Here’s the Ford Bronco Tailgating Gear You’ll Want This Fall

To whet the appetite of Bronco fans, Ford released its list of accessories in January this year (here’s an overview from the Bronco6G forums). Of course, there are tons of mechanical upgrades available, such as a 4.46 or 4.70 rear axle, ring and pinion gears, a new front differential, and Lund track guards. If you’re heading off-road, this will come in really handy.

However, many new Bronco owners will be keeping their new baby on the tarmac full time. And with the football season kicking off at the end of next month, they’ll want to know what gear to order for the fall tailgate party. With 200+ factory-backed accessories–the largest number ever launched with a Ford vehicle–there’s a lot of information to go through, so I’m highlighting some of my favorites here.

First, let’s be realistic; If you haven’t booked your Bronco yet, you’ll be gearing up for the 2022 season, but it never hurts to plan ahead. Second, you can always tow a smoker or a full picnic table, as the 2021 Ford Bronco can tow up to 3,500 pounds if properly equipped, no matter which powertrain you choose; maximum payload at 1,370 pounds.

Ford Bronco Brand Manager Esteban Plaza-Jennings told me at the Austin Off-Roadeo launch that Ford is rebuilding the configurator for the Bronco to emphasize accessories. Outfitter packs are pre-configured and available through dealers in a variety of settings, and there’s a lot of modularity available with the optional Yakima rack.

“Because we have the largest catalog of any vehicle to date, we took the time to research and visualize what people might want,” said Plaza-Jennings.

In the Bronco, let’s start with numero uno: our furry friend. There’s no reason Brutus or Princess can’t come and enjoy the look of quality pigskin from the parking lot or wherever you’re tailing, and two pet-friendly options stand out: a portable Thule pet carrier and separate straps to keep them safe in the backseat. . As we reported a few months ago, you don’t want your pets or children to become flying projectiles and injure themselves or each other, so tying them up is a smart idea. The carrier will refund you $149 and the harness starts at $89 in the medium size.

Next on my priority list is the JLB soundbar, which will have his songs explode at volume levels worthy of stadium rock like Scorpions’ “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The soundbar connects to Bluetooth and ranges from $750-$800 direct from Blue Oval. Ford Marketing Executive Mark Grueber says that the Bronco is like an “adult Lego” in its versatility and custom options, so I imagine the sound bar locks up like the plastic blocks kids love to strewn across the floor.

With the First Edition trim, a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 10 speakers and a subwoofer is standard, so you may not need an additional soundbar. Unless, I think, you really want to unchain the fans from the opposing team.

You need a place to prep the condiments for burgers and fries, and Tuffy makes a folding table that attaches to the inside of the swing gate for $199. Keep your pickles cold in the $299 IndelB fridge/freezer combo, and the sliding tailgate gives you a place to store your pickles. two adults to sit (or lie down and take a nap at halftime).

The tailgate also doubles as a platform, so you can use it to access anything you’ve tied to the roof, like six packs of adult drinks or a few folding chairs for watching a game.

Not that you don’t trust your fellow sports fans, but if the doors and roof are open and you want to wander around a bit, Tuffy’s lockable security drawers are a smart idea. Save your wallet, phone, and chicken wings (perhaps not in the same section) and you’re free to see what some RV places have to offer.

Throw in some napkins—fuck it, just grab a roll of tissue because it doesn’t have to be fancy unless you’re in one of the southern schools—and get ready to kick back with some College GameDay. Bonus credits: let me know in the comments which team you’d like to watch (Texas A&M, University of Cincinnati, and Notre Dame here).

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