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1995 Ford Bronco Coyote-powered Off-road Classic

Posted in Features on August 4, 2015
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The diversity of vehicles in the off-road hobby is one of the top things that keeps us passionate about what we do. Jeep, Chevy, Ford, Ram, International, and so on, all have a home in the wheeling world. More often than not, the make is less important over what's actually been done to the vehicle. Heck, we've seen dirt-ready Mustangs that were downright awesome!

Ryan Drexler's 1995 Ford Bronco is a great example of what brand loyalty, outdoor enthusiasm, and a sound financial investment can create. As is the case with many of us, Drexler's love for his fullsize Bronco wasn't out of any practical reason, but more an excitement for the Bronco platform. Having owned the rig for years, Drexler had a vision for what he wanted. The only issue was he lacked the time and skillset to make his dreams become a reality.

Clean and simple was a theme used throughout the Bronco. Drexler wasn't looking for an over-the-top front bumper, so Ujoint fabricated this simple and high-clearance setup. It's fit with a Rigid Industries 30-inch white-and-amber dual-beam LED lightbar, which should make late-night exploration more enjoyable.

Thankfully, the Los Angeles resident had made friends with the crew at Ujoint Offroad. The only hiccup was Ujoint is located clear across the country in Fletcher, North Carolina. Ultimately, Drexler decided to ship the Bronco out and let the crew at Ujoint wrench on the project as time allowed. The end result? One incredible Bronco, that has more 2015 than 1995 galloping throughout.

We caught up with the Bronco stretching its legs at The Flats Offroad Park in Marion, North Carolina. While Ujoint still had a few final touches to wrap up before sending the rig back to the city of angels, there was no question that the Bronco was trail-ready. It might look subtle from the outside, but this fullsize has plenty of the right parts in the right places.

Supporting the weight is a 2.5-inch dual-rate coilover from Bilstein. Ujoint was still fine-tuning the coil rates and lengths when we shot the rig, and the Bronco has since been fit with limit straps to protect the shocks from becoming over extended. The sway bar is a 1-inch custom-rate from Speedway Engineering that is aggressive enough for on-road handling but still allows enough give for articulation off-road.

At A Glance
Vehicle: 1995 Ford Bronco
Owner: Ryan Drexler
Stomping grounds: Los Angeles, California
Build Time: 2 Years
Engine: 5.0L Ford Coyote V-8
Transmission: 4R75E
Transfer case(s): NV271
Low range ratio(s): 2.72:1
Crawl ratio(s): 35.23:1
Front axle/differential: Dynatrac ProRock 60/Detroit Truetrac, chromoly axleshafts, 4.56 gears
Rear axle/differential: Dynatrac full-float Trail Series 60/Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Front: Custom three-link w/12-in-travel 2.5 Bilstein coilovers, Speedway Eng. sway bar
Rear: Custom 4-in-lift leaf springs, Bilstein shocks
Steering: Custom crossover
Tires: 17x9 KMC XD Addict
Wheels: 35x12.50R17LT Toyo Open Country Mud Terrain
Armor: Customs bumpers, Rigid Industries lightbar

Desert pin stripping can do a number on a nice paint job. Instead of having the panels lined with scratches, Drexler had the glossy black paint coated with a white Plasti Dip paint coating. This easy-to-mend paint makes the option of going back to the stock color easy.
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