Tricky Dick's Dirt Mountain Bronco

Tricky Dick
Jun 07, 2023

Bailing forward!

Jun 07, 2023

Did the Dirt Mountain name catch on over here too?

Anyway, this is my 21 2dr Badlands, 2.3 7MT, non-Sas, VB, high package, with tow. I got my reservation in about 3 hours after it opened up way back on that fateful night. I was first given a VIN in April of 21, with a build date that kept getting pushed out before landing on August 9th, 2021. Then the hard top fiasco blew up and it was banished to Dirt Mountain.

Fast forward to February 1st, 2022, I was tied for last known Bronco off Dirt Mountain and I finally took delivery. I quickly put a Bestop and Mickey Thompson 35s on it. 3 months later I sucked up a rock into the wheel well while wheeling Compressor Creek in north Idaho which resulted in $5000 in repairs.

Since then I've been modifying it constantly and breaking something nearly every time I wheel it. One thing I never did break was a tie rod, but being concerned about it and finding that OEM tie rods were on back order, I started looking for alternatives and discovered the now famous Ranger tie rod.

That tie rod ended up snowballing into a full fledged business as I came up with a complete repair kit. That's a topic for another post.

Currently it's sitting on Icon EXPs in the front and stock Bilsteins in the back with a 1" spacer, all with 4dr V6 springs. I had a Warn Evo10 on a RC high mount but bent the mount and my frame, so now I'm building my own front bumper with tucked in winch mount. I have a JKS high clearance kit to install.

I'm shopping for some 37s to go with my new clearance. I had a set of 37x14.5x17 SX2s that I tried to put on some Sas wheels with true beadlock rings but they are too wide and the bead is too thick. Thinking about getting Patagonias now.







BuckYeah, Mal
Last edited by a moderator: Jun 07, 2023

Rank A Bazillion

Jun 07, 2023

#1
I love this! Truck looking awesome; and that custom bumper looks epic. Keep giving us updates please!
2021 | Outer Banks + Sasquatch | 2 Door HT | Oxford White
Darrel, Jakob1972
Moderator

Looking for rocks!

Jun 07, 2023

#2
Did the Dirt Mountain name catch on over here too?

Anyway, this is my 21 2dr Badlands, 2.3 7MT, non-Sas, VB, high package, with tow. I got my reservation in about 3 hours after it opened up way back on that fateful night. I was first given a VIN in April of 21, with a build date that kept getting pushed out before landing on August 9th, 2021. Then the hard top fiasco blew up and it was banished to Dirt Mountain.

Fast forward to February 1st, 2022, I was tied for last known Bronco off Dirt Mountain and I finally took delivery. I quickly put a Bestop and Mickey Thompson 35s on it. 3 months later I sucked up a rock into the wheel well while wheeling Compressor Creek in north Idaho which resulted in $5000 in repairs.

Since then I've been modifying it constantly and breaking something nearly every time I wheel it. One thing I never did break was a tie rod, but being concerned about it and finding that OEM tie rods were on back order, I started looking for alternatives and discovered the now famous Ranger tie rod.

That tie rod ended up snowballing into a full fledged business as I came up with a complete repair kit. That's a topic for another post.

Currently it's sitting on Icon EXPs in the front and stock Bilsteins in the back with a 1" spacer, all with 4dr V6 springs. I had a Warn Evo10 on a RC high mount but bent the mount and my frame, so now I'm building my own front bumper with tucked in winch mount. I have a JKS high clearance kit to install.

I'm shopping for some 37s to go with my new clearance. I had a set of 37x14.5x17 SX2s that I tried to put on some Sas wheels with true beadlock rings but they are too wide and the bead is too thick. Thinking about getting Patagonias now.
Thanks for introducing yourself for those that don't venture over to B6G. Thank you for all the work you did trying to find a decent tie-rod replacement. I have a couple of those Ranger rods in my tool bag.
I've never heard of sucking a rock up into the wheel well. How is that even possible?😂
2022 Bronco Badlands, 4D, Hot Pepper Red, 2.7, Squatch, Lux, and MIC.
7/13/2020 10:04pm reservation. Blend 6/16/2022 Delivered 6/26/2022.
Dealership - Stephen's Auto Center.
Darrel, Tricky Dick

Gladesmen

Jun 07, 2023

#3
Oh yeah we had several dirt mountain and even ice mountain broncos here. Mine wasn’t even a thought in Daddy Fords mind back during dirt mountain. Mine was built September 22 delivered November 22.
Bronco Nation 1100. Everglades, Desert Sand
Res: 7/30/20 ordered 1/22/21 reorder 10/15/21 changed to Everglades 3/9/22 schedule 8/29/22 bumped to 9/5; 9/7/22 blend, 9/9 Mods, 9/26/22 completed, 10/7 shipped, 11/3/22 delivery
Tricky Dick
Moderator Staff member

Administrator

Jun 07, 2023

#4
rock up into the wheel well.
That's a story I want more on too after seeing the pic!
Awesome writeup. It'll be sweet on 37s
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, Tricky Dick

Bailing forward!

