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On 9/26/2020 at 9:45 AM, utee94 said:

Yeah, but the Bronco looks way cooler and the top and doors come off. :)

 

No argument there.  I like the Ranger's looks, but the Bronco is in another league.

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On 10/1/2020 at 9:22 AM, smuggs said:

Official Bronco configurator should be available this month on the Ford site. This interactive garage site lets you customize and play around with it in the meantime:

https://www.interactivegarage.com/interactive-garage-demo/

 

6" Teraflex, Warn stinger and Falken Wildpeak 37's:

 

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This will ensure I get nothing done today.

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My wife is adamant we need one. I agree but I am also adamant we have a system of buying a car outright and taking that fucker the end. She isn't happy she has 3 more years. Cars last 10 years or 200k miles then we get a new one. I grew up with parents that follow the rule and I have followed the rule. Idk if it is cost effective, but I follow the golden rule and I make the gold. Plus it is a slippery slope to start the whole new car every 2 years. F that. I want one of those so bad though. 

Tl;dr we will get one mid next year.

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Holding on to my stock 13 Wrangler Unlimited until the spring. Then it’s either Bronco or truck. Want to see and drive a Bronco. I’m a 6’3 bigger (not huge fat but big) guy so I want a little more driver cabin room and not feel like my head is above the frame when I sit up.

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1 hour ago, Anton Chigurh said:

That Hummer EV looked pretty cool.

Indeed. Diagonal driving, roof panels come off and goes in the front trunk, pretty sweet.

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Im loving my cheap leve kit / fix. Truck looks great.

same for the amp steps, great upgrade 

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12 hours ago, tx 3 putt said:

Im loving my cheap leve kit / fix. Truck looks great.

same for the amp steps, great upgrade 

What did you use?

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I picked up my first truck (outside of oilfield work trucks) last week. Ended up in a F150 lariat with the eco boost. It’s a nice ride.. and plenty of room in the back seat for friends or the hound dog. Took it to moab last weekend to break it in a little. Looking forward to getting up into the mountains around Denver here this winter in it. 

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I picked up my first truck (outside of oilfield work trucks) last week. Ended up in a F150 lariat with the eco boost. It’s a nice ride.. and plenty of room in the back seat for friends or the hound dog. Took it to moab last weekend to break it in a little. Looking forward to getting up into the mountains around Denver here this winter in it. 
If you're going to be in the mountains a lot, might want to swap out rubber. What's on it now?

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My F150 is over 15 years old so I'm starting to get the itch for a new one. Looking at new 2020 Lariat or Platinum models as there seems to be some deals ahead of the 2021s.  Based on some previous posts about engine issues would people recommend opting for the V8 versus the 3.5 V6 EcoBoost?

Any smoking deals that you know of? I saw Platinums advertised in the low 50s at Maxwell this week and might go take a look.

My current truck has the 5.4L V8 and (knocks on wood) I've never had any real issues. New tiers, brakes and some typical maintenance and it's been great.

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17 hours ago, Chewbacca said:
20 hours ago, Johnny Chimpo said:
I picked up my first truck (outside of oilfield work trucks) last week. Ended up in a F150 lariat with the eco boost. It’s a nice ride.. and plenty of room in the back seat for friends or the hound dog. Took it to moab last weekend to break it in a little. Looking forward to getting up into the mountains around Denver here this winter in it. 

If you're going to be in the mountains a lot, might want to swap out rubber. What's on it now?

Got the oem rubber on there of course. Goodyear wrangler all seasons I think? 
 

57 minutes ago, ZB'Tejas said:

My F150 is over 15 years old so I'm starting to get the itch for a new one. Looking at new 2020 Lariat or Platinum models as there seems to be some deals ahead of the 2021s.  Based on some previous posts about engine issues would people recommend opting for the V8 versus the 3.5 V6 EcoBoost?

Any smoking deals that you know of? I saw Platinums advertised in the low 50s at Maxwell this week and might go take a look.

My current truck has the 5.4L V8 and (knocks on wood) I've never had any real issues. New tiers, brakes and some typical maintenance and it's been great.

I went with the v6 after test driving both it and the v8. I know that based on the stats they are almost the same but i felt a pretty big difference in the butt dyno when I was driving. I think the boost helps the v6 a lot at altitude. I got mine for under invoice, they are definitely pushing the 2020s out the door to make way for the 2021 models. 
 

As far as long term reliability goes I would imagine the v8 would be a winner... but I would hope not to see much of a difference before passing 100k miles at least. As always the big thing is to just keep up with the preventive maintenance schedules. I did a fair bit of research online and didn’t find anything to push me away from the v6. 

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Anyone has a recent Chevy or GMC? My buddy just got a Denali which looks great but I've only driven a Ford for so many years I've never really looked into anything else. Also pricing on the Chevy seems nice and they have some really good financing specials out there.

