Off-road leveling kits make everything better.
For years, Ford Performance Parts has focused on enhancing the likes of the Mustang and now discontinued Focus RS and Fiesta ST hot hatchbacks with great success. The F-150 Raptor has also been one of its many projects but now the division is expanding its horizons.
The automaker has just announced that, for the first time ever, Ford Performance Parts has set its sights on the Ranger and F-150 (non-Raptor) pickup trucks with off-road leveling kits for improved off-road performance and more attitude. Given that the majority of Rangers and F-150s buyers opt for four-wheel drive, it makes perfect sense to offer these new kits, which include the following: new aluminum FOX shock bodies, front coilover springs, vehicle-specific upper front mounts with polyurethane bushings, and 2-inch front lift levels.
"Ford Performance Parts developed these kits to make the off-road experience even better for our Ranger and F-150 customers," said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories. "Truck customers are asking for options for increased capability and customization, and the new leveling suspension kits for Ranger and F-150 deliver on that need."
The Fox shock bodies, in particular, are standouts because Ford Performance engineers worked specifically with Fox to develop unique internal valving for the shocks in order to deliver solid and predictable handling both on- and off-road. Once installed at any Ford dealership, the Ranger and F-150 offer improved front ground clearance, approach, and breakover angles. The Ranger will have approximately a 21 percent increase in approach angle and a 10 percent increase in breakover, while the F-150 (with a 145-inch wheelbase) sees a 22 percent and 7 percent increase, respectively.
Both kits were developed in terrain-appropriate locations, specifically Borrego, California for high-speed off-roading and Arizona for low-speed rock-crawling. "The elevated off-road geometry, paired with Ford Performance tuning, makes this a really unique offering," said Cin. "The secret sauce to this kit is in the Ford Performance tuning. This suspension and its tuning are designed to improve off-road handling and responsiveness, specifically for Ranger and F-150."
The kits come with a limited warranty and can be purchased for $1,495 before installation on any 2019 Ranger and 2015-2019 F-150 with 4WD.