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The roof crossbar always seems to be behind front top. I’m assuming factory places it there to make it easier to remove front top. Any idea if sliding the crossbar forward requires tools or if it’s a matter of turning a knob to allow it to slide?
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Broncos only have two doors, period. Just like I believe real Raptors are only Super Cab and seeked one out rather than compromising on the Crew Cab model. Crew Cab Raptors and 4 door Broncos are a compromise to sell trucks to families. I understand why Ford makes the compromise, but I have no interest in participating.

I have owned three Broncos in the past, 1982, 1987, and 1996. I like short, maneuverable vehicles for use offroad and in general driving. I love the aesthetics and apparent size of the new 2 door.

My desire to test fit one is based on my physical size, I’m 6’4” and about 320# with a lineman’s shape. All evidence suggests it will fit fine, but I won’t be certain until I sit in one.
You need to drive up to Irwin Ford in Laconia, NH. What you seek is waiting for you! Call ahead and make a reservation for a test drive and ask for Zachary Land. It is a completely stress free experience and a source of great joy.
 
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The roof crossbar always seems to be behind front top. I’m assuming factory places it there to make it easier to remove front top. Any idea if sliding the crossbar forward requires tools or if it’s a matter of turning a knob to allow it to slide?
I’m pretty sure it is bolted in place. Can be moved to a second location but will need tools. Perhaps part of the tool kit provided.
 
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If the 2.7 was "peppy" in sport mode, it sounds like it is going to be getting a tune when I get one... LOL. Would like it to be a little more than "peppy". Was this a Sasquatch or regular OBX?
 
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If the 2.7 was "peppy" in sport mode, it sounds like it is going to be getting a tune when I get one... LOL. Would like it to be a little more than "peppy". Was this a Sasquatch or regular OBX?
Perhaps my choice of the word "Peppy" could be improved. Since it was a test vehicle, and my first time behind the wheel of a Bronco, I was cautious. The test OBX was not Sasquatch. It appeared to have stock wheels and tires. See pics below.
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Mirror whistle? Or ANY whistle for that matter?
I drove one yesterday as well. A 2 door outer banks. There was no mirror whistle. The top did seem to catch some wind and created a whistle.
 

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If the 2.7 was "peppy" in sport mode, it sounds like it is going to be getting a tune when I get one... LOL. Would like it to be a little more than "peppy". Was this a Sasquatch or regular OBX?
Yes it will need a tune. Off the line the turbo lag was pretty bad. Once they spooled up it went better. Hopefully ford or roush release a power pack.
 

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If the 2.7 was "peppy" in sport mode, it sounds like it is going to be getting a tune when I get one... LOL. Would like it to be a little more than "peppy". Was this a Sasquatch or regular OBX?
I tried to upload an acceleration video but it’s saying the file is to large.
 

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Perhaps my choice of the word "Peppy" could be improved. Since it was a test vehicle, and my first time behind the wheel of a Bronco, I was cautious. The test OBX was not Sasquatch. It appeared to have stock wheels and tires. See pics below.
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I by no means am trying to Hi-Jack your post. Just chiming in on what I experienced so people who weren’t able to test drive can get an idea.
 

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Today I spent over 90 minutes examining and test driving a 2021 Bronco 2-door Outer Banks. My journey to owning a Bronco is structured around a series of events which give me data for decision making. I know, sounds way too analytical and you are correct. Despite my best efforts to stay objective, waves of shear joy crash over me during events like this and today was no different.

We all know the waiting for our Broncos with no known day/month/year of arrival is excruciatingly difficult. The human spirit needs moments of "Bronco Joy" the way a starving person needs food. If possible, find a Bronco or multiple Broncos to test drive. I guarantee you will enjoy the process.

I had the great pleasure of examining a Bronco and test driving it with no one looking over my shoulder. I was given limitless time but kept myself to approximately 90 minutes due to my own sensory overload.

I tried four of the GOAT modes and had a favorite. I programmed the navigation system to test the functionality and used it to return to the dealership. I operated the digital cluster to better understand the intuitive design and loved the use of color for each GOAT mode. I blasted the music and put the windows down and up to understand the effect. I watched the puny rear wiper blade clear the rain drops off the rear window. I experienced the shear joy of backing up while viewing the 12” monitor. On and on and on with no limits on my exploration.

I will say, I went into this process with my list but quickly decided to just have fun. Lots of fun! Although it was wonderful, I did have an important objective. How would I feel owning/driving a 2-door? To answer that question, I needed to observe many individual items/actions. I was attempting to determine through direct observation if I felt the way one feels when wearing their most favorite pair of jeans. Yes, that is how I felt today!

