Over the past few weeks, Ford Authority has spotted the brand new 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor in a variety of settings, showing off multiple color options like Code Orange, Velocity Blue, Eruption Green, and the front license plate bracket. Now, our spies have captured something entirely different: the Dana Ultimate Ford Bronco, giving us our first real-world look at this fully built SUV.
Just one glance makes it obvious that the Dana Ultimate is no ordinary Ford Bronco. For starters, the bright livery and heaps of prominent branding makes the four-door, soft-top Bronco stand out, and that’s not to mention all the upgrades to its exterior and mechanicals.
At the front, the Dana Ultimate Ford Bronco features a blacked-out “BRONCO” script grille and unique headlights, with the former offsetting the vibrant exterior paint. There’s also a fiberglass hood, constructed by Advanced Fiberglass Concepts, with a prominent horizontal air intake. A Ford Performance Rigid light bar can be seen above the windshield, complemented by a set of pillar lights. An AFN front bumper with an integrated WARN winch rounds out the front end.
A set of fiberglass fenders bookend metallic ARB rock sliders door-to-door. Under the fenders are a set of massive 40-inch Milestar Patagonia mud terrain tires wrap a set of beadlock capable wheels with a red bead ring. The rolling stock gives this wild horse quite the tall, wide and confident stance.
At the rear, the Dana Ultimate Ford Bronco features a rear tire carrier delete plate from BodyGuard set above the AFN rear bumper.
When it comes to mechanics, the rugged SUV continues to impress. With an independent front suspension, this build also incorporates Dana Spicer Extreme 32 spline front half shafts, the AdvanTEK Front-Drive Unit (FDU) and a locking differential with a 5.38 gear ratio.
This same ratio is replicated at the rear with the Ultimate Dana 60 Semi-Float rear axle, boasting 35 spline chromoly axle shafts and dual taper row bearings with thicker, square wheel brackets – enabling a better fit on the Bronco. The built SUV also comes equipped with Steer Smarts rear track bar, an upgraded 1350 series model drive shaft, as well as EVO Manufacturing suspension paired with coil overs from King Shocks.
For over a century, Dana has been building a variety of drivetrain components, and the Ohio-based firm is the official supplier of front and rear axles for the reborn Bronco.