My Bronco sucks off-road! Terrible rock chips after 80 miles on county dirt roads.

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To Ford and anyone who will listen. The Bronco Sasquatch is terrible. The tires, fender design destroy the vehicle.

My family has some land and I have to drive 40 miles each way down a county dirt road to access it.
After just driving around town I already had two chips in my door due to the tires picking up rocks so I had PPF installed on all four doors, this cost me almost $1,000
After traveling to my families land this last weekend I was appalled at what I found when I returned home and washed my Bronco. My rear fenders are trashed, one door handle torn up and my PPF is destroyed. I also took a rock chip on the front of the door even ahead of where the PPF is located on the passenger front door.

How can Ford sell a vehicle that literally rips its self apart driving down a county dirt road??

For reference, I've owned a 2011 FJ Cruiser, 2015 F-150, 2017 F-250 and 2018 Ford Raptor. These vehicles all took dozens of trips down the same road and never took any damage at all. One trip with my Bronco and I'm sure I have hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in damage to the vehicle.

Ford, How I am supposed to take this vehicle off-road without destroying it?!

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That sucks. Does not look like your tires stick out past the fenders. What tires are those? I went with Falken ATw3s and have not noticed any chipping. They are 265 / 70 r16s. I did not want to go too fat for weight, performance in snow and mud reasons.
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How can Ford sell a vehicle that literally rips its self apart driving down a county dirt road??
The problem is it keeps the rocks in the tires, when you hit open pavement and speed up it just slings them off.
Ford, How I am supposed to take this vehicle off-road without destroying it?!
New tires? Mud flaps? Wide steps?
 

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Is there a listing of immediate practical mods needed for these things? I'm thinking about that hose that gets cut in 2.7Ls, and now bigger fender flares/ mud flaps.

Anyone else able to point me to a link for a thread like this?
I can't remember exactly but there have been a couple with electrical issues because the fuse box was not properly bolted on. Also when removing the doors to use the protector provided so you don't scrape the paint.
 

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“Destroyed” seems like a big stretch - I was expecting carnage when I opened this thread. I had to look hard to see the “destroyed” door handle damage, and the fenders can hardly be called the same. They show some dings but are intact and functional. So let’s call what happened to you “cosmetic damage”. And I do feel for you, that sucks on a brand-new vehicle.

The Goodyears have been identified as an issue with throwing rocks so that’s your main culprit. Mud flaps will trap a lot of the flying debris - in these parts I won’t run a vehicle without them. Easily replaced parts if you damage them when off-roading, or take them off before hitting the trail.

Are there any other vehicles using this tire under a different name? I’d be curious to hear if any other OEMs have these problems.

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To Ford and anyone who will listen. The Bronco Sasquatch is terrible. The tires, fender design destroy the vehicle.

My family has some land and I have to drive 40 miles each way down a county dirt road to access it.
After just driving around town I already had two chips in my door due to the tires picking up rocks so I had PPF installed on all four doors, this cost me almost $1,000
After traveling to my families land this last weekend I was appalled at what I found when I returned home and washed my Bronco. My rear fenders are trashed, one door handle torn up and my PPF is destroyed. I also took a rock chip on the front of the door even ahead of where the PPF is located on the passenger front door.

How can Ford sell a vehicle that literally rips its self apart driving down a county dirt road??

For reference, I've owned a 2011 FJ Cruiser, 2015 F-150, 2017 F-250 and 2018 Ford Raptor. These vehicles all took dozens of trips down the same road and never took any damage at all. One trip with my Bronco and I'm sure I have hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in damage to the vehicle.

Ford, How I am supposed to take this vehicle off-road without destroying it?!

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The title of this post is inaccurate. The Bronco is extremely efficient at doing what it was made for. This post reminds me of a guy I saw using a screwdriver as a chisel.
 
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My favorite part of this story is when you took your offroad truck, offroad, then offroad stuff happened and you were shocked.
I agree, but really though. It's a county road. Not an off road park, desert racing or OHV area. A county owned and maintained dirt road. Four previous trucks and never a single rock chip or noticeable damage from driving on it. Come home with the bronco, appalled at what I found.
 

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Sorry OP. There have been several recent threads pointing out this problem. It’s why I have decided to try to talk my dealer into swapping tires. Still want an AT type of tire, but not as aggressive as SAS standard equipment. If not, I’ll try my normal tire store (Discount Tire) and try for a trade in. Don’t know if tire stores do that. If not, I’ll probably just buy new tires that don’t seem as prone to rock casting and sell the OEM tires. Second thing will be some mud flaps. Most of the photos of new Broncos with SAS (and even some non-SAS) show a lot of crap slung onto the doors, so this was probably predictable.
 

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I agree, but really though. It's a county road. Not an off road park, desert racing or OHV area. A county owned and maintained dirt road. Four previous trucks and never a single rock chip or noticeable damage from driving on it. Come home with the bronco, appalled at what I found.
I got nothing…

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