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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-16-2001, 11:51 PM
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K5 v. Bronco

Sorry to post this, I know everyone on this forum will say K5's own brocs, but it is a real issue for me, I am about to buy a new 4x4, should I get a Bronco or a K5? K5's are hard to come by, but I am going to go look at one tommorow(87' w/ fuel injection), but there are tons of Broncos for sale here in Houston.

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Re: K5 v. Bronco

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K5's are hard to come by.....
but there are tons of Broncos for sale here in Houston.


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Re: K5 v. Bronco

If any of the Bronco's are 78-79's, then I would consider them. The rest of them I wouldn't for these reasons:

-I don't like small 4x4's that much, so that cuts out all of the pre-78 ones. Little bigger than a Jeep. To small for me.
-The TTB (Twin Traction Beam) front axle on 80-96 Broncos are a nightmare. It can be made to work, but the solid front axle on a stock K5 is much simpler and works from the start. TTB is notorious for eating tires alive, a pain to lift properly (yet not as much as the Chevy IFS[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img]), and just being rather "loose" overall.
-Ford's fuel injection sucks. Overly complicated, a mass of wires, not all that waterproof, etc. Their carbs are okay.
-Their engines are a nightmare. Cleveland, Windsor, Modified, ummmm......there's another one, all of it different and nothing is interchangeable between them. They don't swap parts like GM's do, transmissions don't interchange between small blocks and big blocks, etc. GM stuff is very, very interchangeable.

There's more, but I think you get the point. My uncle is retired from Ford, I do like several Ford products (not many since 1979 though), and I've seen some very capable and well modified Ford vehicles. However, for cheapness, reliability, ease of maintenance/modification, and strength, you can't beat a GM truck.

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Re: K5 v. Bronco

One big reason that I like the K-5 better is that it's easier and cheaper generally to get parts for the K-5, no matter what you drive it will break from time to time so I feel that this is important.

Take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.
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If your not lifting it, either one is fine, just see what you can get a good deal on. If your lifting it, go K5.


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Re: K5 v. Bronco

Ive had a bronco(86) and a K5 (78), And I found that the bronco frame was to thin. and if your in the rust belt like me, they will rust out, rear X-member, spring hangers and body mounts are the worst parts. My K5 needed rockers but its also 8 years older and was used to plow snow. The ford fuel injection was a bugger to fix, and even though my k5 was carbed, If chev injection screws up bad get an intake and carb kit from summit for a few hundred and your injection troubles are gone. as is the computer. Chev smallblocks are a dime a dozen so parts are easy to come by and dirt cheap. I'd buy a K5 anyday before a bronco.

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