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My first time off-roading, had a blast and worked great until we got stuck in some ruts. Got pulled out and chalked it up to a lesson learned.

My first time off-roading, had a blast and worked great until we got stuck in some ruts. Got pulled out and chalked it up to a lesson learned.

fool_injected

A good set of all terrain tires should be your first upgrade. Those road tires wont help you in mud like that. Glad you had fun!


RFons90

Yeah, they are Pirelli Scorpion ATRs which seem to be a pretty well rounded tire in general but definitely not knobby enough for considerable mud. We did hit a section where the driver side was decently deep but the passenger side was solid enough to keep pulling


bentripin

tires are extremely important, street tires on a purpose built rock crawler will not make it as far down the trail as a minivan with all terrains.. without traction 4x4 just spins more wheels.. its the #1 factor in a rig's capability, #2 is you, and #3 is the rest of vehicle.


-Thunderbear-

Pirelli's Scorpion AT used to be a [bad ass design](https://imgur.com/Q2StDiL) comparable to the BFG AT, but management killed the aggressive tire in favor of the road garbage they normally make.


fool_injected

Pirelli tires aren't bad. There's plenty of good off road tires out there. I've been very happy with the Nankang Mudstars and MT-5 tires I have on my trucks. They do good in mud, snow, are suprisingly quiet for mud tires and are a pretty good price. I don't know if they'll have your size but it's at least worth checking out.


Gherbo7

Props on trying a mud pit your first time! Mudding has a whole learning curve of its own


RFons90

Yeah, it is a large set of trails in Florida and did fantastic until we hit this section and terrain beat out driver ability. Was just happy to actually use it for more than just road driving and came out without any damage.


4wheelin4christ

This is citrus right? Was there a few weeks ago in the xj.


RFons90

Yup, was on trail 9.


Ready-steady

Yeah! Exactly! Kids got spirit!


Zombie_Dick_Attack

Don’t go alone. Air down when stuck. Get a snatch strap and a tow strap. Know your recovery points. Only cross natural water sources don’t drive around in them. Leave no trace. And have fun!


vits89

I’d chalk it up to those 17-18s? And those Highway tyres. She looks good but and at least she’s dirty


RFons90

“In terms of tires, the Bronco Sport Badlands will ship standard with 28.5-inch 225/65R17 Pirelli Scorpion A/T tires”


Equivalent_Pilot_752

Yes they are technically called AT tires, but really unaggressive. Just looking at the tread in the photos I would call them highway tires. If you look up photos of AT/MT tires from BFG, Toyo, Falken, Yokohama, you’ll see the super aggressive tread height, tread gap, sidewall tread, channels to expel water/mud, softer compound, etc. You mentioned in another comment you had positive traction when half of your wheels were loose. Seems like a good traction control system like Toyotas a-trac. Good tires and aired down you probably would’ve made it through! Edit: just saw it has a rear locker that’s awesome!


RFons90

Yeah, these seem like a decent well rounded tire but kind of like “jack of all trades, master of none” situation. The main problem when I got stuck was that the belly of the Bronco was basically sitting in the mud between the ruts and the tires were basically hanging down into the water. The terrain management system and diff seem to work very well, there was a couple of points hitting very soft sand that it got a little bogged down, locked diff and turned on sand mode and completely changed it


NitroMachine

I would look into BF Goodrich KO2s. Best reviewed all terrain that I know of, maybe not the greatest in mud but excellent everywhere else and still far better in mud than any street tire. They're quiet on the street too, which would be good since I'm guessing you drive this rig on the road quite a bit too. If you're willing to spend a little more, Nitto Ridge Grapplers might also be a good option. But there are more tire options than probable anyone can count, so don't be afraid to shop around. I commend you for being willing to get a nice new rig dirty, most people aren't. Have fun out there.


LaSundaee

Mad respect bruh, running your baby bronco harder than 95% of jeep owners.


RFons90

And for the record, I blame my lack of experience more than anything for getting stuck. I tried riding the mud between the ruts and it slid down into the ruts and it was over after that.


grayson4678

For future reference try putting one side of the car out of the mud and one side in. If you look at the last 2 pics, if you had gone around that left side (right side from drivers perspective) you probably wouldn't have even lost traction. Granted, thats not as fun, but you don't have the proper tires for getting through that mud without just flooring it from 100ft back and plowing through


afizzzz

:open differential has entered the chat:


RFons90

It has a locking rear diff, the issue was that I basically high centered it to where the wheels were dangling into the water and had nothing to grab


afizzzz

Ah word just noticed the badlands badge and stand corrected. My wife just got a big bend and def wouldn’t make that ha


4wheelin4christ

Got balls of steel driving a car like that in there lmao.