Jun 07, 2023

#5
That's a story I want more on too after seeing the pic!
Awesome writeup. It'll be sweet on 37s
The gist of it is that while I was crawling through a creek bed with lots of loose rock I managed to pinch one between the tire and frame and it rolled up in the fender well. It took out multiple brake parts. I limped it home by pinching off the brake line on that side but doing that ruined the ABS pump. It took the shop quite a while to identify the smashed brake booster which kept looking up the brakes after they would replace other parts.

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OrangecrushBronco, BuckYeah

Rank V

Jun 08, 2023

#6
Did the Dirt Mountain name catch on over here too?

Anyway, this is my 21 2dr Badlands, 2.3 7MT, non-Sas, VB, high package, with tow. I got my reservation in about 3 hours after it opened up way back on that fateful night. I was first given a VIN in April of 21, with a build date that kept getting pushed out before landing on August 9th, 2021. Then the hard top fiasco blew up and it was banished to Dirt Mountain.

Fast forward to February 1st, 2022, I was tied for last known Bronco off Dirt Mountain and I finally took delivery. I quickly put a Bestop and Mickey Thompson 35s on it. 3 months later I sucked up a rock into the wheel well while wheeling Compressor Creek in north Idaho which resulted in $5000 in repairs.

Since then I've been modifying it constantly and breaking something nearly every time I wheel it. One thing I never did break was a tie rod, but being concerned about it and finding that OEM tie rods were on back order, I started looking for alternatives and discovered the now famous Ranger tie rod.

That tie rod ended up snowballing into a full fledged business as I came up with a complete repair kit. That's a topic for another post.

Currently it's sitting on Icon EXPs in the front and stock Bilsteins in the back with a 1" spacer, all with 4dr V6 springs. I had a Warn Evo10 on a RC high mount but bent the mount and my frame, so now I'm building my own front bumper with tucked in winch mount. I have a JKS high clearance kit to install.

I'm shopping for some 37s to go with my new clearance. I had a set of 37x14.5x17 SX2s that I tried to put on some Sas wheels with true beadlock rings but they are too wide and the bead is too thick. Thinking about getting Patagonias now.







Love these amazing shots of your Bronco! Thanks for sharing these with us.
Tricky Dick

Rank V

Jun 08, 2023

#7
Now that's rock crawling :) Looking good Mike! Glad you're here
2021Bronco☆2.3☆BL☆7MT☆4D☆A51☆SoftT☆ARRIVED 9/9/21☆SOLD 1/21/23☆NT Supports▪Consults▪Supply's Car Dealers, Vehicle Distributors, and Retail Customers Since 1992
Tricky Dick, Sven

Rank IV

Jun 12, 2023

#8
You must mean tied for the last 2021 Bronco off the Mountain.

Nice build BTW.
No salt tram towers were harmed in the making of this post...
Tricky Dick

Bailing forward!

Jun 12, 2023

#9
You must mean tied for the last 2021 Bronco off the Mountain.

Nice build BTW.
I guess I should have been more specific, last of the original dirt mountaineers. There was what, 2 or 3 more batches after that?
DRWright, Eninty

Bailing forward!

Jun 13, 2023

#10
My Patagonia 37s came in today. Next to a 37x14.5 SX2 and the Territory.


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Chief Ron, EvlNvrDys

🐎Just a girl & her Bronco🐎

Jun 13, 2023

#11
Thanks for introducing yourself for those that don't venture over to B6G. Thank you for all the work you did trying to find a decent tie-rod replacement. I have a couple of those Ranger rods in my tool bag.
I've never heard of sucking a rock up into the wheel well. How is that even possible?😂
Yes, Jeff did that on sledge hammer at Johnson Valley in my '12 JKUR. It ripped 2 clips off right front fender flare. Took a minute or 2 to figure out how to get it out.
Hi y'all, Lauri here and I am the proud owner of a MY21 Badlands, SAS, 2.7 auto, 4 door, soft top, Cactus Gray, no reservation, ordered 9/11/21, Took delivery 1/8/22!
Chief Ron, Tricky Dick

Bailing forward!

