Perhaps, as a Ford Bronco owner, you dreamed of owning a monster truck, but never thought it was within your reach. Well, now you’re in luck. Turns out it’s actually possible to turn your Bronco into a monster truck with the help of something known as a portal axle kit brought to you by a company based in Europe.
What is a portal shaft?
Gantry axes are generally not as well known, but engine trend has established the basics of what they are and how they work. The main idea behind a portal axle kit is that it uses “a series of gears and a housing mounted on the axle ends or control arms next to the wheel to increase ground clearance under the axle. That raises the centerline of the axle and axle tubes or control arms, raises the differential relative to the mounting surface of the wheels, and pushes the wheels down relative to the differential and axle tubes or arms. of control. It’s like the ground clearance at what is usually the lowest point of the vehicle.”
In other words, portal axles give you more clearance when you’re off-road, making you less likely to get stuck when you hit an obstacle. It is both complicated and quite simple at the same time. Due to their flexibility, portal axles are most common in agricultural use for tractors that can be driven on the highway and for military use.
However, portal axles are often not installed right off the manufacturing line. According to jalopnikTwo vehicles that have them pre-installed are the Hummer H1 and the Mercedes-AMG G63 4X4 Square.
How a Portal Axle Kit Turns a Ford Bronco Into a Monster Truck
There are portal axle kits for all types of vehicles. If you’re a Ford Bronco owner hoping to take advantage of a portal axle kit to turn your car into a monster truck, jalopnik has explained how the kit works. Simply put, it adds a small set of gears to the vehicle’s axle at each of the four corners to increase the vehicle’s ground clearance by raising the axle above the centerline of the wheel.
The specific portal axle kit mentioned by Jalopnik is made by a Ukrainian company called Werewolf Tech. The company boasts that the kit requires no major modifications and increases the Bronco’s clearance by just over 5 inches. It also increases the vehicle’s original gear ratio by 35%.
We should note that the portal shaft kit is not cheap. It will set you back around $16,000. However, it comes with a two-year, 50,000 km (31,069 mi) warranty.
A look at the new generation of the Ford Bronco
There is a lot of variation between different Ford Bronco models and packages. Yet, engine trend has laid out some universal basics that make it clear why the 2023 Bronco is an excellent candidate for monster truck conversion.
For starters, all-wheel drive is included on all models. Then there’s the engine capable of 275 hp and 315 pound-feet of torque (or 300 hp and 325 pound-feet of torque on premium fuel). The Bronco comes with either a 10-speed automatic or a 7-speed manual transmission. Unsurprisingly, this heavy-duty vehicle doesn’t score highly on fuel efficiency, getting only about 18 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
All in all, the Bronco is a powerful vehicle in prime position to turn into a monster truck. If you find the idea appealing, a portal axle kit may be your next step.
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