There’s no question that 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the truck and off-road community. The Big Three continue to battle it out with new and redesigned models including the ’19 Chevy Silverado and ’19 Ram 1500. And trucks like the Power Stroke diesel-equipped Ford F-150 are coming on strong. That excitement continues to the midsize truck segment with Ford re-entering the market with the Ranger nameplate in North America. With the all-new Ranger slated to hit dealer lots sometime in early 2019, we speculated that Ranger would have a strong presence in Ford’s booth at the 2018 SEMA Show—and we just got affirmation of that, as Ford’s marketing team announced it will have seven customized new Rangers in the Ford booth at the show this year. All lifted, Ford is making a statement about the direction it’s heading with the new trucks as a worthy off-road–capable contender.
Combing through the list of trucks on display, one in particular that grabbed our attention was Project Ranger X, a trail-prepped, motorsports-themed adventure rig built by BDS Suspension. We’re no stranger to BDS Suspension. The company has made a name in the truck and Jeep suspension market building top-quality kits and purpose-built rigs like Project Ascension and Project SD126, which have been previously spotlighted by the Four Wheeler Network. Ranger X has all the right stuff, including a longbed conversion (136-inch wheelbase) that fits a Knapheide service bed with a custom rack and RotopaX fuel storage, a James Baroud retractable awning, and an assortment of Rigid LED lighting. Inside, the bed received a protective Line-X coating before being fitted with a 125cc dirt bike, Dometic fridge, onboard air system, 120V power inverter, recovery gear, fullsize spare, and a waterproof Kicker audio system. The stock 2.3L EcoBoost engine and ten-speed transmission turn the 35-inch BFG KM3 tires on 17-inch XD Grenade OR wheels with the help of an extended-length Spicer driveshaft. Clearance for the tires comes from a BDS 6-inch IFS lift system featuring chromoly upper control arms and Fox 2.5 DSC coilovers and rear shocks. Along with replacement rear leaf springs, an Air Lift rear airbag setup was installed for good measure, helping with the extra weight of the service box and gear. Up front, a Warn Ascent bumper was added, outfitted with a 10,000-pound Zeon winch and Rigid lighting. Bushwacker fender flares were added, along with a custom set of rock rails to offer extra protection out on the trail.
Once again, the crew at BDS Suspension created a visually stunning, multifaceted, off-road–capable rig. We’ll have more coverage on Ranger X soon, but in the meantime feel free to drool over the gallery of photos and promo video.