One of the biggest joys of truck ownership is modifying it. If ever you’re in need of inspiration, SEMA is a great place to gawk and window shop. Although Ford’s F-150 dominates North American sales, the more world-wide mid-size Ranger is also a great platform for customization. As part of what Ford claims will be the largest OEM display at SEMA, we present the Ford SEMA Rangers.
Ford Performance Parts Ranger
If you want a high-spec off-roader with OEM support, look no further. Everything on this particular Ranger comes directly from the Ford Performance Parts catalog.
The most relevant overlanding mods include a Ford Performance-tuned Fox off-road leveling kit, a Warn winch mounted to a winch-able front bumper—complete with heavy-duty recovery kit & tow hooks—as well as Ranger Raptor wheels mounted with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires. For when the trail goes dark, let there be Rigid light: an underbody rock light kit, D-Series 2×2 LED cube lights in the fog light openings, a hood-hinge light kit, as well as three separate light bars on the front bumper.
There’s also the Tepui HyBox rooftop tent mounted to the Decked truck bed storage system. And of course, for that ultimate post-rock-crawling luxury, an ARB Elements fridge/freezer.
RTR Rambler Ranger
Ford’s partnership with Gittin Jr. has already born fruit with parts available for the Mustang and F-150. Now, the Ranger joins the mix.
The RTR Rambler Ranger was designed with a focus on overlanding. It has the same Fox leveling kit as the Ford Performance Ranger, but RTR also added underbody rock protection. The wheels, RTR Tech 6’s, are fitted with 33” Nitto Ridge Grappler tires, which required custom RTR fenders. There’s also RTR’s signature ‘fangs’ in the grille.
But overlanding requires more than just suspension and tires. That’s why there’s a SkyRise tent installed. And with the integrated snowboard supports, no powder will be safe from carving.
But camping isn’t the only reason people go off-roading. With that in mind, official Ford Accessories partner Yakima built this Ford Ranger with a focus on outdoor sports. And because of the partnership, everything here is available straight from the catalog.
Like the Ford Performance and RTR Rambler SEMA Rangers, it’s got a tuned Fox off-road leveling kit, as well as a Warn winch and recover kit and Rigid lighting. Yakima has also fitted BFGoodrich tires, 33” T/A KO2’s, albeit mounted on Fuel Recoil wheels. The company also added a protective cover to the rear differential and fitted a cat-back exhaust.
Finally, there’s a bed rack with a JayLow kayak mount and a HangOver bike carrier that can fit four bikes.
Advanced Accessory Concepts Ranger
But what if you need to go even further off-road? Way, way into the unknown? Advanced Accessory Concepts may have a Ranger for you.
The truck’s been fitted with a skid plate, rock sliders, and a Ford Performance rear differential cover. The bed has also been replaced with an AFN aluminum one, complete with enclosed canopy. Advanced Accessory Concepts also installed a 3.5” lift kit from Icon, AFN bumpers, and Vector wheels. And if you get stuck, there’s a Warn winch.
But even explorers take time to relax. For that, there’s a Tepui Hybox tent in the bed and a 50-quart ARB fridge.
‘Sustainability’ isn’t necessarily the first word that comes to mind when making an off-road pickup. But Hellwig has at least attempted to minimize some of the associated ecological damage with this SEMA Ranger build.
Make no mistake, this is a proper overland build. Hellwig added Icon suspension and wheels, as well as Falken tires. Hellwig also installed a Ford Performance rear differential cover, recovery kit, and cat-back exhaust (that last part seems a slightly odd choice for sustainability). Additive Desert Designs rock sliders and bumpers help protect from damage, and Rigid lighting guides the way. There’s even an ARB jack and Hellwig’s own sway bars.
For comfort and convenience, there’s a Tepui tent installed, as well as a sliding Trail Kitchens stove. There’s also a roadside-assistance kit and first-aid kit; good thinking, Hellwig.
So, where does the sustainability part come in? Solar panels. No, seriously, Hellwig installed Goal Zero solar panels on this Ford Ranger. MSN reports that they’re powerful to run all the installed camping equipment on their own. Every little bit counts.
Tjin Edition Ranger
But not every Ranger (or every other pickup owner) wants to go camping. Although lift kits are allegedly one of the most common Ranger mods, not everybody goes off-road. That’s why, for their SEMA Ranger, father-and-son design team Neil and Collin Tjin did something different.
And what’s the opposite of lifted? Slammed. The Tjins’ Ranger was lowered 8” in the front, and 9” in the rear. Other styling changes include RTR fender flares and grille, custom 20” Rotiform three-piece wheels, as well as a one-off wooden bed with a retractable Retrax cover. The paint is a custom BASF yellow.
The Tjins also made sure their Ranger could stop and go as well as it looked. The 2.3-liter turbocharged engine now has a Roush Performance intake and RPG intercooler, along with a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust. The brakes are now Baer six-piston, with 14” rotors.
And no need to worry about puncturing a tire. There’s a PowerTank CO2 system installed as well.