Purchased my Ranger in June 2019. Bought it using Ford’s X Plan (no haggle purchasing) and saved some bucks, although still pricey vehicle…as you ‘all know. My goal is to make this truck capable of traversing jeep / mine site trails and forest service roads in New Mexico/Colorado/Utah, but still keeping a somewhat of a factory ride – more or less. So far, I have added the following:
- 255/75/17 BFG All Terrain tires (pizza cutters). These narrower tires are about 1” taller than our stock AT tires, and easily clear the stock or aftermarket Upper Control Arms using stock wheels. The BFGs provide great traction, tougher sidewalls, durability against sharp rocks and objects, and better gas mileage than wider 32” similarly-aggressive tires.
- ICON Stage 2 Suspension lift including billet upper control arms. The lift is currently set at about a 2.75” lift. The ride is much improved, handles bumps better and rebounds smother. Looking forward to taking it off road to see if the amount of vertical travel is what they claim.
- A set of 1” blocks was added to the rear leaf springs. This setup keeps a rake on the truck (similar to the factory rake), which is my preference. The blocks also appear to provide a slightly smoother ride in the rear, don’t know how though?
- 30% ceramic tint on side and rear windows. Helps keep the intense sun off of us hear in the desert SW.
- Craftsman tool box. Spent <$200, so if I decide to do something different it’s not a big loss.
- Rubber bed mat. This could be a temporary install, since a may get a Decked storage system (or similar) for the truck bed.
- Factor hitch pin.
- Stubby antenna (4” long instead of 8”), ensures that I can clear my garage door.