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$100k Bronco Build: The Gator Stage 5

Extreme Terrain Staff

Extreme Terrain Staff

 / Aug 13 2023
$100k Bronco Build: The Gator Stage 5

Off-Roading Our 2023 Ford Bronco Build! Finishing Touches & Getting Muddy – STAGE 5

Revving Up the Excitement: Off-Roading the 2023 Ford Bronco Build!

Our team at has been hard at work, and in this blog post, we're taking you through all the mud-splattering, seat-installing, and obstacle-conquering action that went down in the 5th installment of our build series.

Off-Roading the 2023 Ford Bronco Build

Unveiling the Beast: A Sneak Peek at the Finishing Touches

With anticipation at an all-time high, our hosts, Justin and Joe, dive right into the action. At the finish line of this epic journey, they put the final touches on the Gator build before its grand debut at a car show. But that's not all! The true test of this bad machine awaits: an off-road escapade at Roush Creek. It's all about those small but impactful modifications that set this Bronco apart from the rest. First up? Custom embroidered seats that add a touch of uniqueness to the interior. These seats not only feature subtle embroidery but also ditch the standard Bronco embossment for a more distinct style.

Ford Bronco 2023 Custom embroidered seats

Protection & Style: Upgrades for the Interior

Rough Country, a name synonymous with quality off-road gear, steps up to the plate with essential gear. They've not only equipped us with camping essentials but also thrown in a set of floor liners. Perfect for those rubber-floored rides, these liners add an extra layer of protection. They're not just about style; they're about convenience too. No more rushing to drain plugs and hosing things out—just pull out the mats and let the hose do its thing.

Ford Bronco 2023 set of floor liners

Adding Character: Swapping Out for Style

In the world of off-roading, even the smallest details matter. Justin and Joe didn't miss a beat as they swapped out the factory antenna for a RedRock Off-Road option. Not only does it offer a sleeker profile, but it also adds a bit of flexibility. No more snapping antennas on tree limbs; this one can handle a bit of flexing without giving up the fight. And let's not forget the tail light covers, providing protection while seamlessly complementing the Morimoto headlights with their smoked-out aesthetic.

Ford Bronco RedRock Off-Road Black Antenna

Fortifying the Foundation: Gearing Up for Tough Terrain

Off-road enthusiasts know that your rig is only as good as its weakest link. The Broncbuster tie rod brace set, crafted from robust 6061 billet aluminum, tackles a notorious weak spot—the factory tie rods. With this upgrade, the Gator build is poised to tackle tough trails and demanding terrain without breaking a sweat. This brace acts like a protective sleeve, ensuring that the tie rods stand strong and keep the Bronco running smoothly on the trails.

The Broncbuster tie rod brace set on a Ford Bronco

Roaring to Life: Unveiling the Gator Build

The moment of truth arrives at the Turn5 Charity Auto Show, where the Gator build is finally unveiled. Thanks to our in-house vinyl guru, Smitty, this Bronco bears a unique name and an exclusive Gator badge. The crowd's reaction says it all—the Gator is an instant hit, capturing attention with its distinctive design. However, there's one challenge: it's a bit too clean. But don't worry, we've got a solution for that.

Ford Bronco exclusive Gator badge

From Car Show Glam to Off-Road Slam: Conquering Roush Creek

Leaving the pristine show floor behind, it's time to get down and dirty at Roush Creek, our local off-road haven. The Gator's mettle is tested on rocky trails, climbs, and even water crossings. With its Icon suspension, Mickey Thompson Baja Boss 37s, and a fearless attitude, the Gator takes everything in its stride. From crawling over rocks to tackling steep climbs, this Bronco proves its mettle, handling each challenge with style.

Mickey Thompson Baja Boss 37s on a Ford Bronco

A Trail-Worthy Conclusion: Dominating the Off-Road

Our day at Roush Creek wraps up with a resounding success. With a blend of rugged upgrades and thoughtful modifications, the Gator tackled everything thrown its way. The high-quality parts from our partners helped this Bronco shine, and we can't wait to see who the lucky winner will be!

Ford Bronco Gator Build Dominating the Off-Road

So there you have it, folks—another chapter in the thrilling journey of the Gator build. Stay tuned to for more epic builds, off-road adventures, and all things auto enthusiast! And remember, every dollar spent on our site gets you an entry to win the Gator. Whether you're going big or just dipping your toes, you've got a shot at taking this beast home. Until next time, keep those engines revving and those tires spinning!

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