Muddy Monday: ’86 Bronco Shows Us the Downside of Limited Slip

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Little Ford Bronco tries to climb a muddy slope over and over again, but it just can’t.

This week’s “Muddy Monday” video features a 1986 Ford Bronco II playing in the wilderness. By playing we actually mean getting stuck in a muddy creek. Of course, it also shows us the advantages of a locking-differential setup, and the shortcomings of limited-slip differentials.

This Ranger appears to be relatively stock, with mild all-terrain tires and a stockish ride height – both of which complicate the matter at hand. When the video by Stuart Woody begins, the Bronco seems to be capable of easily climbing the hill, but when he backs down for a second run things quickly go south.

At first, the old-school SUV has trouble getting out of the muddy trench, and without locking differentials it only has two functional wheels rather than all four. As a result, the driver is forced to work back and forth time and time again only to gain enough momentum to tackle the hill.

This video shows the importance of  locking differentials for off-road vehicles, as now you can see what they’re capable of, or not capable of. Enjoy!

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