Serious off-roaders will do whatever it takes to set foot on the trails they want to ride. One particularly powerful modification is the installation of portal axles, and now a Ukrainian company has built the first set of commercially available portal axles for Ford Bronco. This single modification adds 5.11 inches (130 mm) of ground clearance to the Blue Oval SUV regardless of trim level, but it will set you back at least $16,000.

First noticed by people at the address Road and track, the Werewolf Tech Portal bridge kit is a great way to add some off-road prowess to your Bronco. Unlike a conventional lift kit, portal axles effectively lift the entire vehicle, including the axles and control arms themselves. This is achieved through the use of a set of gears that attach to both the wheel hub and the axle.

A “middle man” gantry axle simply allows the axle to sit well above the hub while reliably transferring power to it. If that sounds like a complicated solution to the fairly rare problem of needing extreme ground clearance, you’d be right. That is why sets of portal axles are very rare. As R&T rightly points out, this is also the reason why Mercedes-AMG G63 4×4² is the only OEM car available with this setup.

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Keep in mind, too, that the Bronco is not an SUV. Most trims come with 8.3 inches (210 mm) of ground clearance, meaning the Werewolf kit would increase that to 13.4 inches (340 mm), or just over 3 inches (76 mm) more than the regular GMC Hummer conditions. On the other hand, Bronco Wildtrak owners would get an absolutely wild 16.6 inches (421 mm) of ground clearance with this kit.

No other production car on sale today has this much space below critical components. Even the Hummer can’t climb over the same obstacles, as it maxes out at 15.9 inches (403 mm) in Retrieval mode. Sure, $16,000 is a lot of money, but it will literally have you looking down on Bronco Raptor and GMC Hummer owners.

In addition, Werewolf Tech offers a 31,000 mile (50,000 km) warranty on portal axles. He also recommends that buyers use 38-inch tires to make the most of their new capabilities.

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