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Bought Frankie back in early June off the dealer lot. She wasn't quite what I was looking for (not an exact option match), but close enough :)

Spent June mostly figuring out how I wanted to build her out, and began ordering the parts. Most things arrived in July, and finished most of my build then, with most of the rest getting finished in August (minus the ditch and rock lights which I finished up last Friday).

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230905_111408056.MP-01~2
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230905_111506372-01~2


What's been added (in order):

RTR Spare Tire Carrier
RTR Adjustable Tailgate Stop (later removed)
Fab Fours Premium Rear Bumper
Trailrax Modular Roof Rack with Pak Rax
ARB Summit Bumper
Aluminum Front Roll Bar Grab Handles
Aluminum Rear Roll Bar Grab Handles
Expedition One Trail Series Rocker Guards
Rigid Rock Lights
JcrOffroad Ditch Light Brackets
Mountains2Metal Tailgate Range Limiter

New stuff:
Fox 2.5 Performance Elite Series DSC Coilovers - 500lb/in eibach front springs; 250lb/in eibach rear springs
JBA Offroad Upper Control Arms
Falken Wildpeak R/T tires (LT315/70R17 D)

And of course the maxtrax, rotopax (3 gallon btw.. so 6 total, the Pak Rax is great), & hi-lift jack (and Agency6 Jack Handle Keeper just because).
I'll get into specifics about everything added (and the problems had) in later posts.

Biggest thing I have left to do with it is get the springs and I guess shocks changed on it. It's a good amount of extra weight. Been Looking at the Old Man Emu kits, and will most likely go that route unless something else seems like a better idea within the next month.

Few more walk around shots from this morning (behind my office), I'll try and add some more after it gets darker .. at this point, as much as I've been out with it (have 5k on it now), I really haven't taken many pictures of it at all other than some shots for like before and after of ride height and me trying to figure out where to place the rock lights.

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230905_111527572.MP-01~2


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230905_111351816-01


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230905_111426397-01~2

My FJ peeking into that one..

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230905_111448285-01 (1)


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230905_111548131.MP-01~2


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230905_111527572.MP-01~2



Night shots!

First up... fun shot of the lights overwhelming my phone's camera sensor:
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_005239711



The driving lights, ditch lights, light bar and scene lights (on the back) all have amber backlights. Decided on amber because I felt like it was the color I was least likely to get grief during a traffic stop about :) Went with the amber rock lights just to have things match.

The backlights are all hooked (via a relay) to the parking/marker light circuit. So they just cut on whenever the marking lights would be on.

The rock lights are wired up to an upfitter switch, and also to the mirror puddle lights (via a relay) .. so I can turn them on whenever.. .but they'll also come on when unlocking the bronco or opening a door. Couple other things about the rock lights... I drilled holes for mounting them in the fender liners (pulled the liners out, drilled the holes I needed, mounted the lights.. put plugs in a few places to make it easier if I (or anyone else) ever needed to pull them out or the liners out or whatever). Didn't want to drill a hole in the frame or the rock sliders for the middle set of lights.. .so ended up rigging them up with magnets (got magnets with a hole in the middle, used the rubber mounts that came with the lights and found a good way to get the angle I needed on the lights, while also mounting the magnets to the rubber with a bolt ... I'm not sure I'll ever be able to get them off the frame lol... they hold really really well).
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_004941538

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_005101536


The rear scene lights, light bar, ditch lights, and driving lights are all hooked to upfitter switches. The fog lights are hooked to the original fog light wires, so just turn on with the existing fog light button. When wiring the lights on the roof rack, I did something similar to what I saw in a video by the Heretic Studio guys ... so didn't end up drilling a hole, just routed things through the weather striping (mostly). I was using a larger cable (3 wire: 1 for light bar, one for rear pods, one for back light on both .. ground was a shorter wire that didn't have to go all they way back to the engine area), but it worked out pretty well.

