2019 Ford Ranger shows how it can be customized at SEMA


Though we’re all a bit disappointed that Ford doesn’t have any plans to bring the current Ranger Raptor to America, the Rangers that will be on display at SEMA might ease the pain. Each has been built with off-roading in mind, and two of the Rangers were modified by Ford Performance with many accessories. A few of these companies also showed off their own aftermarket products for the . So even if the Raptor isn’t going to be on dealer lots, these customs should provide some inspiration in building your own off-road Ranger.

Ford Performance Ranger Pre-Runner

The first of these concepts is the Ranger Pre-Runner, which certainly touches on the desert racing-inspired machines Raptor fans like. It started as a regular Ranger FX4 with the electronic-locking 3.73 ratio rear differential. From there, Ford added a 3-inch leveling kit, shocks and upper control arms from BDS and Fox, along with a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust. These are all accompanied by beefy all-terrain tires, rock sliders, a recovery kit, and an off-road bumper and skid plate from Desert Racer.

Ford Performance Ranger Base Camp

2019 Ford Performance Base Camp SEMA Concept
The second Ford Performance concept utilizes the exact same suspension set-up as the Pre-Runner. It’s clearly more aimed at the overlanding crowd with it’s bed rack and rooftop tent. It has off-road bumpers from Warn, and a winch from the same company. It has a few other Ford Performance off-road goodies such as the snorkel, skid plate and rear differential cover. It also gets all-terrain tires, a cat-back exhaust and side steps.

Addictive Desert Designs Xbox Ranger

2019 Addictive Desert Designs Xbox Ford Ranger
The Xbox Ranger from Addictive Desert Designs is a classic SEMA show vehicle. It’s a pickup truck with a 6-inch suspension lift, a white camouflage color scheme, lots of accent lighting (in green), and a pair of game systems built-in. The systems are naturally Xbox One X models, and they can either be played through screens on the front-seat head rests, or on a big 42-inch TV in the bed. Despite the over-the-top looks, the Xbox Ranger does have some off-road credibility thanks to the suspension lift, along with Fox coilover suspension. It also has a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust and rear skid plate, plus custom front and rear bumpers and a sport bar with a spare tire carrier.

ARE Project Nightfall Ranger

2019 ARE Ford Ranger Nightfall SEMA concept
ARE took the same path as Ford Performance with the use of BDS front upper control arms and a Fox leveling kit, but it has a number of bumpers. For one thing, it’s the only truck here to use a bed cap, which isn’t surprising considering bed caps are part of ARE’s core product line. It features a cat-back exhaust, big 20-inch wheels with 305-mm wide tires. It has custom front and rear bumpers and huge Bushwacker fender flares. Bed trays help keep stuff in the back organized, and a custom leather interior and Kicker sound system keep the interior entertaining.

BDS Project Ranger X

2019 Ford BDS Project Ranger X SEMA concept
One of the more extreme custom Rangers is the one from BDS, the supplier of those popular upper control arms on the other trucks. The most major change is making the truck longer to fit both the four-door cab and a huge utility bed on the back. It’s also ready for serious off-roading with its 6-inch suspension lift and Fox coilovers. It’s well-protected with full skidplates along the bottom and a Warn bumper with integrated winch. Bushwacker fender flares finish off the exterior, and a Kicker sound system is added to the interior.

LGE CTS Baja-Forged Ranger

2019 LGE CTS Ford Ranger Baja Forged SEMA concept
The Baja-Forged Ranger from LGE CTS is the rare custom Ranger to feature suspension from someone other than BDS and Fox. It has an Icon suspension with billet control arms and remote-reservoir shocks. It also has meaty 35-inch mud-terrain tires. It has a serious Baja look with custom front and rear bumpers, big fender flares and a custom bed cage with placements for various tools and an off-road jack. There’s a full complement of off-road lighting both front and rear. As a concession to comfort and style, it does have a custom leather interior.

Air Design USA Ranger

2019 Air Design USA Ford Ranger SEMA concept
Rounding out the group of Rangers is one from Air Design USA. One of the unique aspects of this truck is that the company’s body parts, all featured on the truck, are official licensed Ford Accessories. That includes the front and rear bumpers, fender vents, hood scoop, cab spoiler and tailgate spoiler. It uses BDS upper control arms and has 20-inch wheels with 33-inch tires. Naturally, it has a custom paint job and leather interior.

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