The Ford Bronco is an epic vehicle for plenty of reasons, and it’s on track to outsell the Jeep Wrangler soon. One thing that makes the Bronco so excellent outside of having big tires and a removable roof is that you can get one with a manual transmission. It’s a seven-speed standard with an extra-low crawler gear for, you know, truck stuff. Now, aftermarket icon B&M has made a long-rod shifter with an old-school aesthetic to replace the stubby knob it sports from the factory.
Ford Bronco B&M Shifter: Details
B&M claims the shifter is nearly 3 inches taller than the stock unit, putting it directly in line with the center console. As a result, owners will have a more ergonomic shifter that stands apart from other manual Broncos on the road. Though it’s not the same, it appears similar to what classic trucks used to have back in the day. Though, there’s more to this long-leg shifter than meets the eye, as this one also features a short throw which sets it apart from the classics and makes it more fun to drive.
The new B&M Shifter travels nearly 40% less than stock, which is quite the opposite of the long throw of pickups and 4×4 SUVs way back when. While the Ford Bronco likely doesn’t need to have a short throw shifter, it does increase the fun and possibly some performance as well. The shift lever is constructed from 303 stainless steel, and this product demo even lets you hear the solid “click” sounds it makes, which makes every shift even more satisfying. You can retain the factory leather-wrapped shift knob if you’d like, though you’d miss out on the eight-ball-finish B&M knob. The gear pattern even features an italicized “c” on the bottom left to indicate the crawler gear.
The B&M long-leg short throw shifter mounts to the factory shift cable of the Ford Bronco, which means installation should be pretty straightforward. The aftermarket shifter will cost about $349.95 through Holley. That might be a bit much on top of the hefty price of a new Bronco, but it may be worth it for some.