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_005618484

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_005541611


Last, some drivers eye view shots

Low beams (plus fog)
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010636736


High beams
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010641344


High beams + Ditch lights
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010646546


High beams + Ditch lights + Drive lights
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010651261.MP


High beams + Ditch lights + Drive lights + Light bar
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416
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Bought Frankie back in early June off the dealer lot. She wasn't quite what I was looking for (not an exact option match), but close enough :)

Spent June mostly figuring out how I wanted to build her out, and began ordering the parts. Most things arrived in July, and finished most of my build then, with most of the rest getting finished in August (minus the ditch and rock lights which I finished up last Friday).

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


What's been added (in order):

RTR Spare Tire Carrier
RTR Adjustable Tailgate Stop (later removed)
Fab Fours Premium Rear Bumper
Trailrax Modular Roof Rack with Pak Rax
ARB Summit Bumper
Aluminum Front Roll Bar Grab Handles
Aluminum Rear Roll Bar Grab Handles
Expedition One Trail Series Rocker Guards
Rigid Rock Lights
JcrOffroad Ditch Light Brackets
Mountains2Metal Tailgate Range Limiter

And of course the maxtrax, rotopax (3 gallon btw.. so 6 total, the Pak Rax is great), & hi-lift jack (and Agency6 Jack Handle Keeper just because).
I'll get into specifics about everything added (and the problems had) in later posts.

Biggest thing I have left to do with it is get the springs and I guess shocks changed on it. It's a good amount of extra weight. Been Looking at the Old Man Emu kits, and will most likely go that route unless something else seems like a better idea within the next month.

Few more walk around shots from this morning (behind my office), I'll try and add some more after it gets darker .. at this point, as much as I've been out with it (have 5k on it now), I really haven't taken many pictures of it at all other than some shots for like before and after of ride height and me trying to figure out where to place the rock lights.

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416

My FJ peeking into that one..

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416



Night shots!

First up... fun shot of the lights overwhelming my phone's camera sensor:
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416



The driving lights, ditch lights, light bar and scene lights (on the back) all have amber backlights. Decided on amber because I felt like it was the color I was least likely to get grief during a traffic stop about :) Went with the amber rock lights just to have things match.

The backlights are all hooked (via a relay) to the parking/marker light circuit. So they just cut on whenever the marking lights would be on.

The rock lights are wired up to an upfitter switch, and also to the mirror puddle lights (via a relay) .. so I can turn them on whenever.. .but they'll also come on when unlocking the bronco or opening a door. Couple other things about the rock lights... I drilled holes for mounting them in the fender liners (pulled the liners out, drilled the holes I needed, mounted the lights.. put plugs in a few places to make it easier if I (or anyone else) ever needed to pull them out or the liners out or whatever). Didn't want to drill a hole in the frame or the rock sliders for the middle set of lights.. .so ended up rigging them up with magnets (got magnets with a hole in the middle, used the rubber mounts that came with the lights and found a good way to get the angle I needed on the lights, while also mounting the magnets to the rubber with a bolt ... I'm not sure I'll ever be able to get them off the frame lol... they hold really really well).
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


The rear scene lights, light bar, ditch lights, and driving lights are all hooked to upfitter switches. The fog lights are hooked to the original fog light wires, so just turn on with the existing fog light button. When wiring the lights on the roof rack, I did something similar to what I saw in a video by the Heretic Studio guys ... so didn't end up drilling a hole, just routed things through the weather striping (mostly). I was using a larger cable (3 wire: 1 for light bar, one for rear pods, one for back light on both .. ground was a shorter wire that didn't have to go all they way back to the engine area), but it worked out pretty well.

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


Last, some drivers eye view shots

Low beams (plus fog)
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


High beams
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


High beams + Ditch lights
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


High beams + Ditch lights + Drive lights
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


High beams + Ditch lights + Drive lights + Light bar
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416
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You may need to add air bags if you add much more.... 47,000 lights + a tank front bumper + roof rack + all the overlanding gear,...

All joking aside, you probably do need to pay close attention to your GVWR, I would imagine you have to be getting close-ish.
 
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You may need to add air bags if you add much more.... 47,000 lights + a tank front bumper + roof rack + all the overlanding gear,...

All joking aside, you probably do need to pay close attention to your GVWR, I would imagine you have to be getting close-ish.
My guesstimate is I've added about 500 lbs of attached weight. I definitely need to upgrade the springs. Been looking at ARB/OME for that.. but don't really want to replace the existing shocks... so looking at other options as well. Will get that figured out this month.

