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Anyone know what the permissible speed is with the soft top tucked all the way down? can you drive it at highway speeds? can you treat it as a true convertible?
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Ford has said in their multitude of emails that the top speed of the Bronco during the 280,000 mile break in period is 35mph. With the top down you are not to ever exceed 3 and 3/4 MPH.
 

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Ford has said in their multitude of emails that the top speed of the Bronco during the 280,000 mile break in period is 35mph. With the top down you are not to ever exceed 3 and 3/4 MPH.
Also CDC advises top-down is dangerous due to getting hit by floating COVID particles so wear a mask.
 

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These guys are getting it on the back roads with the top down.
I like these guys as much as TFL's Tommy and Andre...
 

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Ford has said in their multitude of emails that the top speed of the Bronco during the 280,000 mile break in period is 35mph. With the top down you are not to ever exceed 3 and 3/4 MPH.
Serious questions...Is the "break in period" a real thing? If so, what are the details? What are the consequences of not following it?
 

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Serious questions...Is the "break in period" a real thing? If so, what are the details? What are the consequences of not following it?
It’s a real thing in that

1. Ford has a written break in procedure for the bronco and

2. Mechanically there absolutely is some breaking in that occurs between mating surfaces in components.

What’s different is that there as many opinions about the best way to “break in” a motor as their are Internet forum users.

The written Ford procedure is basically to not do any sustained highway driving (constant speed/rpm) and no flogging it, for the first 1,000 miles.

If a vehicle isn’t broken in correctly there can be a whole myriad of scary consequences, but usually it’s along the line of mechanical surfaces improperly mating and allowing for increased oil consumption/leaking and/or premature wear of parts deep in a engine you really don’t want to have to replace.
 

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With he Jeep, I’ve driven 80mph with too folded back and all the way down. Neither gave me any issues.
Being the owner of a Jeep I call shenanigans.
Maybe it was downhill?
:LOL:

In all sincerity, I agree. Soft top down you can go as fast as legally possible and then some.
If you can take the decibels of the rushing air (less than a motorcycle but till more than any closed-cab ride offers).
 

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Being the owner of a Jeep I call shenanigans.
Maybe it was downhill?
:LOL:

In all sincerity, I agree. Soft top down you can go as fast as legally possible and then some.
If you can take the decibels of the rushing air (less than a motorcycle but till more than any closed-cab ride offers).
I’m not sure what you mean? I’d fold my premium twill top back to the first open position and drive 80mph on the interstate without issue. That’s probably no recommended but it never gave me a problem.
 

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I’m not sure what you mean? I’d fold my premium twill top back to the first open position and drive 80mph on the interstate without issue. That’s probably no recommended but it never gave me a problem.
Didn't mean anything offensive.
I was more poking fun at the fact Jeep and 80MPH were in the same sentence.
Among the older TJ crowd we have a lot of fun back-and-forth with the lack of speed and the fact that anything over about a 1% grade and you are downshifting from 5th.
But yours is newer, and I'm a bit jealous of the twill top. I have a standard 2001 era soft top, heard good things about the twill ones.
 

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Didn't mean anything offensive.
I was more poking fun at the fact Jeep and 80MPH were in the same sentence.
Among the older TJ crowd we have a lot of fun back-and-forth with the lack of speed and the fact that anything over about a 1% grade and you are downshifting from 5th.
But yours is newer, and I'm a bit jealous of the twill top. I have a standard 2001 era soft top, heard good things about the twill ones.
I got ya. The JKs have no problem reaching 80 anymore.$
 

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Serious questions...Is the "break in period" a real thing? If so, what are the details? What are the consequences of not following it?
Be nice, no foot, and don't tow for the first 1000 miles. (Testing 0-60 is a no-no.) Doesn't say it, but commonly for about the first 500 miles vary engine speed (i.e., don't set the cruise control for long periods of time).

From page 297 in the manual:

BREAKING-IN
Your vehicle requires a break-in period. For
the first 1,000 mi (1,600 km), avoid driving
at high speeds, heavy braking, aggressive
shifting or using your vehicle to tow. During
this time, your vehicle may exhibit some
unusual driving characteristics.
 
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