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With the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association show, or SEMA, less than a month away, automakers are preparing highly customized offerings to display at the Las Vegas expo. Chevrolet has run into some issues due to the strike but there should still be no shortage of customized trucks from FCA and Ford. The latter has just revealed six trucks and two vans that will be on display at this year's show, keeping up with last year's trend of wild custom trucks.
Ford will have the largest original equipment manufacturer display at the show with over 50 models and we expect to see even more customized offerings based on cars and SUVs like the Mustang and Explorer. Prior to the show, Ford has decided to show off six custom variants of its mid-size Ranger pickup and two customized Transit vans.
The sportiest of the eight vehicles is the Tjin Edition Ford Ranger. Neil and Collin Tjin have followed up on their purple RTR Mustang from 2018 with a bold yellow Ranger for this year's show. The truck has been slammed on air suspension by eight inches in the front and nine inches in the rear and now sits on a set of 20-inch Rotiform LHR-M three-piece wheels. Under the hood, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine has been upgraded with a Roush Performance intake, Ford Performance cat-back exhaust and differential cover, Optima yellow-top battery, and RPG front-mounted intercooler.
For a more off-road flare, the RTR Rambler Ford Ranger offers a SkyRise tent and integrated snowboard support capsule. Like a Raptor, the truck has been upgraded with a Fox tuned-by-Ford Performance off-road suspension leveling kit providing a two-inch front lift along with 33-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires. The Yakima Ford Ranger is built for Overlanding activities and the Advanced Accessory Concepts Ford Ranger is built to go anywhere. Camping lovers will enjoy the Hellwig Ford Ranger, which includes a tent and solar-powered appliances while the Ford Performance Parts Ford Ranger offers more heavy-duty equipment like a winch.
On the van side, the new 2020 SpeedVegas Ford Transit will be used to shuttle guests at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas racetrack. It has been customized with a vinyl wrap, five-inch lowering kit, Weld Racing wheels with MOMO tires, upgraded Brembo brakes, and MOMO seats. The Polvoorde Racing/Outside Van Ford Transit is a completely different beast. Off-road racing prodigy Christopher Polvoorde has helped Ford design a van built to keep up with his extreme lifestyle.
It features tracks instead of wheels, so there is almost nowhere on Earth this van can not go. It also features living accommodations for four people with amenities such as water, heat, air conditioning, solar power, and Kicker audio system. There is enough space in the back for mountain bike mounts, snowboard, paddleboard racks, kayak mounts, fishing pole storage, and a boot/glove heater and if the going gets too rough, a winch in the front bumper.
"The automotive aftermarket space continues to grow at a tremendous pace from powerful street machines to the latest trends in Overlanding and off-road," said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories. "The Ranger and Transit are great fits for this space, capable of being modified in countless ways to give owners the flexibility to make their vehicle as unique as they are."