#MTSEMA18 – Seven Customized 2019 Ford Ranger Pickups Headed to SEMA 2018
Ford Performance and Aftermarket Companies Create Unique Pickups for Ford Booth
Ford is partnering with several members of the automotive aftermarket to bring seven versions of the 2019 Ford Ranger to the 2018 SEMA Show. The midsize pickup promises to be a popular attraction to Ford’s booth, where all seven will be laid out and ready for inspection.
Ford Performance Ranger Pre-RunnerFord itself is customizing two of the Rangers on display at the company’s booth, and this one—from the Ford Performance division—shows how a desert-optimized Ranger (don’t call it a Raptor) might look—pic above.
Starting from an FX4-equipped Ranger Lariat SuperCrew, this four-wheel-drive Ranger receives a Ford Performance differential cover, cat-back exhaust by Borla, and differential skidplate kit, as well as a Fox 3-inch leveling kit and BDS Suspension upper control arm kit. Ford Performance supplies the 17-inch wheels, wrapped in 285/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires.
There’s also a spray-in bedliner and bed mat, UnderCover SwingCases, Ford Performance off-road lighting kits, and Addictive Desert Designs (ADD) front and rear bumpers and side steps. Inside gets a Ford Performance recovery kit by Warn Industries and Ford Accessories all-weather floor coverings.
Ford Performance Ranger Base CampIt just wouldn’t be a modern SEMA Show without a few manufacturer-sanctioned overland builds. The Ranger Base Camp, based on a Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCrew with the FX4 package, gets the same exhaust, differential, and skidplate packages as the Pre-Runner, along with an air intake snorkel from Ford Performance. It also receives the same BDS Suspension and Fox underbody goodies as the Pre-Runner, and the same BFG tires (though sized for 18-inch Ford Accessories wheels).
Most obviously, the Ranger Base Camp comes outfitted with a Ford Accessories heavy-duty rack kit (supplied by Yakima and Outpost), equipped with a SkyRise rack-mounted tent, recovery tracks, a roof basket from Skinny Warrior, a Slim Shady awning, and heavy-duty hook straps and cleats.
Addictive Desert Designs Xbox RangerADD worked its magic on a 2019 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCrew with the FX4 package, turning it into a real-life video game truck. Its color scheme and digital camouflage were inspired by Xbox Design Lab, and the truck comes equipped with two rear-seat Xbox One X gaming consoles, thanks to the design efforts of Forza gaming legend Nick Andrew. Those consoles can pipe action either to the headrests or to bed-mounted TV screens, allowing hardcore gamers to play a few rounds from just about anywhere, including under the stars.
Getting those gamers out and about is the work of the BDS Suspension 6-inch lift, featuring BDS upper control arms and a Fox coilover front suspension kit. Fox coilover shocks also make an appearance under the Ranger’s rear end. Massive 315/70R-17 tires provide still more elevation for the midsize pickup, while ADD front and rear bumpers and Rigid Industries LED lights help in off-road situations.
A.R.E. Project NightfallA.R.E.’s neon-accented Project Nightfall started life as a Ranger Lariat 4x4, to which the truck equipment company added its own CX Revo bed cap and dipped the whole thing in Axalta paint, custom-applied by Lynch Concepts. Bushwacker fender flares, NFab side steps and tire carrier, custom Ford Performance front and rear bumpers, and custom interior accents by Trent’s Truck Upholstery help the truck stand out, figuratively at least.
Literally speaking, the BDS Suspension upper control arms, Air Lift LoadLifter helper springs, and a Fox 3.5-inch leveling kit elevate the truck a bit, helped by custom-painted 20-inch wheels and Cooper Discoverer STT Pro tires.
BDS Suspension Project Ranger XFord calls this truck the ultimate backcountry adventurer, and it’s hard to fault the company for its hyperbole. Thanks to a BDS Suspension 6-inch suspension lift with BDS upper control arms, Fox 2.5 Factory Series DSC coilovers, an Air Lift rear airbag system, and a custom longbed conversion with 136-inch wheelbase (9 inches longer than stock), the Project Ranger X is obviously something more special than the XLT 4x4 upon which it’s based. BFG KM3 tires slot in at 35 inches tall, mounted on orange-trimmed 17-inch KMC XD Series wheels.
The Knapheide utility box creates lots of organized storage for all kinds of stuff, and the custom rock sliders and rear bumper pair with a Warn Ascent front bumper and Zeon 10-S winch to protect the truck from trail bruises. A Dometic electric cooler keeps food and drinks frosty till it’s time to break out the camp stove, and Kicker audio helps adventurers unwind and relax, both on and off the trail.
LGE-CTS Baja-Forged RangerThe off-road experts at LGE-CTS will bring a Ranger XLT SuperCrew with the FX4 package to SEMA 2018. High-speed desert control is all but guaranteed by an Icon Vehicle Dynamics front suspension system (2.5 Series remote-reservoir coilovers and remote-reservoir secondary shocks, billet aluminum upper control arms, billet aluminum A-arm skidplate), while an Icon custom rear leaf pack and 3.0 Series rear bypass shocks quiet down the ride out back.
Icon also provided the 17-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in 35-inch BFG KM3 tires. Katzkin seat covers are trimmed in black with yellow barracuda inserts, and the interior is accented in the same bronze and army green as is found on the exterior. There’s also a spray-in bedliner, LGE-CTS bed cage, and more.
Air Design USA RangerReady for the “ultimate off-road adventure,” the Air Design USA Ranger receives a suite of the company’s Ford-licensed accessories, including rocker moldings, fender vents, a hoodscoop, and a rear roof spoiler, each enhancing the truck’s rugged styling. The Ranger XLT 4x4 also gets BDS Suspension upper control arms, Fox 2.5 Factory Series DSC front coilovers, and Fox 2.0 rear shocks. The 20-inch Fuel Ripper wheels are mounted to 33-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires. BedRug supplied the truck with a Ford Accessories Sportliner bed covering, with Ford Performance off-road towhooks and red recovery points joining the ride. Custom black leather seats with white stitching match the monochrome Sherwin-Williams exterior paint scheme.
Hot off the heels of last year’s SEMA 2017 Ford concepts, this year’s attractive custom Rangers promise to inspire SEMA attendees and stoke their imaginations to what’s possible from Ford’s little pickup. And hopefully—like last year’s AEV-customized Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept—some of these Rangers will presage a future off-road special from the Blue Oval to rival the Colorado ZR2 Bison.