Learn everything you need to know about lifting your 1992-96 Ford Bronco in this comprehensive technical guide from LMR.com!
The 1992-96 OBS Ford Bronco is one of the most popular off-road vehicles that has been around for over three decades. It has proven to be a reliable vehicle with a timeless design that can withstand rough terrains. However, as with any vehicle, there is always room for improvement, and lifting your Ford Bronco is one of the best ways to upgrade it. Lifting your Bronco can improve its off-road capabilities and give it a more aggressive appearance. This guide will cover the different types of lifts available, how to choose the right one for your Bronco, what lift is required for taller tires, and installation tips.
Two types of lifts available for your Ford Bronco are body and suspension lifts. While aesthetically, they will serve the same purpose, suspension lifts will be the best for improving ground clearance when offroading.
Body lifts are the most affordable option and involve raising the body of your Bronco away from the frame. They usually come in 1-3 inch sizes and do not require any changes to the suspension or steering components. However, body lifts do not increase ground clearance and are mainly used for cosmetic purposes.
Suspension lifts are more expensive but provide better performance and ground clearance. They involve replacing your Bronco's suspension components like control arms, springs, and shocks with taller units, increasing your vehicle's height. Suspension lifts can range from 2"+ inches in height, giving your Bronco more room for larger tires, better articulation, and improved off-road capabilities.
One of the main reasons to lift your OBS Bronco is to fit a larger or taller tire on your truck. This is what gives your Bronco the aggressive off-road appearance most people want! Below you will find some general tire sizes and the required lift to fit these specific tire sizes.
|Tire Height||Lift Required|
|35"||4"+ Lift *|
* When installing 35" and 37"+ tires, trimming your wheel wheels is usually required. When installing taller tires, always cycle your suspension to confirm clearance between all body panels, including the ECU and air conditioning box.
The installation process for lifting your Ford Bronco will vary depending on the type of lift you choose. Following the manufacturer's instructions carefully and having the necessary tools and equipment is essential for a proper installation. Smaller lifts, 1-2 inch lift kits, usually require normal hand tools, but drilling, cutting, and welding may be required to install taller lifts. If you are uncomfortable installing suspension parts, contact a local trusted professional. Also, when installing suspension parts, it is always best to check your front alignment after installing your lift kit.