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I went with the v6 after test driving both it and the v8. I know that based on the stats they are almost the same but i felt a pretty big difference in the butt dyno when I was driving. I think the boost helps the v6 a lot at altitude. I got mine for under invoice, they are definitely pushing the 2020s out the door to make way for the 2021 models. 
 
As far as long term reliability goes I would imagine the v8 would be a winner... but I would hope not to see much of a difference before passing 100k miles at least. As always the big thing is to just keep up with the preventive maintenance schedules. I did a fair bit of research online and didn’t find anything to push me away from the v6. 
50/50 whether they are worth a shit. Might want to try them out. If they suck, i can highly recommend Michelin Defender LTX M/S if you want all seasons or Falken Wildpeak AT3W if you want an all terrain. I have both and they are both very good in snow.
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Thanks man. Yea I’m sure you’re right... never gonna get the good stuff off a mass production line. I’ll mark that post. Might get a little chance to try them out this weekend. 

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19 hours ago, PittsburghTiger said:

This was in the parking lot last night. It was pretty cool. A Dodge Ram diesel.

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gayer than Clay AIken and Elton John in a bubble bath.

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The ecoboost has more torgue. You can feel it off the line, where I think the 5.0 has the more midrange power.

I've towed my 8600lb camper with my 3.5 and it pulled it like a champ. The issues that they have are covered under warranty.  After the crap I had with my dodge, I get the 100k extended warranty anyway.

I couldn't be happier with mine. Just wish I would've got the lariat over the XLT, but even so it's still pretty loaded.

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9 minutes ago, Gil Bang said:

gayer than Clay AIken and Elton John in a bubble bath.

NTTIAWWT.  You could build a pretty accurate demographic off of that pic alone.

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35 minutes ago, davidg said:

NTTIAWWT.  You could build a pretty accurate demographic off of that pic alone.

Looks like Katy TX

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4 hours ago, ZB'Tejas said:

My F150 is over 15 years old so I'm starting to get the itch for a new one. Looking at new 2020 Lariat or Platinum models as there seems to be some deals ahead of the 2021s.  Based on some previous posts about engine issues would people recommend opting for the V8 versus the 3.5 V6 EcoBoost?

Any smoking deals that you know of? I saw Platinums advertised in the low 50s at Maxwell this week and might go take a look.

My current truck has the 5.4L V8 and (knocks on wood) I've never had any real issues. New tiers, brakes and some typical maintenance and it's been great.

I have a 2015 F150 Platium FX4 with the 3.5L ecoboost (and max towing pkg).  I absolutely love the way it drives, and the way it tows-- so much better than any V8 gasser I've ever towed with.  The torque from the boost makes a tremendous difference.

I didn't care at all about the trim level, but my wife liked the Platinum with all the gadgets and the double sunroof and leather seats and everything, so that's what we got.

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Coworker bought a ‘20 350 platinum last night.  Giving me the bug.  Still like my old wheels, but the massaging seats are nice af. 75k tho, oof. 

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$56,000? Holy shit! You could get a great 80 series and completely refurbish it for that.

That is the rarest one though to be fair (the trail teams in general).

There was another that had been owned by Jerry Seinfeld a month or two ago. It was a 6 speed and had 3k miles but it went for $68k.

If you could find a 3k mile 80 or 100 it would go for an insane price as well.

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54 minutes ago, Anton Chigurh said:


That is the rarest one though to be fair (the trail teams in general).

There was another that had been owned by Jerry Seinfeld a month or two ago. It was a 6 speed and had 3k miles but it went for $68k.

If you could find a 3k mile 80 or 100 it would go for an insane price as well.

Yes but they are also far superior vehicles. 

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Actually I would worry about a 80 series with only 3k miles. It would probably be totally dry rotted. But I'd scoop one up with 100k if I could find one in good shape. 

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7 hours ago, smuggs said:

Bronco build and price is live but still buggy. Sasquatch pack cannot be added with manual trans is the major glitch right now.

My Badlands build is 48,580... 53,438 out the door. Fuuuck.

 

https://shop.ford.com/configure/bronco/model/customize/badlands

 

Is ok, my wife told me when I got home the one she wanted was only 60k. For a vehicle she will use 10% of its capabilities. She is like the jeep bros that drop 40k in upgrades just to troll around parking lots. I played the rough day angle and now I am out back with the dog about to start a fire and drink whiskey by myself. Good times.

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2 hours ago, BHMCruiser said:

$56,000? Holy shit! You could get a great 80 series and completely refurbish it for that.

Or you could get

8 hours ago, smuggs said:

Bronco build and price is live but still buggy. Sasquatch pack cannot be added with manual trans is the major glitch right now.

My Badlands build is 48,580... 53,438 out the door. Fuuuck.