Also I guess worth mentioning.. I won't be attaching anything permanent in the cargo area of the bronco.. I added drawers and some other things to the FJ I have, but in the end it just ate a lot of cargo space that I'd rather have available when I need it. Going with hard cases for my gear (recovery, kitchen, photography, etc) .. which is also nice because I can put them in the back or throw them on the roof rack and strap them down. Have thought about some of the roof rack specific cases (with the mount that they just hook into), but I keep deciding against them for a similar sort of reason, I want more flexibility and having the mounts in the way would limit what else I might need to put up there. I won't be going the rooftop tent route.. I do like them.. but sorta restrictive. Right now it's just a regular ground tent.. if I get fancy I might rent a teardrop on occasion... if I do that enough maybe I'll buy one.
 
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Bought Frankie back in early June off the dealer lot. She wasn't quite what I was looking for (not an exact option match), but close enough :)

Spent June mostly figuring out how I wanted to build her out, and began ordering the parts. Most things arrived in July, and finished most of my build then, with most of the rest getting finished in August (minus the ditch and rock lights which I finished up last Friday).

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


What's been added (in order):

RTR Spare Tire Carrier
RTR Adjustable Tailgate Stop (later removed)
Fab Fours Premium Rear Bumper
Trailrax Modular Roof Rack with Pak Rax
ARB Summit Bumper
Aluminum Front Roll Bar Grab Handles
Aluminum Rear Roll Bar Grab Handles
Expedition One Trail Series Rocker Guards
Rigid Rock Lights
JcrOffroad Ditch Light Brackets
Mountains2Metal Tailgate Range Limiter

And of course the maxtrax, rotopax (3 gallon btw.. so 6 total, the Pak Rax is great), & hi-lift jack (and Agency6 Jack Handle Keeper just because).
I'll get into specifics about everything added (and the problems had) in later posts.

Biggest thing I have left to do with it is get the springs and I guess shocks changed on it. It's a good amount of extra weight. Been Looking at the Old Man Emu kits, and will most likely go that route unless something else seems like a better idea within the next month.

Few more walk around shots from this morning (behind my office), I'll try and add some more after it gets darker .. at this point, as much as I've been out with it (have 5k on it now), I really haven't taken many pictures of it at all other than some shots for like before and after of ride height and me trying to figure out where to place the rock lights.

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416

My FJ peeking into that one..

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416



Night shots!

First up... fun shot of the lights overwhelming my phone's camera sensor:
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416



The driving lights, ditch lights, light bar and scene lights (on the back) all have amber backlights. Decided on amber because I felt like it was the color I was least likely to get grief during a traffic stop about :) Went with the amber rock lights just to have things match.

The backlights are all hooked (via a relay) to the parking/marker light circuit. So they just cut on whenever the marking lights would be on.

The rock lights are wired up to an upfitter switch, and also to the mirror puddle lights (via a relay) .. so I can turn them on whenever.. .but they'll also come on when unlocking the bronco or opening a door. Couple other things about the rock lights... I drilled holes for mounting them in the fender liners (pulled the liners out, drilled the holes I needed, mounted the lights.. put plugs in a few places to make it easier if I (or anyone else) ever needed to pull them out or the liners out or whatever). Didn't want to drill a hole in the frame or the rock sliders for the middle set of lights.. .so ended up rigging them up with magnets (got magnets with a hole in the middle, used the rubber mounts that came with the lights and found a good way to get the angle I needed on the lights, while also mounting the magnets to the rubber with a bolt ... I'm not sure I'll ever be able to get them off the frame lol... they hold really really well).
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


The rear scene lights, light bar, ditch lights, and driving lights are all hooked to upfitter switches. The fog lights are hooked to the original fog light wires, so just turn on with the existing fog light button. When wiring the lights on the roof rack, I did something similar to what I saw in a video by the Heretic Studio guys ... so didn't end up drilling a hole, just routed things through the weather striping (mostly). I was using a larger cable (3 wire: 1 for light bar, one for rear pods, one for back light on both .. ground was a shorter wire that didn't have to go all they way back to the engine area), but it worked out pretty well.

