'23 Bronco Sport Badlands... fully loaded and ready for summer!

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Sep 12, 2023

Buckin’ Explorer

Sep 12, 2023

So, January last year I found out I had a pretty nasty medical condition that had me eating through a feeding tube for 12 weeks. I was stuck in a chair and unable to get outside. It took all of last summer and into the winter to recover. This year, I'm feeling nice and healthy... and 45lbs lighter! Once the weather started to warm up, I got the itch to go out and explore. I kept looking at my 2017 Jeep Cherokee and thinking "this is NOT my summer fun-mobile." I could never not think 'soccer mom' when I looked at it. So, knowing that nothing feels better than a mountain of debt, I went out to buy a truck that would make me smile while adventuring this summer. The hunt was on! I had been looking around at every SUV but nothing felt rugged enough. I loved the look and feel of the big Bronco, but I'm in the Chicagoland area and we don't have any local landscapes that would necessitate that much truck. I saw a few Sports out in the wild, but they looked weird with those small wheels and tires. So, the search continued... until I was online and saw a few Sports that had been beefed up 'overland style' 😂 (well as close as it could get)


I'm sure many of you saw the same thing and thought... yep!... that's the one! I know I did, and off to the local Ford dealership I went.

Upon arriving, I saw an entire row of Sports that just didn't look right. I couldn't put my finger on it until I saw a 2022 that looked pretty good. I asked the dealer, "so what am I missing? Why does this one look better?" He told me it had lift kit and some more aggressive tires. He also told me that the dealership could install it, so it didn't void the warranty. After chatting about some of the other upgrades, I started looking for my future truck on the lot.

The lower models had less power than my 4-cylinder Jeep and I was not impressed. But then I drove the Badlands.... and slipped it into Sport mode. "Holy Moly," I thought... "this is it!" I decided I wanted the Eruption Green and of course they didn't have it and they couldn't get it. They said the only Badlands on the way was Catus Grey. So sadly, I went back home to mope around on the internet. Luckily, I found what I wanted on Ford's website. It was being shipped to a dealership about 45 miles away. I gave them a call and they said it had just arrived on the truck! I think the salesperson was a little optimistic when I said... "hold it, I'll be there tomorrow to buy it!"
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Melissa Clark

Sep 13, 2023

#20
Great write up and awesome photos! Would love to trail ride with you someday! Planning on Moab?
Darrel, BB BRNCO

Rank V

Sep 14, 2023

#21
So, January last year I found out I had a pretty nasty medical condition that had me eating through a feeding tube for 12 weeks. I was stuck in a chair and unable to get outside. It took all of last summer and into the winter to recover. This year, I'm feeling nice and healthy... and 45lbs lighter! Once the weather started to warm up, I got the itch to go out and explore. I kept looking at my 2017 Jeep Cherokee and thinking "this is NOT my summer fun-mobile." I could never not think 'soccer mom' when I looked at it. So, knowing that nothing feels better than a mountain of debt, I went out to buy a truck that would make me smile while adventuring this summer. The hunt was on! I had been looking around at every SUV but nothing felt rugged enough. I loved the look and feel of the big Bronco, but I'm in the Chicagoland area and we don't have any local landscapes that would necessitate that much truck. I saw a few Sports out in the wild, but they really looked weird with those small wheels and tires. So, the search continued... until I was online and saw a few Sports that had been beefed up 'overland style' 😂 (well as close as it could get)


I'm sure many of you saw the same thing and thought... yep!... that's the one! I know I did, and off to the local Ford dealership I went.

Upon arriving, I saw an entire row of Sports that just didn't look right. I couldn't put my finger on it until I saw a 2022 that looked pretty good. I asked the dealer, "so what am I missing? Why does this one look better?" He told me it had lift kit and some more aggressive tires. He also told me that the dealership could install it, so it didn't break the warranty. After chatting about some of the other upgrades, I started looking for my future truck on the lot.

The lower models had less power than my 4-cylinder Jeep and I was not impressed. But then I drove the Badlands.... and slipped it into Sport mode. "Holy Moly," I thought... "this is it!" I decided I wanted the Eruption Green and of course they didn't have it and they couldn't get it. They said the only Badlands on the way was Catus Grey. So sadly, I went back home to mope around on the internet. Luckily, I found what I wanted on Ford's website. It was being shipped to a dealership about 45 miles away. I gave them a call and they said it had just arrived on the truck! I think the salesperson was a little optimistic when I said... "hold it, I'll be there tomorrow to buy it!"

Awesome photos! Happy to hear you're healthy and enjoying your new ride😁
Darrel, BB BRNCO

Buckin’ Explorer

Sep 18, 2023

#22
Great write up and awesome photos! Would love to trail ride with you someday! Planning on Moab?

Thank you! Totally awesome to get some recognition from you. I remember seeing you on TV for the Rebelle Rally. So cool that you get to do that every year! If you are referring to the Moab Ford event, I can't make it this year. I'll be in Olympic National Park (not with my Bronco 😒) for a family trip. But I'm totally down for a meet-up sometime if any cool events are happening! Shoot me a DM and keep me posted!
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Chief Ron, Darrel

Buckin’ Explorer

Sep 18, 2023

#23
Awesome photos! Happy to hear you're healthy and enjoying your new ride😁

Thanks Ford! This is my first purchase in the Ford family, and I have to say that so far everything has been great. It's really cool to see the community that has grown around the Bronco brand. I'm super glad I made this purchase. This truck has become the first vehicle that I've been emotionally attached to in a looooong time! 😉 I'm looking forward to attending some events in the future!
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Chief Ron, Deano Bronc

Buckin’ Explorer

Sep 18, 2023

#24
I'm still new to the kayaking scene... I've been searching for local spots. Found a fun little branch of the DuPage river last weekend.
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Miner, Laura

Buckin’ Explorer

Nov 11, 2023

#25
Walking back to the garage after dinner.. took a quick glamour shot IMG_7271.jpeg
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Administrator

Nov 21, 2023

#26
I've read that if you don't look back at your Bronco when walking away, you bought the wrong vehicle. I think that goes for taking pictures on the approach, too 😎 . Keep the adventures and pictures, coming, please, they are great inspo!
2021 Oxford White 2-door non-Sas Mid package 2.7L/10-speed Badlands with MIC top
2021 Carbonized Gray 2-door Sas High package 2.7L/10-speed Badlands with MIC top
Keeping the Jeeps: stock '89 XJ and 3.5" lifted '00 XJ on 31s
Jakob1972, BB BRNCO

Rank V

Nov 21, 2023

#27
Walking back to the garage after dinner.. took a quick glamour shot IMG_7271.jpeg

Great pic! 😎 Thank you for sharing and for being part of the Ford family!
BB BRNCO, Laura

Rank 0

Nov 22, 2023

#28
Your journey will always be interesting!

Buckin’ Explorer

Feb 08, 2024

#29
Another gratuitous parking lot shot. Enjoy!
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Laura, Unicorn
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Administrator

Feb 09, 2024

#30
Another gratuitous parking lot shot. Enjoy!

Looks great, BB BRNCO!
2021 Oxford White 2-door non-Sas Mid package 2.7L/10-speed Badlands with MIC top
2021 Carbonized Gray 2-door Sas High package 2.7L/10-speed Badlands with MIC top
Keeping the Jeeps: stock '89 XJ and 3.5" lifted '00 XJ on 31s
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