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why would anyone buy a bronco?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by aaaaggh, Nov 1, 2001.

  1. aaaaggh

    aaaaggh 1/2 ton status

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    i want to know why anyone would buy a ttb bronco over a k5. ive owned both and while neither would be on teh top of my 4x buying lists (sorry) id sure as heck pick a k5 over a bronco for pretty much anything. i guess k5s would come in about 4 on my all purpose daily driver 4x list, 2nd on my knock around hunting truck list, and 3rd on my offroad list. a bronco would come in about last on every list. so tell me why on earth do people buy them?
    btw if you know one of these misguided souls send them my way i have a bronco to get rid of.

    would you mind un-wedging your fullsize from between those trees? your blocking the trail.
     
  2. Jason73K5

    Jason73K5 1/2 ton status

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    If the choice was between a '76+ Blazer and a TTB Bronco, I'd probably go for the Bronco. I think they look much better with the top off, the rest doesn't matter because not much would stay factory on my truck, Chevy or Ford. But you just can't beat the looks of a '69-75 K-5 or a '66-77 Bronco!

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  3. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    I know it's all opinion and everything, but I think the 78' and up Broncos look extremely stupid with their tops off. K5's from 69' to 91' look sooo much better in my opinion. My buddy with a 79' Bronco use to ride without the top all the time....he kept saying how gay it looked without the top; I agreed.....
    As far as the look of the 69 to 75'. I understand the look of the 69' to 72' is very unique and looks awesome...but come one, you can't class out 73' to 75' just on looks. The 73' and up looks all the same (with minor headlight and grill changes), except the fact that the 73' to 75' is full convert. But the overall body and shape is the same.

    But as far as anyone buying a bronco...I have no clue.[​IMG]
    Boss

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  4. Leadfoot

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    They might do it to show there kids what NOT to buy! , or better yet to piss off the neighbors.

    *neighbors* "What kind of piss-o-shi#" did Ed by now?"

    Can be used as a portable outhouse. Fill 'er up and then push her down the hill.[​IMG]

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  5. michaelm

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    they probably want a vehicle with a frame that doesnt crack and rip shock mounts out of the 'high strength steel'
    maybe they understand the benefits of a long runner EFI intake over a TBI.
    perhaps the ride quality of a coil spring front end appeals higher then 1900s spring technology.
     
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    Leadfoot 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    77chev does have some good points [​IMG].
    I will still stick with a K5 though.
    The frame means you can have more flex (less rigid), the leaf springs seem to be more stable for high speed use (that's why they have been in use since the 1800's), and you can fit a long runner tpi/mpi into a K5 if you would like....
    I am not trying to start any pissing contests here, just poking a little fun (we all do from time to time). A laugh a day goes a long way [​IMG].
    Let's keep it civil [​IMG]

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  7. kumma

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    To be like OJ? I remember seeing lots of them around back then.

    "Why is there a <font color=red>watermelon</font color=red> here?"
     
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    I'd like to pick one up to tinker with - the TTB can be built for huge travel, with very little investment. The problem with Broncos is that once the E40D and other goodies finally got worked out, the Bronco was in it's twilight (around 94) The 80-84 were lemons for the most part, and the EFI wasn't completely straightened out until 87, which were ugly as sin, but functional until 92, and the 92/93's had major electrical gremlins. The 94-96 were awesome rigs - and would be probably the best selling rig out there today, since there isn't a 2 door, fullsized utility rig out there anymore. Credit goes to Ford for keeping the breed alive for 5 years longer than GM or Chrysler.

    ......And knowing is half the battle
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  9. 76chevy

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    Bronco's are decent vehicles. I'm a Chevy man myself but I have seen some nicely built broncos. You also have to remember that the newer the vehicle, the less they are built for offroad. They are built for looks and what the majority of the people want. Smooth rides, large size, decent power, 4 doors, low step in heights, etc. Most will only see an occasional dirt road on wich the coil suspension rides much better than our straight axles. I wish my truck was as smooth as my Honda offroad. I'd be going everywhere I could think of. For now I have to give my kidneys and back a rest between each trip.

    About the only thing in the 4x4 market for the mass public is a Jeep. Even then you still need to add a lift and bigger tires. If you get real serious you end up putting a Blazer under the Jeep body.

    There will always be us and them. Apple VS. Microsoft, Pepsi VS. Coke, etc. It is what makes us great as a nation. We have a choice.

