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King of the Hammers (KOH) wrapped up this weekend, but a small number of Ford Bronco buyers will soon be able to take home everything KOH stands for. Fox Factory Performance Vehicle Development – the shock maker’s Skunkworks division – worked with three-time KOH winner and Fox-sponsored racer Jason Scherer, plus KOH co-founder Dave Cole and suspension whiz Mike Kim, to create this one, the 2023 Fox Factory PDV Ford Bronco KOH Edition.
Note, Ford has been kicking up a lot of dust at KOH this year trying to repeat his Bronco podium finish in the Everyman Stock Challenge – and scored a 1st-2nd-3rd place finish – but Ford has nothing to do with this build. For the uninitiated, what makes KOH special is that it combines some of the most intense desert racing with some of the most intense rock crawling in the world. Having spent time and money getting “Hammers” in the name, the KOH Bronco is tuned to do what the competing Everyman Stock Challenge trucks do without compromising on good manners.
Of course, there are the Fox 2.5 Performance Elite coilovers that provide four inches of lift between the body and wheel hub. Up front, they bolt to BDS upper control arms that provide added strength and can handle the additional travel. A JKS steering sleeve improves the swing gear to handle the forces exerted as it climbs through The Hammers. At the rear, the shocks work with BDS heavy-duty lower control arms and an adjustable track bar. Lift and a JKS Max Tire Clearance Kit make room for 37-inch BFG KM3 Mud Terrain tires on Vision wheels. Scherer said he chose them because they are “the lightest tire and wheel combination with the durability and traction we want.” Covering the underside, as it were, is a set of JKS skid plates running from the front to rear bumpers. Those bumpers are from the Scherer’s Rage 4th Racing shop, the high clearance front unit mounts a winch and a pair of lights. Custom Hammer graphics, fender badges and embroidered upholstery complete the package.
This past July, Scherer took to the Johnson OHV area where the Hammers is operated with Mike Kim, who has tuned Fox shocks for several KOH and Baja-winning rigs, to get everything straight. They worked their way up to the final version with repeated teardowns of the shocks and replacement of components around the shocks to get the best response on everything from fire roads to boulder fields to highways. “You miss it, you miss it, you miss it, and then it’s magical,” said Scherer.
Fox hasn’t mentioned a base Bronco model, but pictures and the Fox parts finder suggest there’s room to choose a variety of options. On the parts finder, you can purchase Bronco replacement shocks for models with and without the Sasquatch package, and for two- or four-door trims.
The company says it will build an “extremely limited number” of Hammers Edition Bronco, selling them through participating Ford dealerships. Each will be built to order at an undisclosed price and come with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. While waiting for more information, interested parties can raise their digital hand on the KOH Bronco website.
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