The Ranger has a sizeable off-roader following, and Ford finally saw fit to offer something to make trail days even easier, and more fun.
Ford has just started offering a full suspension upgrade has just been made available in the USA. Consisting of FOX shocks, exclusive Ford Performance tuning, new front coilovers, upper front mounts and locking spring pre-load rings, this new off-road leveling kit gives the Ranger a 2-inch lift, good enough for taking the beaten paths.
"Ford Performance Parts developed these kits to make the off-road experience even better for our Ranger (and F-150) customers. Truck customers are asking for options for increased capability and customization, and the new leveling suspension kits for Ranger (and F-150) deliver on that need," said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories.
Development and testing for the leveling kits included high-speed off-roading in Borrego, California, and low-speed rock-crawling in Arizona to optimize for a variety of off-road driving experiences. After installation of the kit, the Ranger saw improvements to front ground clearance, approach and breakover angles, based on internal Ford computer generated engineering simulations. The Ranger sees an approximate 21 percent increase in approach angle and a 10 percent increase in breakover angle.
“The elevated off-road geometry, paired with Ford Performance tuning, makes this a really unique offering. The secret sauce to this kit is in the Ford Performance tuning. This suspension and its tuning are designed to improve off-road handling and responsiveness, specifically for Ranger and F-150,” Cin later added.
The suspension upgrade comes at a price, though. Ford dealerships offer it at USD 1,495 or PhP 77,777, converted as of this posting. It is worth noting, though, that the kits are currently offered in the USA only. Given that the Ranger is doing rather well in the Philippines, they ought to look at offering it here, too.