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Re: recovery hooks?
Mine's mostly a mileage mastering commuter now, spending most of it's life at 75mph on pavement. It ain't a mountain goat anymore, like it was in the Arctic with the big meats on it.
That sway bar, and it's partner out back, have urethane bushings and I can "leave" most cars in corners such as on ramp clovers.
For all intents and purposes my 86 is now a concert hall on wheels that gets me in and out of the city and gets phenominal mileage (for a bronco) doing it.
IMO my bronco, set up the way it is, is the ultimate urban vehicle. It's so short it's a dream to park, even parallel park. It pulls a U turn in two lanes.
I'm just at 6'-0" with the Winter tires and less with the Summers, so it goes into parking garages no troubles. I take great pleasure in parking the "small vehicle" spots undergound as, with careful parking, I can take up less of a footprint than the Niponese subcompact besides me(lengthwise, if not widthwise).
Also a 5.0 litre's exhaust sounds great between the buildings as you open it up at a light to snuff out the hopes, dreams and pride of some ricer.
There's a lot of J-walkers in the city, but even the boldest don't even think of darting in front of the Bronco. Same with cars. Nobody edges their nose out trying to cut in front of her either.
I love the looks on people's faces at the underground grocery store parking lots as you open "the cavern" when you drop the tailgate to load the groceries into. I always get a comment from them like "my car would fit in there !".
There's plenty of other urban advantages such as line of sight. I can see traffic jams miles ahead because we sit so high.
What car can drive over the centre median and U-turn it's way out of gridlock.
I once got out, during a 10 minute standstill gridlock, calmly locked the hubs, slapped her in low lock and crawled down through the ditch, up over the 20 foot burm, never to be seen again by the hundreds still stuck in gridlock.
I came down the other side onto a parallel secondary road, down into the ditch, up onto the road, unlocked the hubs and drove away passing a cop seconds later who was none the wiser of my little stunt !
And who can forget the pleasure of filling up at a downtown gas station. The owner of one of those "green" two seater hybrid commuter cars was fueling up beside me one day.
He looked over at my pump, still going for broke at over 100 litres pumped in, and his eyes nearly popped out of his head !
I couldn't resist shocking him some more so I said "just topping her up with prices this low today". He got his panties in a bunch and snitted back " how can you afford to drive that?".
I calmly replied " no payments in 7 over years and $44 a month insurance buys an awful lot of gas". The look on his face told me I was getting a smokingly better deal than his situation.
And who can resist the ultimate Winter pleasure of pulling lessor (all) vehicles out of the ditch on snow days.
Add to this the fun factor of taking the top off and cruising the city in Summer. Ottawa's got some money and, short of a burning Ferrari, the topless Bronco gets more thumbs up that any other vehicle on a hot day. My youngest brother calls it the "Ford Fun Machine", when the top's off.
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