4 Easy Ways to Have A Successful Bronco Coyote Swap

Vintage Ford Broncos have been an American icon for decades, reliable and tough vehicles that last through the years. Yes, you might have to deal with some rust, but you can always get new body panels, an entirely new body, or even a whole frame or chassis! But if you’re looking for an engine upgrade, we’ve got 4 easy ways for you to have a successful Bronco Coyote Swap.

If you love classic vehicles, then you know people can’t get enough of Broncos right now. The design, the look, the feel – it just never goes out of style. 

If you’ve ever driven an original Bronco though, you might be looking under the hood for ways to get some better gas mileage and give yourself a little better ride! A modern engine will definitely have you feeling like you’ve got a modern ride.

Bronco Coyote Swap -How to make it easier to upgrade your engine in your vintage Ford Bronco

One way to make your Bronco engine run better and stronger than ever is by replacing that 302 with a 5.0 Liter Coyote engine. The big question remains – is it worth the investment? 

In this post, we’ll answer all the essential questions regarding Coyote-swapping your vintage Ford Bronco to help you decide if it’s the best move for you.

Can you put a Coyote engine in a Ford Bronco?

Yes, you can. The Coyote engine is a fantastic upgrade for your Vintage early Ford Bronco. Not only does it offer more power and torque, but it’s engineered to meet modern fuel consumption standards as well. 

With your brand new engine, you’ll be able to improve the daily driving aspect right off the bat and you’ll forget all about the 8 miles per gallon you were getting before.

That’s why we came out with our 5.0L 1st/2nd/3rd Generation (2011-22) Coyote Front Drive Accessory Kit – a premium solution designed specifically for 1966-77 OEM Early Bronco frames. This kit will only work for Mustang-based Coyote Engines, not F150 based.

Our Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit is equipped with a power steering pump, alternator and pigtail wiring, an A/C compressor, two standard multi-rib belts measuring 48-5/8″ and 70″ respectively, as well as all the necessary bracketry, spacers, and fasteners. 

Schedule a call with us and we can help you get your Coyote engine swap started today!

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Coyote Engine a Feat of Engineering

The Ford Coyote 5.0 engine is a remarkable feat of engineering, renowned for its high performance and versatility. First introduced in 2011 for the Ford Mustang GT, the engine continues to be a powerhouse in the automotive industry, even a decade later.

This naturally aspirated, modular V8 engine boasts a displacement of 5.0 liters and an impressive output of 460 horsepower, in Gen3 trim. With an RPM peak at 7,000 and a compression ratio of 12.0:1, it’s no wonder that the Coyote 5.0 has become a staple in high-performing vehicles.

The engine’s compact design and formidable power make it a versatile choice. The Ford Coyote 5.0 engine is considered a remarkable feat of engineering for several reasons:

Brand New 4160HP 5.0 Coyote V8 with 10-speed automatic transmission

Advanced Design:

The Coyote engine utilizes a dual overhead cam (DOHC) design, allowing for greater valve control, leading to better engine performance and efficiency.

Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT):

This technology allows the engine to adjust how it opens and closes the intake and exhaust valves, optimizing output, fuel economy, and emissions.

High-Revving Power:

With a redline of 7,000 RPM, the Coyote engine delivers high-revving power not commonly found in V8 engines.

Compact Size:

Despite its power, the Coyote engine is relatively compact, making it versatile enough to be adapted to fit into a variety of Ford models.

Upgrade Potential:

The Coyote 5.0 engine is highly modifiable. Car enthusiasts appreciate this engine for its ability to handle various upgrades, potentially increasing its horsepower to over 750.  Ford used the Coyote engine as the base design for the Predator, which is the factory 760 hp supercharged beast used in the GT500 Mustang.

If you don’t know, that’s a lot. If you’ve never driven a vehicle with a Coyote you might not understand. You’ll find out quickly just how fun it can be! The engine is one of the 10 things we look at when buying a Bronco.


The Coyote 5.0 is known for its durability and reliability, even under high-stress conditions.  This is reflected by Ford’s choice to make the Coyote the premier engine choice for modern F150s.


Despite its size and power, the Coyote 5.0 is still relatively fuel-efficient, thanks to its advanced engineering and technology.

