What to Look Out for When Buying a Ford Bronco Transfer Case?
OEM vs Aftermarket
The first decision you need to make is to choose between an OEM or an aftermarket transfer case.
Ford Bronco OEM transfer cases are built and designed by the same manufacturer who provided the factory transfer case which means that these are not going to change your initial experience in any way.
An aftermarket Ford Bronco transfer case can be made just as a replacement for the factory part which means that it also retains the same experience, but it can also offer a whole host of upgrades as well.
Either way, you should do your homework before you decide to buy a new transfer case by comparing different types, both OEM and aftermarket.
Transfer Case Type (4WD)
Whatever you do, make sure that the transfer case provides the 4-wheel drive (4WD) capability required for how you tend to use your Bronco.
Different transfer cases may offer different modes, such as 2WD, 4WD high range, or 4WD low range (4Lo). Consider your driving needs and the terrain you want to drive on and choose a transfer case that offers the desired range of capabilities.
We also need to keep in mind that the new Bronco comes with two transfer case options: a part-time 4x4 transfer case in the Base and Big Bend Bronco models and an Advanced 4x4 Transfer Case with the Badlands and the Wildtrak Bronco.
The former allows you to switch between 2WD and 4WD while the latter gives you the ability to engage 4Lo, 2H,4H, and certain other special features.
Quality and Reliability
Robust Ford Bronco transfer case materials are essential for enduring the vibrations, impacts, and torque loads that come with navigating challenging terrains.
Only consider units made out of steel, cast iron, or aluminum alloy as these should be able to withstand most of the environments a Bronco tends to drive in.
Sealing and waterproofing are also essential, so look for transfer cases with quality-made gaskets, O-rings, and seals that aren’t going to let water in.
Corrosion resistance is important if you prefer steel while reinforced mounting points are also a good idea if you often rock crawl or you run a particularly modified Bronco.
Last, but not least, you can also consider going for a cooling system with cooling fins and heat exchangers which can dissipate heat effectively if you spend a lot of time driving off-road.