The Ford Ranger is without a doubt, one of the most comfortable and capable touring rigs in the dual cab ute sector at the moment. It’s ability to be modified exceeds most of it’s competitors, it has plenty of power and mod-cons to make touring and off-roading a breeze and it looks the goods as well.
It was always going to be the perfect platform for this customer’s build and a good start to improve the Ranger’s capability, and to ensure the vehicle handled the extra weight, was to fit a Lovells GVM upgraded suspension package. The Lovells kit uses an upgraded mono-tube shock design as well as heavy duty springs to legally raise the GVM from the Ranger’s standard figures of 3200kg to 3500kg and gives the vehicle approximately 50mm of lift.
This upgrade perfectly complimented the tray and canopy package by Mits Alloy and got the vehicle sitting the way it’s supposed to. The jack-off design by Mits contains all the goodies for touring including tapered underbody toolboxes, trundle draw, spare wheel carrier, jerry carrier, roof racks and the canopy doors were colour coded to suit the rest of the vehicle.
Bar work is by TJM with the T13 Outback which has massive 63mm tubing and matching TJM brush bars and side steps, offering the ultimate in frontal protection. The bar also houses a TJM 9,500lbs Torq winch with synthetic rope and wireless control for recovery duties, and a set of TJM 215 LED driving lights turn night into day on those night time stints on the tracks.
A TJM Airtec snorkel was fitted to the vehicle to feed clean cool air and a Rhino Pioneer Platform was mounted to the roof featuring the backbone mounting system for extra storage and a base for the solar panel. A GME XRS Connect UHF and AE4705 antenna were fitted for communications and towing duties are taken care of by a Haymen Reese X-Bar.
Keep an eye for this awesome touring Ranger around the traps – it’s definitely got the goods going on and the perfect touring set-up!