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Unread 01-08-2015, 02:32 PM   #1
lincolnmatthews
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YJ DD versus full size Bronco DD?

Before I get "flamed Off" this forum....I want to say that I am keeping my old YJ that has been my DD for a couple of yrs. I love my Jeep & tow it at times behind my Truck & camper. But for a daily driver that I could take on an occasional 1000 mile trip, I was thinking about a 96 Bronco. A little more comfort & more room.
I can't spend what they want for a new 4-door Wrangler & wouldn't being Fiat built. But for a lot less money you can find an old Bronco. Besides I like the older rigs & 2-doors.
Anybody ever owned a full size Bronco? I know they have there issues to such as cracking around the rain gutters etc. I was just looking for an objective opinion out there. (There is a 78 Bronco that's appears really nice but its probably to old for a driver??)
I know this is a Jeep forum, but figured I'd get more honest feedback versus the Bronco forum, thanks, let it begin!!

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Unread 01-09-2015, 12:18 PM   #2
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If you end up getting something from the early to mid 90's just know some of the electrical and emissions equipment can be dicey. The manufacturers hadn't figured out all the emissions and EFI details back then. Just me personally, I would gut most of the electrical and install something similar to the Holley Terminator EFI system. Then you need to address the transmission, coolant system, drive shafts, U-joints, ball joints, suspension, diff fluids, brakes, steering system, tires, etc. We are talking about a 20 year old vehicle here. You will be looking at a few thousand to recondition the major mechanical systems to get it up to reliable DD standards.
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Unread 01-09-2015, 02:49 PM   #3
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Might get lucky if you shop carefully and patiently. I see quite a few of the 90's Bronco's around here being DD'd. There's a couple that look to be turds sure, but most of the ones I see around here look to be in pretty good shape as I see them in traffic. I wouldn't see anything wrong with one as a DD, personally I prefer older vehicles as well. My last 3 before I got my YJ were an 86 S-10 Blazer, 88 Suburban, and an 88 Yota single cab. All with 4wd, and I drove the crap out of them every day. Just got my 90 YJ back in November, and it's now my DD. Just gotta shop carefully, and be fairly decent with keeping up an older vehicle. If you've been DD'ng an 87 YJ for a couple of years, I don't see that being a problem though.
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Unread 01-13-2015, 12:55 PM   #4
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Full size bronco has the same wb length as an LJ. I owned a 1990 as a daily driver. It got 14 mpg. The transmission was the weak link. If I had the money I would build a 1978 to go with my LJ and live a long happy life with the two.
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