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Manual and Automatic Transmission

The Ford Coyote 5.0 engine can be paired with several types of transmissions, depending on the specific model and application. Each of these is associated with a different transfer case. Here are some common options:

  1. Automatic Transmission: The Coyote 5.0 can be paired with an automatic transmission. For instance, the GEN 3 5.0L COYOTE 460HP Mustang Automatic Transmission Crate Engine can be paired with a 4WD 10R80 transmission from an F150 and make use of the control pack available from Ford Performance. The Gen2 5.0L Coyote engine can be paired similarly to a 4WD 6R80 transmission from an F150 and make use of its corresponding control pack from Ford Performance.
  2. Tremec 4WD TR4050 5-Speed: The Coyote Power Module often teams the Mustang GT 460 horsepower 5.0L Coyote V8 with a state-of-the-art Tremec 5-Speed transmission.
  3. Manual Transmission: Besides the factory-based Tremec options above, the aftermarket has made it possible to swap in almost any 4WD manual transmission your heart desires. There are guides available that provide step-by-step instructions on how to swap a 5.0L Coyote Modular V-8 with a manual transmission.

How much does it cost to do a Bronco Coyote Swap?

The cost of a Coyote swap will depend on many factors. The first cost is the cost of the Coyote engine, which can be as high as $10,575 for a brand new Gen3 crate engine from Ford Performance. Additionally, you have to factor in the labor costs associated with installation, which could range from $3,000-$6,000. 

Other added costs include the control pack, headers, fuel system upgrades, exhaust systems, and cooling systems. If you are looking for a DIY kit, Kincer Chassis has everything you need to do it yourself.

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What is needed for a coyote swap?

Some of the things you’ll need for a successful Coyote engine swap include Coyote Motor Mounts specifically designed for the Bronco engine perches, front-drive accessory kits, exhaust systems, fuel systems, engine control modules, and wiring harnesses. Custom driveshafts may be needed due to different driveshaft lengths.  Also, oftentimes different transmission crossmembers are needed, as well as shifter solutions, and an upgraded radiator. These are critical components that must be perfectly matched to the Coyote engine to optimize its installation in an Early Bronco.  

Despite its impressive stock output, the Coyote 5.0 also offers substantial potential for upgrading. With the right modifications installed, it’s possible to ramp up the horsepower to over 750, making this engine a favorite among car enthusiasts.

Where can I get a Coyote engine?

At Kincer Chassis, we can supply Coyote engines to anyone looking to build or upgrade their vintage Bronco or any vehicle that the Coyote fits. If you get a chassis and Coyote engine through us we will ensure the best fitment and you’ll have a Bronco that lasts the test of time.  We are a Ford Performance dealer, meaning we provide these engines brand new, backed by Ford Performance’s warranty.

How to get your Bronco ready?

To prepare your Bronco for the Coyote engine, you’ll have to do some engine bay modifications including core support, firewall and inner fender modification. When you purchase a chassis and powertrain package from Kincer Chassis, we will send a guide showing you how we do those modifications to save you time and money. 

Other things that you will need to consider are  swapping the motor mounts and transmission crossmember. You’ll also need to consider upgrading your vehicle’s suspension, brakes, cooling system, and your drive train. Even though swapping your vintage Bronco with a Coyote engine isn’t a drop-in process, you can do the installation with the right expertise. 

Is it a good investment?

Yes, it is. Upgrading your vintage Ford Bronco with a Coyote engine will significantly boost its capability, on-road drivability, fuel economy, and value.

It is common to see Coyote-powered Broncos sell for double their original drivetrain counterparts.

Vintage Bronco lovers will appreciate the Coyote engine’s power, smoothness, and reliability which makes it the perfect match to this classic American 4×4. With the Kincer Chassis kit, you’ll know that everything is going to fit!


Coyote swapping your vintage Bronco is a great move to take it to the next level. Thanks to modern engineering and technological advancements, the Coyote engine provides reliable power and torque that make your Early Bronco into a modern driving machine

At Kincer Chassis, we have everything you need to make your Bronco Coyote engine swap a success. Our Coyote engine kits are engineered with the best parts to make the installation process seamless. Don’t wait any longer; upgrade your vintage Ford Bronco with a Coyote engine today!

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