 

https://shop.ford.com/configure/bronco/model/customize/badlands

 

 

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I liked my 6 speed 2015 eco boost platinum more than I like my 2018 10 speed eco boost platinum. Interior is the same. The Ford transmission slip is more noticeable with the 10 speed. Gas mileage isn’t as good as advertised on either, but the get up and go with the eco boost is better than the V8. Both of mine have been 4WD tow package FX4 so weight is a bit heavier. I don’t haul so can’t comment on the tow package but you don’t buy the platinum level without it and ruin re-sale value. Does good on the beach tho...

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I have the 20 Platinum w/ Eco Boost, 10 speed, 35 gallon tank.  I get around 12 mpg in town and 16 on the highway.  Made 2 trips to Colorado this year already and a steady 16 mpg.  If I drove slower, maybe the mileage would be better.  Running 80-85 most of the way and RPM is right around 2100.  If I ran around 65, I think the mpg would be closer to 18.  My buddy has same ride with V8 and gets a little over 20 on trips to his place in NM.  The Eco has much better power in the mountains.

 

 

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50/50 whether they are worth a shit. Might want to try them out. If they suck, i can highly recommend Michelin Defender LTX M/S if you want all seasons or Falken Wildpeak AT3W if you want an all terrain. I have both and they are both very good in snow.
Since you have both lemme ask a question: how do they compare in terms of ride quality and road noise?

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Since you have both lemme ask a question: how do they compare in terms of ride quality and road noise?
Defenders ride better (softer) because they are a passenger tire. Falkens are LT tires with stiffer sidewalls. If you plan on doing any offroading, the Falkens are the better choice.

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16 hours ago, bigshark88 said:
On 10/22/2020 at 9:22 AM, Chewbacca said:
50/50 whether they are worth a shit. Might want to try them out. If they suck, i can highly recommend Michelin Defender LTX M/S if you want all seasons or Falken Wildpeak AT3W if you want an all terrain. I have both and they are both very good in snow.

Since you have both lemme ask a question: how do they compare in terms of ride quality and road noise?

Realized I didn't answer about the noise.  I have the Falkens on my 02 Landcruiser and the Defenders on the wife's QX80 so I don't know if I can really answer that.  The LC is just so much louder than the Infiniti I can't really tell what is tires and what is just the truck.

I would say they are both comparable in the snow.  Maybe a small edge to the Defenders, but it's close.

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I’m just getting into snow driving with my geolanders and it’s the first year with the f250 so I can’t compare to previous years, but they are quieter than KO2s for sure. Wet seems good, dirt is fine, I got through a little mud yesterday with a fair amount of spinning in 2wd but going back i locked the rear and used 4h and drove through without feeling any slip. 

 

they definitely don’t look as aggressive as the KO2s. 
mine are the G015. They have something like a 65,000 mile warranty. 
 

The more aggressive would be the X-AT that might be the better comparison to wild peaks or KO2s. 

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On 10/22/2020 at 10:15 AM, ZB'Tejas said:

Anyone has a recent Chevy or GMC? My buddy just got a Denali which looks great but I've only driven a Ford for so many years I've never really looked into anything else. Also pricing on the Chevy seems nice and they have some really good financing specials out there.

I recently purchased 2020 Silverado Crew LT 4WD Z71 Texas Edition.  Prior to this I drove a 2006 GMC Sierra Crew Cab and a 2010 Silverado Texas Edition Crew Cab.  All have had V8's.  My son still drives the 2006 as a secondary truck.  I traded the 2010 in.  It had about 175K miles on it.

The Ford dealers would not work with me at all.  Chevy was more than willing to negotiate.

To break the new truck in a recently I did a round trip in it from NE Texas to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.  I even had to negotiate 6 to 8" of snow on the road driving over the Chief Joseph Highway for 40 plus miles (unusual for a Texan). Leaving Jackson it was snowing again and the roads were slushy.  It rode and handled great.  The factory tires are Bridgestone Dueler A/T 275/60R20's.  I also got the 5.3L EcoTech V8; 8-speed Auto; Tow Package; All-weather mats; Dark Essential Trim Package; Running Boards; Spray-on Bedliner; etc.  I love it.

I am surprised at how much I enjoy the All-weather mats.  It was great on the trip because there was a lot of snow and mud being tracked into the truck.  Easy clean up and did not have to worry about the carpet.  It also has fairly nice storage under the seats and in the rear seat backs.

Will be doing a round trip to North Carolina in it around Thanksgiving and then out West again in December for more camping and hiking.

I have since removed some of the dealer marketing/advertisement stickers.

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1 hour ago, mininghorn88 said:

I even had to negotiate 6 to 8" of snow on the road driving over the Chief Joseph Highway for 40 plus miles (unusual for a Texan)

Such a great drive. 

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1 minute ago, Pato del Muerto said:

Such a great drive. 

Unfortunately you could not see more than a couple of hundred yards due to the snow and cloud cover so there was no view.  I had made the drive in May a couple of years ago so I knew the potential.  Unfortunately it was my girlfriend's first road trip to that area so the drive was a bit tense (steep grade/snow) for her plus no view!

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