skrypj said:Its funny that the bronco raptor gets a higher tow rating. Seems backwards.
Ohhhhhhh....... So that's why guys are doing this to their trucks....Wider stance.
It also got bumped to a D50 rear axle.
The first ever Aqualu “land” product was an FJ40 tub. Guess who asked Todd (owner of Aqualu/Hardbody) if he could build one? Yup, that’s right. It was me. I got the 2nd one he built. The first one was his prototype. Previous to that he was building aluminum fishing boats and pontoons after starting his career with Döppelmayr ski lifts as a millwright. Todd is a great guy and fabrication genius.I'm with ya, a simple, small truck like that is super appealing....
The closest you could get here is to go out and buy a single cab, long bed 1-ton truck, Ford + 7.3 or get the Dodge (with manual Tcase) + Hemi + AEV upgrades, shorten the frame and slap on a Aqualu style landcruiser tray on the back, color matched to the truck:
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Ratings are funny that way. The most basic of broncos is 10x more capable of towing than an 85 Ranger.- no offense to your mini truck I’ve had one before.It also got bumped to a D50 rear axle.
So now it has the same tow rating as my '85 with a fourth the power and a much narrower puny 7.5".
I'd trust the hitch mounting a lot more on the '85. That crossmember the Bronco hitch mounts to is very dainty and thin. It is probably mostly suspension but I don't think they really over built the hitch much for what it is rated. This is considering the newer Ranger with a similar footprint and powertrain is rated almost 2x as much.Ratings are funny that way. The most basic of broncos is 10x more capable of towing than an 85 Ranger.- no offense to your mini truck I’ve had one before.
I can hear the bearings screaming for mercy. On the other hand you always carry four firepits with you at all times.
One ton domestics are running close to $90,000 these days for anything with options, so I don’t think cost would be that big of a stumbling block. The desire for a lazyboy with a bed might be hard to get past for the huddled masses though?Domestics sell well because the buy in is cheap- you’d have to convince people the upfront is worth it. It’s a no brainer on their vehicles when you compare total cost of ownership.