RFons90

I couldn’t stand the idea of buying a Badlands trim without using it for that purpose


1234Chuy1234

How do you like your bronco sport thinking of getting one my self


RFons90

Absolutely love it, I have little niptpicky things about it but overall very glad I bought it and opted for the Badlands


alexc1ted

Send er’ bud. I took my Tacoma out for the first time recently and had an absolute blast!


weasel7391

Tacoma’s are surprisingly capable trucks, I’ve owned a few and loved every one of them.


GrxxnThumb

Where about in FL, I’m looking for some more decent trails that are too technical?


RFons90

Trail 14 https://goo.gl/maps/TaBqbU4yrcYcS7fp8 I found it using the onX Offroad app


GrxxnThumb

Thanks, that’s only about 1.5 hours north of me. I’ll check out the app too.


RFons90

Haha same I am in Pasco


GrxxnThumb

Nice, I’m in Riverview


4Runner18

We just moved from Riverview to Wesley Chapel. Loving how much closer to the trails we are. Tore up Richloam last weekend.


4wheelin4christ

BRo citrus wildlife has like a million trails running through it.


deimosphob

Sadly with how the bronco sport is fairly new, there is no aftermarket support for lifting it currently except for spacers that’ll destroy your suspension. So you’re stuck with stock height and can only go up maybe 1 tire size. Id wait til you can lift it over 1.5 inches in suspension lift to do anything, meanwhile just enjoy it for what it is.


RFons90

I don’t have any near plans to modify the suspension or anything, just get some gear like a come along, recovery boards, snatch rope…etc


doublebullshit

Do you have any links to a come along? All I can find are hoist winches and that’s not what I want. A chain come along like the old days is what I’m looking for.


RFons90

I haven’t fully researched them yet but Amazon seems to bring up a decent amount of results


gimlithepirate

Be careful. The Amazon come alongs are notorious for breaking under load. I'd get something US made like this: https://www.arizonatools.com/come-alongs-and-cable-pullers/


mybloodismaplesyrup

Because of how new it is, I wouldn't risk my factory warranty for lifting anyways. The vehicle hasn't been out long enough to reveal all of its weaknesses yet so it's worth waiting for that to expire.


deimosphob

Thats weird cuz toyota still honors their warranty with aftermarket lifted trucks, it just doesn’t honor any damage caused by the added suspension parts. Id assume it would be the same for ford. But you definitely have to wait til they have full suspension lifts with swaybar links cuz the current pucks are snapping links at 1.5 inches of lift.


mybloodismaplesyrup

I don't know for certain, but I'm pretty sure the reason they offered a Sasquatch package for the Broncos is because of that exact reason


Stormtrooper808

Wrong vehicle for the job. Glad you tried it though


tearjerkingpornoflic

Dunno why you were down voted when he is trying to drive a glorified subaru through a mud pit.


j250ex

Georgia mud has ruined me. I assume any mud hole that looks even remotely big is 3 feet deep!


Mindes13

In Florida it's safe to assume that as well if not on a park trail.


Mindes13

You wouldn't have gotten stuck if had kept going.


gimlithepirate

Mad props for wheeling what you got. Did you lock the rear in here? My first time ffroading in an Isuzu Rodeo I did the exact same thing. My main advice as others have stated is stick to the edge, but also momentum is your friend. Doesn't help when you start fishtailing, but if you've got basic grip, it's best to keep moving forward as much as possible. In terms of gear, I'd get a US made come along, a tow strap, a shovel, and maybe some maxtrax. That should help you out a lot.


66D6

Nice Rover… Ahem, Brandco


Tamaros

Is that the antimatter blue?


RFons90

Alto Blue and I love it. It is one of those colors that kind of tricks you depending on the light, sometimes it looks more black but when the light hits it the right way the blue really comes through and pops


Tamaros

Thanks! I love it.


Ya_Boi_Newton

Citrus WMA?


RFons90

Yeah