We've seen many ways the Ford Ranger has been customized. Just take a look around and you'll see what we mean. But just because you see a lot of them, it doesn't mean Ford isn't shying away from making their own.
At the upcoming SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show coming next month, Ford will present not one, not two, but six ways to trick out the Ranger.
First is the RTR Rambler model and it has the outdoorsy types in mind who still want something that's friendly to drive for the street. It's got a custom front bumper, chunkier fender flares, a two-inch lift kit, custom RTR alloys shod in 33-inch tall tires, and a whole lot of camping gear stuffed in its bed. It also comes with a set of roof-mounted lights, a snorkel, and a winch kit to pull drivers out of sticky situations.
That's followed by the Yakima Ranger. As you may have figured, it's loaded with Yakima goodies. On its bed is a JayLow kayak mount and HangOver vertical four bike carrier with a BackSwing mount to put all your stuff in the bed. Not only that, it has a beefy steel bumper at the front with four driving lights to illuminate the dark and, of course, Fox-tuned suspension just like the Ranger Raptor.
Ford's idea of a customized Ranger is essentially a Raptor, albeit with a unique twist. Instead of the 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine, this one uses the US-spec's 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. That gives this truck a healthy 274 PS and 420 Nm of torque. It's also pretty well illuminated too as Ford added aRigid underbody rock light kit, Rigid 30-inch SR-Series Pro lightbar on top of front bumper, two 6-inch Rigid SR-Series Pro lightbars for the front bumper’s lower opening and Rigid D-Series 2x2 LED cube lights in the fog light housings. It also has a mobile fridge and winch.
Up next, its the Hellwig Ranger and it it's much like the RTR Rambler but with even more kit. The suspension is raised by another 3.5 inches and wears even bigger tires. There's also the Hellwig sway bars, a Ford Performance Parts cat-back exhaust, rear differential cover and recovery kit. Addictive Desert Designs rock sliders and bumpers, Rigid lighting, ARB jack and Bushwacker fender flares round out the off-roading gear. But the highlight of this concept is its on-board solar power generator, ensuring you always have power even in remote locations.
On to the Advanced Accessory Concepts Ranger, this is perhaps the most extreme in terms of off-road modifications. For instance, its bed has been chucked out in favor of an aluminum box at the back, further improving its departure angle, along with a 3.5-inch lift kit. Its steel bumper was also built with approach angles in mind, ensuring the Ranger can climb the steepest possible slopes. There's loads of underbody protection too, with a thick steel skidplate and rock sliders to the side.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Tjin Edition Ranger. Instead of being lifted and geared for off-roading, this one is all about cruising the streets. It's slammed to the ground and wears large alloy wheels with low-profile tires. Just how low is it, you ask? They lopped off eight inches off the Ranger's ride height for good measure. Not only that, its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine has been uprated, and we might be looking at a 300 horsepower Ranger here. While far from practical, this is one hot pickup.
So which one do you like the most? Chime in in the comments.