Any pickup truck owner deserves to know what it feels like to have a great off-road ride, and drivers of the midsize 2019-2020 Ford Ranger are not exempt of this right. While Ford's newest truck pales in comparison to its F-150 and Super Duty counterparts, that doesn't mean it should be written off as an off-road failure. Factory leveling components may not be appropriate for aggressive off-roading, but aftermarket leveling options can easily remedy this shortcoming. One of the first areas to address are aftermarket coilovers. Stock coilovers do not provide enough ride height to clear potential off-road obstacles and can leave your truck's underside vulnerable to damage. Also, they do not handle as well when you are speeding across rocky trails. Aftermarket coilovers should be a necessity but there are some factors to consider before you buy.

Overhead shot of Stage 3 Motorsports’ 2019 Ford Ranger 4WD Build driving off-road in Sedona, Arizona

What options are out on the market?
Aftermarket coilovers come in numerous packages for better off-road capability as well as the opportunity for larger wheels and tires. Each type of package uses a different design for different needs. Firstly, you must decide if you want a 2" diameter coilover or a 2.5" diameter one. Next, do you value an upgraded remote reservoir, or is an internal reservoir satisfactory? Also, will standard travel meet your off-road needs or is an extended travel kit a safer bet? Finally, what are the benefits of choosing your spring rate instead of a set rate?

2.0 Coilovers vs 2.5 Coilovers

When looking for aftermarket coilovers, you can either find a 2" diameter shock body or a 2.5" diameter one. Both function great, but have different uses. For frequent crawling on off-road trails, a 2.0 will function the best for calmer off-roading. Radflo's 2019-2020 Ford Ranger Radflo 2.0 IFP Front Coilovers (2.5" Lift) offers a terrific package for you to get out on the trail. Its tough 2" diameter SSID alloy steel tube body with a high-performing Eibach spring provide plenty of support while crawling over rocky terrain. It also requires less of an investment to acquire one than its beefier alternative. With a 2.5 shock, you get more potential damping, longer service life, and heavier duty components for faster, more strenuous off-road romps. The 2019-2020 Ford Ranger ICON Front 2.5 Coilover Kit provides a great off-road ride for intense trips on treacherous trails. ICON 2.5" diameter aluminum CAD plated shock bodies surrounded by ICON-engineered performance coil springs keep your truck scuff-free! The 2.5" diameter body also allows for a huge increase in oil capacity over your stock struts, which helps with heat dissipation. Another fantastic package is the 2019-2020 Ford Ranger FOX 2.0 IFP Performance Series Front Adjustable Coilovers (0-3" Lift). This Fox coilover was tested in our 2019 Ranger XLT 4x4 Project Truck. It performed excellently out on the trails, reduced poor rake and provided some extra tire clearance for our truck.

A Radflo 2-in diameter coilover next to an ICON 2.5-in diameter coilover

Internal Reservoirs vs Remote Reservoirs

Aftermarket coilovers either come with an internal reservoir or a remote reservoir. The reservoir stores the fluid in your coilover, but the two types of reservoirs make a big difference. A remote reservoir can contain a larger volume of oil to keep your coilover from overheating and allows for more consistent damping. This improved cooling feature especially comes in handy if you take your Ranger over rough terrain at high speeds for extended lengths of time. While an internal reservoir might fade, an external one has a better chance of resisting fading. The 2019-2020 Ford Ranger FOX 2.5 Remote Reservoir Factory Race Series Front Adjustable Coilovers (2-3" Lift) are an impressive choice. Made for extreme racing, the Fox Coilover's smooth bore and honed seamless alloy external remote reservoirs dissipate heat faster than internal reservoirs. An additional upgrade some external reservoir coilovers have, like in the 2019-2020 Ford Ranger 4WD King OEM Performance Series 2.5 Adjustable Remote Reservoir Front Coilovers, is its adjustable remote reservoir. Built-in compression adjusters allow you to quickly make adjustments to mid speed compression. This allows you to dial in the coilover's ride and performance to your liking. Radflo's coilovers not only offer adjustable compression, but also offers different spring rate options. The 2019-2020 Ford Ranger Radflo 2.5 Adjustable Remote Reservoir Front Coilovers (2" Lift) use both features to help your midsize truck excel.

A Fox remote reservoir coilover next to a King adjustable remote reservoir coilover

Standard Travel vs Extended Travel

When considering the type of off-roading your Ranger does, it could be more beneficial to pick an extended travel coilover over a typical standard travel version. Extended travel options offer more droop travel, typically about 1/2" to 1" more, compared to the standard one. King Shock's extended travel options allow up to 3" more wheel travel over stock, and half an inch more than its standard version. Your Ranger will feel an immediate impact from the 2019-2020 Ford Ranger 4WD King OEM Performance Series 2.5 Extended Travel Remote Reservoir Front Coilovers ICON's extended travel coilovers offer 35% increased front wheel travel over stock and articulation distance without compromising your truck's smooth street ride quality. Consider the 2019-2020 Ford Ranger ICON 2.5 Series Remote Reservoir Front Extended Travel Coilovers (0-3.5" Lift) with its impressive 3.5" of lift for impressive extended travel ability. Picking the right option for you can also depend on how you are thinking about planning the rest of your suspension upgrades. Typically, standard travel coilovers are paired with a stock upper control arm, while extended travel variants require an aftermarket UCA upgrade. If you plan on adding an aftermarket UCA, then the extended travel option may be right for you. However, if you're on a tight budget, then extended travel coilovers will be more of an investment due to their added features, but they are well worth the price.

Two ICON Extended Travel Remote Reservoir Coilovers

Set Spring Rates vs Choice of Spring Rates

Most coilovers kits come preset with a spring rate, which gives you a little less freedom when trying to match a coilover with the typical weight load of your Ranger. However, Radflo's option uniquely lets you customize spring rate as an included addition for any of their coilovers at no additional cost. The spring rate allows options for three different types of Ranger rides. A range between 550lb/in to 750lb/in allows you to dial in your ride or ride height for the specified amount of front load. Bone-stock trucks will want to use 550lb/in springs for the softest possible ride. A spring rate of 600lb/in and 650lb/in is intended for owners who want a tighter off-road ride or Rangers equipped with lighter aftermarket front bumpers or dual battery systems. For more heavy duty Ranger builds with large, boxed steel bumpers and/or winches, a spring rate of 700lb/in-750lb/in is recommended. Just let us know which rate is appropriate for you, and we'll add the corresponding spring to your kit. More great options to consider are the 2019-2020 Ford Ranger Radflo 2.5 Remote Reservoir Front Coilovers (2.5" Lift) and the 2019-2020 Ford Ranger Radflo 2.5 Remote Reservoir Front Coilovers (2" Lift), which both provide a customizable spring rate, a remote reservoir and a 2.5" diameter body.

A side and bottom perspective view of a Radflo 2-in diameter coilover

A Great Buy for Any Off-Road Ranger Build
Stock coilovers aren't the safest when it comes to off-roading, so if you plan on using your Ranger for that purpose, then you need a new coilover. Each coilover package adds drastic improvement to your Ranger's suspension and off-road capability. While each may be different, there is an option for anyone to safely take their truck on the trail they desire.

Stage 3 Motorsports' 2019 Ford Ranger 4WD Build on an off-road dirt path and surrounded by green trees in Gold Bar, Arizona

Have you tested aftermarket coilovers on your Ranger build yet? We'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!

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