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Trailering my Bronco and looking for the best location to secure the Bronco to the trailer. I have axle straps for the rear.
The front is where Im looking for input. Not sure if it’s safe to hook on to the lower part of the A arm in front? I know you don’t want to compress the suspension so the frame is out.

Looking up front there doesn’t seem to be many options. Tire basket over the front two tires?

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Tire basket if you have. I don't see an issue with using LCA's though.
 

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Typically you go for the a-arm. though some use the frame for the front on an IFS truck.

Pretty sure the only wrong way is to do a wheel basket in front and axle strap in the rear. (and Id say the bronco is a bit too big for wheel baskets on all 4 wheels)
 
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Typically you go for the a-arm. though some use the frame for the front on an IFS truck.

Pretty sure the only wrong way is to do a wheel basket in front and axle strap in the rear. (and Id say the bronco is a bit too big for wheel baskets on all 4 wheels)
thanks. I wasn’t sure if the LCA would be a suitable location for the strap? I was worried it may throw off the alignment or something?
 

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thanks. I wasn’t sure if the LCA would be a suitable location for the strap? I was worried it may throw off the alignment or something?
shouldnt be, the suspension is designed to take far more load than that.
 

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Most vehicles I see being hauled have straps over the tires.

If it were a short distance like enginevis dead and it is going to dealer you have shackle attachment points up front
 
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Most vehicles I see being hauled have straps over the tires.

If it were a short distance like enginevis dead and it is going to dealer you have shackle attachment points up front
I was always under the impression you didn’t want to compress the frame down? That’s why axles are the preferred location? I have 0 miles trailer towing my Bronco so it new to me. I will give the LCA a try and see how it goes.
 

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I was always under the impression you didn’t want to compress the frame down? That’s why axles are the preferred location? I have 0 miles trailer towing my Bronco so it new to me. I will give the LCA a try and see how it goes.
better to attach to the axle/arms.

Wheel baskets are better for smaller cars, but NEVER use a wheel basket and an axle strap. the axle straps rely on tension forward and back, and wheel baskets hold down. so the axle straps will end up loose.
 

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Just to be clear I meant tire baskets on all 4.
If you go to LCA's it should not affect your alignment at all.
 

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Many trim levels have tie-down loops on the frame ends, front and back, check yours, behind the bumper. Second location that could work are the shackle mounts.

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When on a convoy or rail these and other vehicles are not strapped by the wheels but by the frame, thus compressing the suspension. The tires on Broncos are inflated to 50#, 15 over the normal nominal psi rating. So these vehicles travel thousands of miles wit hthe suspension compressed.

And remember this: attaching to axles of an independent end WILL compress the suspension
 
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Many trim levels have tie-down loops on the frame ends, front and back, check yours, behind the bumper. Second location that could work are the shackle mounts.

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I have a Badlands with front shackle mounts. I was trying to not compress the suspension. From other post it looks like they are shipped and secured by the frame with suspension compressed. I have 4 axle straps and will try the LCA, see how it goes. With a neay flat, forward pull the suspension compression should be minimal.

Thanks everyone for the input.
 
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