Go find a Bronco and have fun! Happy to answer any questions.

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It might be helpful if I highlighted my top three favorite and unexpected features during the test drive.

I absolutely loved how the 2-door felt nimble and maneuverable in the extreme. This is a FUN vehicle.

My F150 rides like a limousine (soft) yet the shocks and suspension cause you to lose fillings in your teeth over potholes. I was literally blow away by how you get the best of both worlds in a Bronco. It gives you just enough road felt and yet the pothole jarring is removed. I traveled the exact same roads in both vehicles to compare the results. All this in a 2-door! Geniuses designed this vehicle.

Also, you need to experience the 12” monitor to genuinely appreciate the image. It will knock your socks off.

I could go on and on, but there you have my top three.

I was debating if a Bronco is worth waiting for until 2022. Absolutely!!




None that I noticed. Of course, I was thoroughly testing the stereo and the verbal commands via the navigation system. Compared to my Sync 3 in the F150, the Sync 4 appears to be much better!



Thank you! My message is the same to all. You need to find a Bronco and complete a test drive. It is an off-the-scale level of joy. Now more than ever, we all need this!


I drove the 2.7L and loved the Sport mode. Peppy!



The 4-doors are great, but my focus will remain on the 2-door. Had the 2-door been a disappointment then my testing would have been centered on the 4-door. I absolutely loved the 2-door and could not be any happier. :)



I experienced no hoppy or bouncy effect. I love how you experience some road feel and yet the pothole jarring is absorbed by the suspension. I did not expect any of this in a 2-door.



Yes, it was raining off and on. Not a heavy rain, but enough to require a jacket. The temperature was 60 degree, but no wind so it was OK by New England standards.
The interior was the cloth blue/gray. The floor was carpet. It looked fine, but New England has trees, rocks and mud. That interior might not like the mud if you know what I mean. ;)


Yes, I love the design of the cloth seats in the OBX. Pic attached. Love how the front passenger seat reclines.
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The seats felt wonderfully supportive and that was a surprise! I am not use to cloth seats so that was hard for me to judge. My Bronco comes with MGV and I tested that at a separate event in Portsmouth, NH.


I plan to stay the course with my Badlands. However, I would like to test drive a Bronco with Baja mode and switch from 4H to 2L to find out if the ride is "spirited". I suspect it is since that is the approach the Raptor community use to simulate a juiced up Sport mode.



Regarding the 2-Door, I have come to understand driving one is very much a lifestyle choice. I happen to embrace a minimalist approach to life. All my gear is a carry over from my years spent camping out of a kayak. The gear is compact and light weight.

For me, less is more. That translates into more nimble, more maneuverable, more access to tight trails. I look forward to the day I navigate the switchbacks on Black Bear Pass in Colorado with ease.

Growing up I was surrounded by family members who all wanted more. More of everything. Now I have something they will never have. I have enough!



Bronco 2-Door
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My F150 parked next to the Bronco

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Broncos being gathered for Northeast Off-Roadeo. Many more to follow. All Badlands 4-Door soft tops. Stunning!

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Great write up and review. It’s super helpful to understand your perspective and how it relates to your evaluation.
 

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Thanks for your insight, I am so looking forward to my 2Dr. Badlands.

You probably get this a lot, but I can't resist:

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During my review and test drive I took many pictures. I will share below a few with comment. The "discoveries' were perhaps nothing new, but they added to the joy of the moment.

The 12 inch monitor has unbelievable clarity. I had great fun using it while backing up.
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A was constantly switching GOAT modes and at times loss track of which mode I was currenting using. You can see in the pic below I was in Sport mode due to the "S" in the top left corner of the digital panel. What you may not pick up on is the use of color to help as well. Excellent design!
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I discovered a collection of documents as well as the tool kit in the glove box. Did not study each. Perhaps next time.
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I love how you can easily flip the rear seat head rests back to give you an unobstructed view out the rear window.
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We sometimes joke about the size of the rear window wiper, but it does the job just fine. Actually, I thought the visibility out the rear window was excellent and a great surprise!
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One aspect of a vehicle I enjoy is a comfortable place to rest your arm while the window is open or closed. This was another pleasant discovery. Love the Bronco interior door design.
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Thanks for the 2 door review. I agree these little FCTP vignettes keep us going. I'm with you on the minimalist / fun approach. This coming from kayaking, backpacking, and Triumph Spitfire / Datsun 240z / Pontiac Fiero SE camping (where you need to have room for tools and maybe a fire extinguisher).

Looking forward to the NH Off-Roadeo as well.
 
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