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    I guess they do. None of that stuff has happened to me, and I like leaf springs anyway. You probably would too if yours weren't made in Canada [​IMG]

    Still Poundin' "pavment" after all these years!!! [​IMG]
     
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    77wheeler.....yes they may have coil springs in the front, but what about that twin i-beam crap?
     
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    stock vs stock
    the 302 is abetter motor than a 305
    any axle under a ford beats a 10 bolt
    in order to out wheel my friends 85 ford bronco
    it took an arb ,lockright,6"lift ,swaybar disconnects,and a new 350(i did them all at about the same time )but the blazers better looking and i didn't realy need that extra $5,000 anyway
    what years your bronco and how much
     
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    As much as you must hate to admit it, it's probably because everyone has different opinions on what they like and want to drive. I just dont get all the ford vs chevy junk. I've got one of both, and both are decent trucks. There's some ford fans, and some chevy fans. So what? You must be a communist in disguise, dreaming of the perfect blue world where everyone looks the same, dresses the same, and does everything the same! :rolleyes:

    [​IMG][​IMG] I"m just giving you hell, but think about it, if all the ford fans turned chevy, blazers would be as scarce as D60s to buy and as plentiful as Exploders on the road. And wouldn't that SUCK!

    Sherman, Tx
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  14. BadDog

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    Here here Laketex! They both make good toys. The primary reasons I choose Chevy is (in order):

    1) Interchange!
    2) I prefer the looks in *most* years.
    3) General ease of maintenance.

    Most Ford trucks (not cars IMHO, I hate almost all the Ford cars) are quite capable and dependable. Each brand has their own shortcomings that we all spend a great deal of time and money overcoming. I just refuse to pay/look for the hard to find parts and deal with the PITA differences that make the right part hard to find (and $$$$) for a Ford.

    Russ

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    well....i think i would pick a 78-79 bronco over a k5 cause its got decent factory axles, 44 front and 9" rear, can be had with an np 435 transmission, most have an np 205 t-case, some even had 429's, though most had the not too good 351m and 400m. one other thing is the front suspension which can be made to have a lotta flex cause of the coil springs. however the chevy's interchangability is also a really good point. they also, most have a better engine than a bronco, unless the bronco has a 429. just my thoughts.


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    I believe the wheel is much more of ancient design than the leaf spring and we keep using that outdated design, lol. Just messin with ya. If you want a cushy coil spring ride than you might as well get some IFS equipped turd or buy a caddy.

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    Twin I beam crap huh?
    Take a gander....
    http://www.class8.org/images/dbr-barstow300-5.jpg
    http://www.class8.org/multimedia.htm
    The truck up top in the banner is TTB.
    And check out my website down below and go to the desert racing galleries. A lot of I beam rigs in there.

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    Twin I beam crap huh?
    Take a gander....
    http://www.class8.org/multimedia.htm
    The truck up top in the banner is TTB.
    And check out my website down below and go to the desert racing galleries. A lot of I beam rigs in there.

    Bubba Ray Boudreaux,
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    ^^^^ that truck is so far from stock its not worth considering in this question. by that standard i could put up a pic of a baja race truck and say look how cool ifs if.
    since there seams to be so many bronco lovers here why cant i find one to by my pos? its not like i tell them about how the radius arm came completely out of the crossmember, or how it has 0 flex, not enough power to pull a fat girl off a tricycle, and anti lock brakes that lock everytime it rains. plus that fact that it rides like a buckbard.

    would you mind un-wedging your fullsize from between those trees? your blocking the trail.
     
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    I happen to be the rarity that actually likes the TTB. It is the only kind of IFS to actually have and tolerate. It's all U-joint, not CV's like a front wheel drive car. And yes, they have flex and ride better than springs. My BII rides better and out-flexes my Jimmy (both are stock). However, leaf springs are easier to maintain and lift, not to mention a heck of a lot easier to get a front alignment on (the only true PITA on the TTB). However, unless you're talking '78-'79, the drivetrains aren't as good as GM's.

    I used to drive a '95 Bronco at work. The 4R70W auto just sucked all the power out of the 302 and the anti-lock brakes were scary, but is still rode smoother and handled a bit better than my Jimmy. However, there was nothing like jumping in the Jimmy at the end of the day and nailing the gas and actually going somewhere.
    All in all, from driving both at the same time, there about equal, what Ford has good, GM doesn't and vice-versa.

    90 GMC Jimmy, 350 TBI, 700R4, 32's, D.O.D.
    84 Bronco II 210,000 smoking and going.........
     

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