How good OR Bad, will the base Bronco be off-road without Sas and lockers?

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How good OR Bad, will the base Bronco be off-road without Sas and lockers?
I don't have the money I did last year when thinking to get a new Truck and now thinking to get a base, base. I'm sure Ford will have some system to brake a wheel from spinning and with open diffs send power to the opposite wheel but would a system like that be anything more then a Ridgeline off-road ? I also think getting a locker in the back would be serious cash later down the road?

My Reservation is a first night and would hate to give up on it now.





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Your right, things can add up very quickly. Don't get stuck in all the hype. Base, base is still going to be a blast but know it's limitations. It's not going to be a rock crawler, however, it's still an excellent 4WD. Plus, you can start adding mods as you get the cash: tires, lift, bumpers, and yes even lockers if you want. The aftermarket is going to be huge for the Bronco, you'll have lots of choices (some that even keep the warranty). You can grow the capability over time and not have all of your $$$ sunk in a monthly payment.
 
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Your right, things can add up very quickly. Don't get stuck in all the hype. Base, base is still going to be a blast but know it's limitations. It's not going to be a rock crawler, however, it's still an excellent 4WD. Plus, you can start adding mods as you get the cash: tires, lift, bumpers, and yes even lockers if you want. The aftermarket is going to be huge for the Bronco, you'll have lots of choices (some that even keep the warranty). You can grow the capability over time and not have all of your $$$ sunk in a monthly payment.
I really wish they just let me get the $750.00 rear locker, that was a very annoying move in my mind and left Jeep with a little to work with on the bottom end. Thanks for the encouragement, I don't have any plans for rock crawling and the 4wd would properly be fine but I'm the guy that thinks what if lol
 

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Your right, things can add up very quickly. Don't get stuck in all the hype. Base, the base is still going to be a blast but know its limitations. It's not going to be a rock crawler, however, it's still an excellent 4WD. Plus, you can start adding mods as you get the cash: tires, lift, bumpers, and yes even lockers if you want. The aftermarket is going to be huge for the Bronco, you'll have lots of choices (some that even keep the warranty). You can grow the capability over time and not have all of your $$$ sunk in a monthly payment.
Reality is setting in for me and I'm probably going to have to start heading back into the office three days a week soon. I was one of those who sold their home close to work when Covid hit last year and moved 3 hours away because I only have 2 1/2 years left before retirement. I just calculated 22,000 miles a year average putting on my new Bronco starting this summer, so by the time I retire it will have around 50,000 miles on it, for a 2 1/2-year-old vehicle.

I'm thinking I will tell my dealership to put me on the waiting list for a 2022 model base carbonized grey (drop my badlands with all the sins) and order my Model Y for the commute for the next two and half years. It will be an experience to build up a base and I'm sure I will learn a lot, and it will be fun doing it.
 

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It will be alot like the 4x4s most of us offroaders cut our teeth on. Sure high end upgrade will cost a bit down the road. But what about adding a limited slip or lunchbox locker. Do it yourself and you can get under $500 for a days work and plenty of traction. Add a 2"spacer lift and squeeze some cheap 35s on there and you will have Bronco that performs 95% as well as a squatch. But I think left stock or even just adding some MTs it would be about as good as a 90s bronco, similar weights and sizes. If thats the case it should be good enough to have fun in.
 

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I did the type of wheeling in the Pacific NW, so not much rock crawling. Back then in 2000, I have a Grand Cherokee (WJ) w/ QuadraDrive which is not a true locker, but it's capable to transfer 100% of the torque to 1 wheel or 50% when the center diff is locked, but the I was wheeling with a large 4x4 group with 4x4 from many diff. manufactures aside from Jeep. There were, Pathfinder, 4 Runner, Tacoma, Suzuki, etc..! IMHO, lockers are good to have, but I think have some decent ground clearance and 4L is sufficient for many type of wheeling condition. You just have to learn it's limitation, improve you skills, then upgrade as needed later. This place is in Canada we called this the V Rock, I used to hit this trail few times a year.
 

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I threw a 2" leveling kit and 35" tires on my LSD rear/open front F-150 and had a ball in Moab. Only had to get pulled 4 times by my son's Jeep. Go out and enjoy the Base!
 

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I'm expecting DayStar to have a spacer & body lift combo to allow 35s. After that, 4L and a winch will let you do more than what most people will attempt.

The Badlands and Sasquatch package make doing those things much easier. The tech stuff on the automatic makes a few things easier than a manual transmission equipped Bronco.

I'm getting a manual transmission Badlands because I can afford to. I would get a base+squatch if I could live with an automatic. If the base Base was a necessary financial decision, then I would enjoy it and build it up more looks at first; spacer and 35s. Personally, I would try to hustle the extra cash to get a Base Squatch... that might kick you to MY22, though.

As I've grown older and busier, I try and get my vehicles as close to how I want them off the showroom floor.
 

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So bad. This would be the equivalent of a unibody CUV, but with worse interior dimensions, MPG, crashworthiness, towing capacity, cargo capacity, reliability, value, practicality, interior materials quality, interior color schemes, cup holder count, NVH, outward visibility, and driving range on a full tank.
 

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I had a bone stock F150 with 4x4, no locker, no lift, and just nice all terrain tires and had tons of fun off road. I like how someone said "cut your teeth" because what better way to learn if you actually "need" something vs are being sold on a benefit you'll never use than to use something without it. I live in Texas. I don't get snow, so my need for traction can be MUCH different than someone in Northern Michigan or Maine. Hardcore rock crawling just does not interest me, so I don't need to bother with that stuff... yeah I'd like to go to moab, but I'd be on the chill trails, I don't need to do the hot tub or any of that.

My opinion on my limited four wheeling experience, it looks like a solid foundation that will do about 70% of what anyone would want and 100% of casual off road weekend warrior stuff. I'd upgrade tires and maybe wheels (but even that isn't needed, you could find a nice 33 or something that will fit that rim) down the line, add a lift, but that isn't even needed. If Ford allowed a rear locker, I'd spring for that. I'd find the 700 or 800 bucks or whatever for that ONE addon, but the rest is not that important.

I'd go as far as to say 90% of people are buying packages they will NEVER use to their full potential. A base 4x4 will go a LONG way.
 

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I think itll do just fine. It has decent enough suspension travel and modern traction control is amazing. We did Hells Gate, Hells Revenge, Top of the World, and Poison spider in an almost stock GX460. The bronco's traction control and driver assist features will have 10 years of advancements over the GX and it did very very well out there.
 

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