the Bronco my extent of off roading was mudding in some fields during high school. One of the main reasons I got the Bronco was to be able to explore more and enjoy top off riding with my girls.

We ran some short trails in the four mile area by Buena Vista. That was a nice simple introduction. Then on our way out of the mountains we stopped in Montezuma and ran up Webster Pass. Nothing was too extreme and outside of the steep angle could have probably been done in 2wd. The switchbacks going up to the pass were fun and a good Introduction to basic ledge roads. I have the 7MT and it drove so easy. Kept it in C, 1st or 2nd most of the time depending on 4H vs 4L. Tons of torque and drove easily through everything. The hill start assist is also very nice. On the way down I could not make one of the switchbacks in one turn and needed to stop and back up. Was nice to feel no roll of the bronco until the clutch was ~50% engaged.

Overall it was a ton of fun and just makes me want to go out more!

One note on the 2.3, it can be quite the dog at elevation. Once we got up high, in regular driving it wouldn't get out of the way of a snail unless it was over 2500 rpm. If the turbo wasnt spinning you didnt move at all. Not being from the mountains I had to make sure I was 1-2 gears down from where I thought I should be to just drive around, even casual driving.

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Shortness of breath at higher elevations is one reason I opted for the 2.7. Looks like you had an enjoyable first outing.

Lookout Mountain outside of Golden, while paved is a nice drive also.
 

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Great pics! Sounds like you had a good time too. Congrats and jeep on truckin.
 

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Took a long weekend and headed out to Colorado to do some relaxing. Got to see alot of on-road sites and was able to spend a little time off road.

Before the Bronco my extent of off roading was mudding in some fields during high school. One of the main reasons I got the Bronco was to be able to explore more and enjoy top off riding with my girls.

We ran some short trails in the four mile area by Buena Vista. That was a nice simple introduction. Then on our way out of the mountains we stopped in Montezuma and ran up Webster Pass. Nothing was too extreme and outside of the steep angle could have probably been done in 2wd. The switchbacks going up to the pass were fun and a good Introduction to basic ledge roads. I have the 7MT and it drove so easy. Kept it in C, 1st or 2nd most of the time depending on 4H vs 4L. Tons of torque and drove easily through everything. The hill start assist is also very nice. On the way down I could not make one of the switchbacks in one turn and needed to stop and back up. Was nice to feel no roll of the bronco until the clutch was ~50% engaged.

Overall it was a ton of fun and just makes me want to go out more!

One note on the 2.3, it can be quite the dog at elevation. Once we got up high, in regular driving it wouldn't get out of the way of a snail unless it was over 2500 rpm. If the turbo wasnt spinning you didnt move at all. Not being from the mountains I had to make sure I was 1-2 gears down from where I thought I should be to just drive around, even casual driving.

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A whole new generation of off road enthusiasts is being born with the introduction of the sixth. generation Bronco. For those of us who have enjoyed these mountains, trails, and streams for decades, we got our first joy of the outdoors in those early 60's and 70's Broncos.

Congratulations on your new Bronco and the discovery of an experience impossible without an exploration of some of the places you showed us in your pictures.

It's a long wait, there are many trials, and the frustration is tangible for thousands who still wait for their Broncos. The good news is, they are coming, and it will be worth it when the key fob is handed to you that first time.
 

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If you are ever in the Cripple Creek/Victor, CO. area, DO NOT take Shelf Road south.!! Wait a minute…..you have a new Bronco…..be SURE to take Shelf Road.! :D
 

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Took a long weekend and headed out to Colorado to do some relaxing. Got to see alot of on-road sites and was able to spend a little time off road.

Before the Bronco my extent of off roading was mudding in some fields during high school. One of the main reasons I got the Bronco was to be able to explore more and enjoy top off riding with my girls.

We ran some short trails in the four mile area by Buena Vista. That was a nice simple introduction. Then on our way out of the mountains we stopped in Montezuma and ran up Webster Pass. Nothing was too extreme and outside of the steep angle could have probably been done in 2wd. The switchbacks going up to the pass were fun and a good Introduction to basic ledge roads. I have the 7MT and it drove so easy. Kept it in C, 1st or 2nd most of the time depending on 4H vs 4L. Tons of torque and drove easily through everything. The hill start assist is also very nice. On the way down I could not make one of the switchbacks in one turn and needed to stop and back up. Was nice to feel no roll of the bronco until the clutch was ~50% engaged.

