With all hands at Off-Road.com waiting (im)patiently for the 2021 Ford Bronco to begin production later this year, we’re glad to learn everything we can about the upcoming Wrangler-fighter. Thanks to a dusty corner of the Ford fleet site, we’ve unearthed a Quick Reference Guide that gives us some insight into common Bronco functions – including door removal.
Most of the guide discusses features and items that have already been revealed either through official channels or clandestine screen shots on fan forums. The too-cool digital gauge cluster is present and accounted for, along with details about the can’t-wait-to-try it Trail Turn Assist (good up to 12mph, by the way). It is also good to learn a ‘dig’ can be performed in either 4H or 4L.
A very interesting tidbit in the new reference guide centers on the process to remove Ford Bronco’s doors. It is one of its signature features after all, one that takes a unique selling point away from Jeep. According to the guide, the process will be similar to Wrangler but with a few notable differences.
First, there will be a door concealing the wiring harness connector, which is an improvement over the tethered plastic panel on Wrangler/Gladiator. Secondly, all hardware removed during the process can be stored in the supplied tool pouch. This differs from Wrangler in that the tool pouch is for tools alone while the hardware is stored in a compartment under the seat. We’re not sure if Ford’s approach is a good or bad take – one could argue it’s better to keep everything together but it’s also easier to lose a pouch than a permanent box in the vehicle.
Here’s the interesting bit: when it comes to re-installing the doors, Ford makes specific mention of the need to install an ‘alignment pin’ for the lower hinge. This is in addition to the hinges themselves. After the door is placed into the upper and lower hinges, instructions say to remove this lower alignment pin and carry on with installation. The guide also recommends two people be on hand to install the doors, something not needed on a Jeep.
The suggestion of a second person could simply be to placate a bedwetting lawyer who’s frightened of getting sued into oblivion by morons who get their fingers pinched. However, the alignment pin might very well be a new and unwelcome step to doors-free off-road fun. Or it might simply be a minor detail. We’ll have to wait and see.
It’s also cool to learn there will at least be the option of removable fender flares; simply turn a quintet of clips to take them off. We wonder if there might spur a sudden rash of theft, causing thousands of new Broncos to run around flare-less and naked.
The new Ford Bronco is scheduled to begin rolling off the production line in May.