Nice story! Looks like you have been enjoying your Bronco, is that bricks of weed?Back in March 2022, I took my Big Bend in for an oil change. My dealer had a bare bones Badlands on their lot for the first time, allowing me to test drive the 2.0L. That sealed the deal and I ordered my dream Badlands on the spot (Velocity Blue, best color ever, plus premium and towing packages with the beautiful Carbonized Gray roof)
After waiting 6 months for it to be built, it got lost in transit for over two months. My dealer nor Ford knew why it hadn't been loaded onto a train and sent across the Mexico border to my town in Arizona. I was starting to lose hope. The day it arrived at my dealer, it was covered in railyard dust and the Ford tracker still showed it sitting in Mexico. I was just so happy it was sitting in front of me, but my dealer could hardly believe it when it came off the transport truck.
I said goodbye to my Big Bend and picked up my Badlands two days later. The night I brought it home, the wrench warning light came on in my garage. I was terrified I'd bought a lemon, but replacing the factory shift module fixed the issue. I still sat in my garage for a while each day to gawk at it. Couldn't believe how vivid Velocity Blue was in person and just how much of an upgrade it was from my Big Bend.
I did take one fully stock photo before I started modding.
Then the mods progressed:
First off road outing in the Coronado National Forest in Arizona.
Then, we made our big move to North Carolina so I could start my dream job on the Pisgah National Forest. I threw a set of KO2s on and continued modding. It drove like an entirely different vehicle after swapping the tires - Huge improvement.
I showed my Badlands in a car show, the first annual Great Smoky Mountain Bronco Stampede. It was the first time I'd ever done it and I had a blast. I'll be back next year with even more mods to show off.
One year and 13,256 miles later, this car continues to be far more than just a means of transportation, at least to me. It's taken me down every nasty forest road I've pushed it to, cruised along the Blue Ridge Parkway, climbed to the top of the sky islands in Arizona, hit the sandy beaches of South Carolina, hauled everything from plants to groceries to heavy loads of rocks and pavers, and it's taken two cross-country road trips in comfort and style. It gets compliments from folks almost daily just driving around town and continues to be a springboard for me to meet the nicest "Bronco people" everywhere I go. Best of all, it makes me feel proud and confident whenever I get behind the wheel. I'm seeing more and more Sports on the road nowadays, but this one is special because it's mine. One year is in the books, and hopefully many more to come.