What to Look Out for When Buying Ford Bronco Suspension System Upgrades?
1 to 2 Inch Lift vs 3 to 4 Inch Lift
When deciding between a 1 to 2-inch lift and a 3 to 4-inch lift for your Ford Bronco, it's important to consider your specific needs and where you plan on driving your Bronco.
A 3 to 4-inch lift offers significantly more ground clearance, making it ideal for tackling challenging off-road terrains with larger rocks, deep ruts, and steep inclines.
It also allows for the installation of larger tires, further enhancing off-road capability and providing a more aggressive look with significantly better departure and approach angles.
However, it's worth noting that a higher lift can impact on-road comfort and handling, with a potential increase in the vehicle's center of gravity.
On the other hand, a 1 to 2-inch lift offers a more subtle increase in clearance and tire size, striking a balance between off-road capability and on-road comfort by maintaining better stability at highway speeds.
Stiffness and Body Control
A stiffer suspension can offer several benefits, particularly in terms of handling and responsiveness by making your Ford Bronco more poised on all surfaces.
It greatly reduces body roll during cornering, providing a more controlled and confident feel on the road and off the road.
Stiffer suspension components can also minimize squat and dive under acceleration and braking, respectively, keeping the vehicle more stable and balanced.
Body control refers to how well the Ford Bronco maintains its composure over various road conditions.
A suspension system with good body control helps to minimize excessive bouncing, pitching, or rolling, ensuring a smoother and more comfortable ride.
Looks and Other Mods
Let’s face it, lifting a Bronco looks amazing, and many people just want a lift kit because of that, and there is nothing wrong with that.
On the other hand, you should also keep in mind that your new suspension system needs to be compatible with all the other mods you plan on doing in the future.
Equipping your Bronco with larger tires is a prime example as a 3 or 4-inch kit is going to be able to accommodate much larger tires compared to a small 1-inch lift.
Build Materials and Durability
Steel is best for components such as coil springs, control arms, and sway bars while aluminum is mostly used for strut towers or knuckles.
Billet suspension parts are machined from a solid piece of aluminum or steel and are renowned for durability which is why many people prefer these for control arms and strut mounts.
For bushings and rubbery bits, polyurethane is a great synthetic material as it offers excellent resistance to wear, moisture, dirt, and debris.