After what has felt like an eternity, 2021 Ford Bronco SUVs are rolling off of the production line and making their way to customers. During the nearly year-long wait, over 125,000 people signed up to get their hands on one of these off-road machines. A significant portion of those prospective buyers surely have plans to modify the reborn icon to suit their off-roading needs. Ford has made that an easy thing to do thanks to the hundreds of accessories on offer, but not every off-road necessity can be purchased through the automaker. Upgraded rubber for example will need to be sourced elsewhere, and that raises some interesting questions. Most notably, just how big of a tire can you stick onto a new 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands? The team over at Town and Country TV are trying to solve that with some help from a set of 37-inch tires.
2021 Ford Bronco Badlands With 37-Inch Tires
Fans of MC&T may know that Ford themselves are already developing a Bronco that comes with 37-inch rubber by way of the upcoming Raptor model. That said, the lesser versions of the SUV don’t come with that large of tires. Sasquatch Package-equipped SUVs carry a 35-inch tire from the factory, while standard models get 33-inch units. The 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands in the video is equipped with the smaller rubber, as it does not have the Sasquatch Package optioned. This presented an interesting challenge, as that off-road focused option includes a slight suspension lift and the removal of some crash bars in the wheel wells. This then made it the perfect vehicle to test just how much tire you can fit onto a run-of-the-mill Bronco.
Before stepping up to the 37s however, Town and Country TV tried their hands at installing two different wheel options wrapped in 35-inch rubber. More specifically, they fit some 17×9-inch Fuel Block wheels and 17×8-inch Black Rhino Wheels wrapped in Falken Wildpeak Tires. They found almost immediately that the crash bars needed to go in order to clear the 35s, but that isn’t a tall order. Once that was taken care of, the stock 2021 Ford Bronco swallowed up the 35-inch Falkens with ease.
A Tight Squeeze
The same can’t be said with the Ford Bronco 37-inch tire upgrade however. While they technically did fit, the larger off-road tires didn’t really leave any sort clearance or suspension travel to play with without any sort of modifications to the ride height or fenders. The fit was so snug in fact that the crew advises against trying to do this at home without some sort of suspension changes. Of course that is something many new Bronco owners are already planning, but be warned before pulling the trigger on new rubber. While they didn’t have a Sasquatch Package model to play with, it’s not unreasonable to think that the SUV could handle the new tires. We’re sure someone will find out soon enough, however.