Overall it was a ton of fun and just makes me want to go out more!

One note on the 2.3, it can be quite the dog at elevation. Once we got up high, in regular driving it wouldn't get out of the way of a snail unless it was over 2500 rpm. If the turbo wasnt spinning you didnt move at all. Not being from the mountains I had to make sure I was 1-2 gears down from where I thought I should be to just drive around, even casual driving.

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Those are some awesome pics - looks like a great day! Nice looking bd.

What are your thoughts on the 2.3 / manual combination generally? Are you happy with it in day to day driving?
 
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Those are some awesome pics - looks like a great day! Nice looking bd.

What are your thoughts on the 2.3 / manual combination generally? Are you happy with it in day to day driving?
For day to day driving I think the 2.3/MT does pretty good. It's never going to be a sports car but if you put it in sport mode and increase the RPMs of your shift points, I feel like it is plenty responsive.

I can't remember what thread but I saw it on here a month or 2 ago. He said it if 2500-3000 rpm on the low side and wait to shift until 5k, there is plenty of power and snap. I agree with that. Just need to keep the turbo spinning.
 
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A whole new generation of off road enthusiasts is being born with the introduction of the sixth. generation Bronco. For those of us who have enjoyed these mountains, trails, and streams for decades, we got our first joy of the outdoors in those early 60's and 70's Broncos.

Congratulations on your new Bronco and the discovery of an experience impossible without an exploration of some of the places you showed us in your pictures.

It's a long wait, there are many trials, and the frustration is tangible for thousands who still wait for their Broncos. The good news is, they are coming, and it will be worth it when the key fob is handed to you that first time.
We got lucky and did not have as long of wait as everyone else but it was well worth it. My wife's dad had a bronco while she was growing up so she had some memories of cruising around in one. We went back and forth on whether we should spend the money on this. It's not cheap.... as soon as we got to the Alpine growth area and started to climb the switchbacks to the top we both agreed it was 100% the right thing to do. We have always liked what you can see and explore out west but have a greater appreciation now. Working to figure out how to get a few trips in next season!
 
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Shortness of breath at higher elevations is one reason I opted for the 2.7. Looks like you had an enjoyable first outing.

Lookout Mountain outside of Golden, while paved is a nice drive also.
If I lived higher in the mountains I would probably go with the 2.7 as well. You almost need need to start in crawl mode if you need to get moving quickly. I just remember we had to cross traffic to make a left from a stop. I was in 1st and sport mode. Felt like I was driving thru quick sand as we just crawled across the road until the turbo spooled. Thought we had plenty of room. Ended up being much closer than I wanted.
 

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If I lived higher in the mountains I would probably go with the 2.7 as well. You almost need need to start in crawl mode if you need to get moving quickly. I just remember we had to cross traffic to make a left from a stop. I was in 1st and sport mode. Felt like I was driving thru quick sand as we just crawled across the road until the turbo spooled. Thought we had plenty of room. Ended up being much closer than I wanted.
Personally I prefer superchargers over turbos. I had 3 Pontiac 3800 SC powered vehicles at one time or another. However the twin turbos on our BMW X4 and on its predecessor 535 are pretty responsive
 

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I have the 2.3L in my Ranger. Check the factory dyno.. Before your turbo spools, your engine is putting out ~60-75HP. At elevation, its even less.. The 2.7 will do a bit better in this situation due to the second turbo. Great example of the benefits of a NA engine, although they also suck at elevation.
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VERY nice photos. I should be getting my Bronco the end of next month if there are no more surprises (Blend date of 10/01). I look forward to seeing you guys out there.
 

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For future knowledge at elevation or slow rock crawling its always best to keep it in 4 low. This makes things much easier on all of your equipment, clutch, engine tranny etc. Plus way less braking going back down.
I was wheeling with a buddy for the second year, both of us in JK's. Mine is a standard trans his is an auto. He says to me "jeez how do you keep your from overheating". We were thinking something was wrong with his cooling system until I realized he was always wheeling in 2 high. I'm like "WTF" he says well I didn't need 4 WD because the traction is pretty good (Moab) LMFAO. I explained that it's not the traction you really need,...It's the gear reduction. So he tried it in 4 low and wouldn't you know. No over heating issues ever again. Rookies!! ;)
 

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Welcome to Colorado. I grew up at 9000 feet in Conifer. You get used to the elevation and some maps for the 2.3.
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