Posted by Stephen Sandefur on 10/7/2019 to Before you Buy
Off the assembly line, the Ranger looks a tad underwhelming due to the small tires and disappointing rake. The Ranger doesn't earn the respect a truck deserves because of this. Looks aside, it could also perform better out in the dirt because of its low stance and tires. With the wide variety of aftermarket parts, the Ranger is far from hopeless; you can correct the Ranger's plain look and performance. One of the first additions you'll want to make is a front leveling kit so your truck looks aggressive, performs better off-road and fits bigger tires. With the addition of a spacer, strut, or coilover, your Ranger will be ready to crush the trail and make your friends envious! There are numerous ways you can achieve this leveling boost, but which is best for you?
Spacer Leveling Kits: One of the most economical but effective ways to get a few extra inches of lift is installing spacer leveling kits to your front struts. After your strut is exposed, the spacers can be installed. You will get a better ride off-road because of the increased height and the ability to fit larger tires. As far as price goes, spacers are a much more cost-effective option than a leveled strut or coilover, but without sacrificing quality. For our build, we used a BDS 2" Spacer Leveling Kit, which installed easily and handled off-road trails. It uses a top mounted steel strut spacers and a preload spacer to raise the Ranger without sacrificing too much stock ride quality and handling. If you want a high-quality, name-brand experience, browse our vast catalogue of spacer leveling kits.
Leveling Strut Kits: If you don't feel like adding leveling with a spacer, then you might want to replace your stock front strut with an aftermarket one. Eibach offers great options for the Ranger that make an immediate impact. You can acquire 3" of lift in a tough monotube design to improve suspension. Once your OEM strut is removed and the factory hardware is transferred, you can install your aftermarket strut. You can opt to reuse your factory spring, but an aftermarket coil will improve performance and ride quality over the stock spring. Unlike a spacer kit, your truck will perform better on treacherous terrain, ride close to the same on the street, and fit bigger tires. Aftermarket struts have improved compression and response over the factory front struts, while reducing body roll and instability on the road. Interested? Our full catalogue of leveled struts is available here.
Coilover Leveling Kits: Without a doubt, the pinnacle of front leveling upgrades is the coilover kit. If you have the cash, then these are the most premier choice to level your Ranger. With a lift of at least 3", your Ranger will have more than enough room to fit big tires and navigate around large obstacles off the grid. Their tough, gas-charged monotube design allows for a great ride on any terrain and resists potential damage from debris. The shocks also dissipate heat faster and contain more oil capacity than stock components for a more efficient drive. Some coilover kits even come with an extended travel version, which provides 35% increased front wheel travel over stock and articulation distance at no loss of ride quality. We recommend a 2.5" diameter coilover if you want maximum performance out of your Ranger's front leveling system. If this sounds like a great fit for you, then you can shop for 2.5" diameter coilover kits here.
No off-road 2019 Ford Ranger build is complete without a leveling kit. No matter if you pick a spacer, strut, or coilover kit, you'll love the new ride height and performance boosts! What's your favorite front suspension upgrade? Give us all the details in the comments below.