As most are well aware by now, the sixth-generation Ford Bronco is quite the capable off-road machine, whether one wants to go rock crawling, blasting across the desert, or just for a stroll through mud or water. We’ve seen more than a few Broncos conquer some impressive obstacles since the SUV’s rebirth for the 2021 model year and keep on ticking – even a two-door model that was chopped into literal pieces and yet, still ran and drove. However, this heavily-abused Ford Bronco Badlands featured in a recent video from Wild Horses Off-Road also demonstrates just what can happen to even the toughest of vehicles after years of hard off-roading.
This 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands has unfortunately suffered some bad frame damage during its many excursions, but this is actually the second time its owner has tried to beef up that particular component. This is no stock Bronco, however, as it’s equipped with an array of upgrades including an Icon Stage 3 suspension, Baja Kit’s upper and lower trailing arms, and a set of 37-inch tires, to name just a few. According to the owner, these components are at least partly to blame for the damage, though he also blames himself – and the mounting points for the upper trailing arms, specifically.
As a result, there are some serious cracks forming in the frame, after the aforementioned bracket was ripped completely off the frame previously. Just before taking the Ford Bronco out to the Rubicon Trail, the owner found more cracks, but decided not to cancel his trip – which just made the problem even worse.
After dropping the gas tank and getting a better look at the damage, it’s even worse than he imagined, however, with broken welds and cracks to be found in various places. Our host winds up repairing all of this damage and hopes that it will hold up for a while, but in the meantime, this video serves as a pretty good reminder of what heavy off-roading can do to any vehicle.