Ford Performance Parts is for the first time ever offering official aftermarket lift kits for the Ford Ranger and Ford F-150 pick-up trucks. The off-road leveling kits with tuned suspension will be available in the US later this year.
“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 customisation, and the new leveling suspension kits for Ranger and F-150 deliver on that need,” said Eric Cin, global director of Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories.
The majority of Ranger and F-150 trucks are purchased with four-wheel drive, and the new leveling kits will enable off-road enthusiasts to venture further. Beyond adding additional ground clearance, off-road performance is improved with Ford truck-optimized Fox shocks. Familiar fox? You’d have heard of the shocks from the Ranger Raptor.
The dealer-installed lift kits for both trucks include new aluminium Fox shock bodies designed to provide ample cooling capacity over rough terrain, new front coilover springs, vehicle-specific upper front mounts with polyurethane bushings (helps isolate noise and vibration) and a two-inch front lift. Ford Performance said that its engineers worked with Fox to develop unique internal valving for the shocks to deliver “confident performance and predictable handling” both off-road and on asphalt.
With the lift kit, both Ford trucks see improvements to front ground clearance, approach and breakover angles, based on internal Ford computer generated engineering simulations. For the 2019 Ranger, it’s around 21% increase in approach angle and a 10% increase in breakover angle. For the 2015-2019 F-150, we’re looking at a 22% increase in approach angle and 7% increase in breakover angle.
Development and testing for the kits included high-speed off-roading in Borrego, California, and low-speed rock-crawling in Arizona. In the US, the kit is priced at $1,495 (RM6,275) before installation and comes with a Ford Performance Parts limited warranty.
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