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Not every off-roading SUV has solid axles, which can be an issue if tie rods are pushed too hard. You’ve probably seen a few Ford Bronco models with broken tie rods. These Ford Broncos look like they’re sadly shrugging as the tires point outwards, but luckily there’s a solution. 

The Ford Bronco Severe-Duty steering kit protects tie rods 

If you want to go off-roading but you’re worried about your Ford Bronco breaking tie rods, then you can add some extra protection. 

Ford Performance Parts offers a Bronco Sever-Duty steering kit for $1,300. The kit is ready to install to upgrade your Bronco’s off-roading capabilities. 

It includes a higher torque motor, the improved reinforced steering casing from the Bronco Raptor, stronger inner tie rods with improved articulation, and reinforced outer tie rods with increased deflection ball joints. 

This kit protects against snapping tie rods while reducing steering effort in certain off-road situations. It also improves articulation.

But the Ford ProCal 4 calibration tool is required for the installation and it costs $495. So, go ahead and increase the price of this kit to $1,785. 

The Ford ProCal 4 tool must be connected to the original steering rack before it’s removed to configure and program the new steering gear properly. 

If you have a 2024 Bronco Wildtrak, then your ride already has this kit. It’s included with the HOSS 3.0 suspension. 

The package is available for all 2021 – 2024 two-door Ford Bronco models, each 2021 – 2024 Bronco four-door model with the Sasquatch package, and 2022 – 2024 four-door Wildtrak models. 

If you have a four-door Bronco Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Black Diamond, or Badlands model without the Sasquatch package then you’re out of luck. 

Most Bronco models come with an independent front suspension because it provides a better ride at high speeds. That’s why critics gush over the Bronco being smoother and a little quieter than the Jeep Wrangler. 

However, the setup has its weaknesses. You may want to consider the Severe-Duty steering kit if you plan to beat up challenging trails or traverse unforgiving terrain. 

If your Bronco is primarily kept on the pavement then its original setup is just fine. But you probably have to deal with Jeep Wrangler owners bragging about the standard Dana 44 solid axle.