No Raptor, No Problem?

F-150 And Ranger

Pickup trucks are the most accessorized vehicles on the market, and every lifted Ford F-150 or Ranger done up via the aftermarket is money left on the table for the automaker. That’s why, finally, Ford Performance Parts is offering lift kits for Ford Ranger and F-150 pickup trucks for customers to enjoy a validated suspension upgrade for taller ride height and improved off-road performance, highlighted by Fox shocks.

These off-the-shelf kits are designed for any four-wheel-drive 2019 Ranger or four-wheel-drive 2015-19 F-150 and can be purchased at Ford dealers for $1,495, before installation. The kit also comes with a limited warranty.

Ford says that the majority of both Ranger and F-150 trucks are purchased with four-wheel drive, and to us, adding this official lift kit seems like the logical next step. Beyond adding additional ground clearance. In total, the dealer-installed off-road leveling kits for Ranger and F-150 include:

  • New aluminum Fox shock bodies for optimal cooling capacity over rough terrain (shocks get heat-soaked too, you know)
  • New front coilover springs
  • Vehicle-specific upper front mounts with polyurethane bushings work to help isolate noise and vibration
  • 2-inch front lift, leveling the truck from front to rear.

Ford Performance and Fox worked hand-in-hand to to develop unique internal valving for the shocks, and both Ranger and F-150 see improvements to front ground clearance, as well as approach and breakover angles. The 2019 Ford Ranger sees an approximate 21 percent increase in approach angle and a 10 percent increase in breakover angle. It’s not quite a Ranger Raptor, but it’s sure to help Ford take the fight to the Toyota Tacoma TRD as well as the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

Meanwhile, a Ford says that an F-150 with a 145-inch wheelbase (SuperCab Styleside) sees an approximate 22 percent increase in approach angle and 7 percent increase in breakover angle. The kit could be appealing for those not quite looking for a more extreme Raptor, but instead more in line with the sandbox of the Ram 1500 Rebel and upcoming Chevrolet Silverado ZRX.

Development and testing for the leveling kits included very Raptor-like high-speed off-roading in Borrego, California, and low-speed rock-crawling in Arizona to optimize for a variety of off-road driving experiences.

Off-road enthusiasts can order Ford Performance Parts leveling kits for Ranger and F-150 later this fall.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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