When Ford unleashed its sixth-generation Bronco a few years back, it quickly became one of the hottest new vehicles in the gearhead universe—and we knew it was only a matter of time before the gang at Summit Racing got their hands on one.
And now, that time has come.
For its Ford Bronco build series, the Summit Racing folks are taking a stock 2022 Bronco and giving it some key upgrades to make it an even more versatile off-roader—and it’s staying street legal. Better yet, they’re doing it as an homage to the Mexican 1,000-winning 1969 Bronco driven by legendary racer Rod Hall.
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Now in Episode 3, the attention moves to trail protection. After all, given the inspiration for the build, the Summit Racing team wanted to make sure its Bronco could withstand some serious abuse. The party starts up front, where the addition of a DV8 Offroad front bumper makes a great place to mount a Warn VR Evo 10-S winch. The 2022 Ford Bronco also gets a complementing MTO Series rear bumper.
If you’re switching out the front bumper on your late model Ford Bronco, there’s a good chance you’ll need to relocate the factory sensor for the Bronco’s adaptive cruise control too. In the case of the Project Baja Bronco, the Summit Racing folks picked up a handy sensor relocation kit from DV8 Offroad.
The episode also features the installation of a set of super-stout rock sliders, also from DV8 Offroad. Not only will these rock sliders protect the Bronco’s frame and sheetmetal from trail obstacles, they offer a handy step-up into the Bronco cabin—and serve as an extra jacking point in a pinch.