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


Last, some drivers eye view shots

Low beams (plus fog)
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


High beams
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


High beams + Ditch lights
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


High beams + Ditch lights + Drive lights
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416


High beams + Ditch lights + Drive lights + Light bar
Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230906_010655416
Those night shots are sick!!!! esp the High beams + Ditch lights + Drive lights + Light bar
 

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great work!
the ARB summit bumper has been on the top of my list for awhile.
How do you like it? does it interfere with the front camera at all?
 

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Looks good. If youre going to overland those rotopax will definitely get used.
Yeah, not as much as they did on my fj (mileage on the fj kinda blows), but definitely used.
 
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great work!
the ARB summit bumper has been on the top of my list for awhile.
How do you like it? does it interfere with the front camera at all?
I really like the bumper, solid. Have a summit bumper on my fj (prior owner had added it) which definitely influenced my decision :). My wife likes it as well and wonders why there are all these naked broncos out there :)

The license plate and winch hook will show up in your front camera view. I don't think it really interferes with what you need to see, but it's definitely there.. I'll get a picture.

Other Considerations:

Weighs a ton, especially after mounting the winch. You will need to upgrade the springs if you want to get the ride height and handling back.

Definitely order a camera cable extension to make hooking up the camera in its new spot easier and to give you more options for cable routing.

When mounting the bumper, if you've got something like a warn 10 winch in it, you'll have to put the winch in first.. but then take it loose to slide to the side so you can get to at least one of the bumper mounting bolts.

Use all the spacers provided if you don't want to trim part of the trim around the grill.. even then you might need to. Some tape around the edges of the spacers to keep them kinda lined up (easier to put the bolts through).. this will also help with the winch wiring potentially as it might be pressing pretty hard up against the bronco

The install is a multi day job (if you don't know what you're doing like me) and you'll need at least one other person to help mount it. We ended up also using a floor jack with a roto pax on it to give it some extra lift lol.. kinda stupid, but worked great. Was able to balance the bumper so one person could hold it and move it and the other could work on getting the bolts in.

There's more I'm forgetting for sure.
 
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I really like the bumper, solid. Have a summit bumper on my fj (prior owner had added it) which definitely influenced my decision :). My wife likes it as well and wonders why there are all these naked broncos out there :)

The license plate and winch hook will show up in your front camera view. I don't think it really interferes with what you need to see, but it's definitely there.. I'll get a picture.

Other Considerations:

Weighs a ton, especially after mounting the winch. You will need to upgrade the springs if you want to get the ride height and handling back.

Definitely order a camera cable extension to make hooking up the camera in its new spot easier and to give you more options for cable routing.

When mounting the bumper, if you've got something like a warn 10 winch in it, you'll have to put the winch in first.. but then take it loose to slide to the side so you can get to at least one of the bumper mounting bolts.

Use all the spacers provided if you don't want to trim part of the trim around the grill.. even then you might need to. Some tape around the edges of the spacers to keep them kinda lined up (easier to put the bolts through).. this will also help with the winch wiring potentially as it might be pressing pretty hard up against the bronco

The install is a multi day job (if you don't know what you're doing like me) and you'll need at least one other person to help mount it. We ended up also using a floor jack with a roto pax on it to give it some extra lift lol.. kinda stupid, but worked great. Was able to balance the bumper so one person could hold it and move it and the other could work on getting the bolts in.

There's more I'm forgetting for sure.
I hope relocating the camera didnt cause too many issues, especially with the imaging. Right now, the top down 360 views mesh perfectly with each other. I am looking at getting a badlands apex 12000 winch, but will be waiting till i have more jingle in my pocket. Yours looks perfectly leveled, which springs/spacers did you end up using?
 
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great work!
the ARB summit bumper has been on the top of my list for awhile.
How do you like it? does it interfere with the front camera at all?
Some camera pics

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230907_113931270


These next two are to give you an idea of how close you can get to something before the bottom of it disappears.

Ford Bronco "Frankie" Overlanding Build - 2023 Bronco Wildtrak - Area 51 4 door hardtop PXL_20230907_114333320

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