Jun 25, 2023

#12
Finally done!

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TechnicalDisaster, Roughstock11

Bailing forward!

Jul 10, 2023

#13
Cruised the Dragon. Pulled over for a break because some Harleys were holding up the show.

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Eninty, Chief Ron

Rank VI

Jul 10, 2023

#14
Looking good! I'm your long lost brother as mine is a 2 door VB 2 door 7 speed MT that was stuck in dirt mountain from early July 2021 until mid October 2021. Still love mine nearly 2 years later!
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Even have my "Dirt Mountain" sticker on the hard top to remind me where we came from lol
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MY21 2dr Black Diamond 7MT Velocity Blue!
Chief Ron, Deano Bronc

Bailing forward!

Jul 20, 2023

#15
So I've made a difficult decision. I can't ignore the allure of early Broncos anymore but I can't justify having both, so I'll be selling the 6G in the coming months.
Chief Ron, Deano Bronc

Shaken Not Stirred

Jul 20, 2023

#16
So I've made a difficult decision. I can't ignore the allure of early Broncos anymore but I can't justify having both, so I'll be selling the 6G in the coming months.

I hear what you're saying. You've definitely had your share of fun with your 6th gen Bronco. I "discovered" the vintage Broncos when I started pining over the latest one. In a perfect world, I'd have one of each! I wish you the best and hope that you can get/keep at least one Bronco in your stable.
2023 Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch • 2-Door • Velocity Blue • 2.7L V6 • 10-Speed • Lux • Various Mods...
Something witty.
Chief Ron, Deano Bronc

O-===-O BRONCO, Trail Rated is standard

Jul 20, 2023

#17
Did the Dirt Mountain name catch on over here too?

Anyway, this is my 21 2dr Badlands, 2.3 7MT, non-Sas, VB, high package, with tow. I got my reservation in about 3 hours after it opened up way back on that fateful night. I was first given a VIN in April of 21, with a build date that kept getting pushed out before landing on August 9th, 2021. Then the hard top fiasco blew up and it was banished to Dirt Mountain.

Fast forward to February 1st, 2022, I was tied for last known Bronco off Dirt Mountain and I finally took delivery. I quickly put a Bestop and Mickey Thompson 35s on it. 3 months later I sucked up a rock into the wheel well while wheeling Compressor Creek in north Idaho which resulted in $5000 in repairs.

Since then I've been modifying it constantly and breaking something nearly every time I wheel it. One thing I never did break was a tie rod, but being concerned about it and finding that OEM tie rods were on back order, I started looking for alternatives and discovered the now famous Ranger tie rod.

That tie rod ended up snowballing into a full fledged business as I came up with a complete repair kit. That's a topic for another post.

Currently it's sitting on Icon EXPs in the front and stock Bilsteins in the back with a 1" spacer, all with 4dr V6 springs. I had a Warn Evo10 on a RC high mount but bent the mount and my frame, so now I'm building my own front bumper with tucked in winch mount. I have a JKS high clearance kit to install.

I'm shopping for some 37s to go with my new clearance. I had a set of 37x14.5x17 SX2s that I tried to put on some Sas wheels with true beadlock rings but they are too wide and the bead is too thick. Thinking about getting Patagonias now.








Sorry about the hard kn(r)ocks! But the rig and photos are amazing!
Chief Ron

O-===-O BRONCO, Trail Rated is standard

Jul 20, 2023

#18
I hear what you're saying. You've definitely had your share of fun with your 6th gen Bronco. I "discovered" the vintage Broncos when I started pining over the latest one. In a perfect world, I'd have one of each! I wish you the best and hope that you can get/keep at least one Bronco in your stable.

Me neither but I need a daily driver that they aren't well suited to and they are far too nice and expensive to destroy offroad. I should have collected these over the years when I admired them but my first love was the Mustang and I had to pursue those passions first. 1964-66 sure were good years in the automotive world and @Ford Motor Company revolutionized the world!
Chief Ron, Deano Bronc

Bailing forward!

Jul 20, 2023

#19
Me neither but I need a daily driver that they aren't well suited to and they are far too nice and expensive to destroy offroad. I should have collected these over the years when I admired them but my first love was the Mustang and I had to pursue those passions first. 1964-66 sure were good years in the automotive world and @Ford Motor Company revolutionized the world!

Oh I'll still daily and wheel it, I've had worse. The trick is to keep about 3 "classics" you can rotate through as they break down.
Chief Ron, Deano Bronc

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