Ford Offers New fox Improved Off Road Kit for It’s F-150 and Ranger

AbleGuy

Too Much Fun Club, founder
With it’s powerful gas efficient engines, great payload capacity and now improved suspension, the F-150 is looking harder and harder to beat in the full size trucks category.

What do you think though, is this package worth the money?

And is this new option an indicator that the Bison may be pushing Ford to man up the Ranger even more?


Ford Claims Ranger and F-150 Suspension Kit Improves Off-Road Capability


  • Ford is offering a suspension-leveling kit as an aftermarket add-on for all four-wheel-drive Ranger and F-150 pickup models.
  • The kit costs $1495 plus installation, and Ford says it's the first time it's offering a dealer-installed kit of its kind.
  • Buying the kit through authorized Ford dealers means it comes with a warranty.
Ford has partnered with off-road aftermarket equipment manufacturer Fox for a new leveling suspension kit for both Ranger and F-150 pickup trucks. Ford says this is the first time customers will be able to purchase such a kit through the Ford Performance Parts catalog, have it installed by a licensed dealer, and get a warranty.

The leveling suspension kit lifts the front of either truck by two inches, providing more ground clearance and a better approach angle, while essentially matching the rear suspension's stock height for a more uniform appearance. The kit consists of aluminum shock bodies, front coil-over springs, and new upper front mounts with polyurethane bushings. Ford says the kit increases the approach angle of the Ranger by 21 percent and up to 22 percent for the F-150.

Despite the improvements to off-road performance, Ford claims the suspension kit has been optimized for on-road handling. The internal valving of the shocks was co-developed with Fox and Ford to deliver what the automaker says is "confident performance and predictable handling." The development team tested the suspension kit on high-speed off-road courses as well as on a low-speed, rock-crawling course.

The kit costs $1495 plus installation (which can vary by dealer) and is available on four-wheel-drive models of the 2015–2019 F-150 and on the four-wheel-drive 2019 Ranger pickup.
 
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Buliwyf

Viking with a Hammer
Everyone I know is pretty much running a leveling kit on a 150 of some sort. So yeah. 2.0 coilovers for $1500, might be fair I guess.

Some used cheap pucks which suck. Some used decent Bilstein leveling kits with adjustment, which are nice. Some, King 2.5 coilovers which were, IIRC, around $3500.
 

DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
That $1500 for FOX 2.0 IFP without reservoir front coil overs and rear shocks is about normal price. They're certainly not offering a screaming deal but looking around might save a Benjamin or two at most so it's not twice the normal price either.

The ability to have them installed at the dealer, though, is probably attractive since it simplifies warranty and could I suppose be rolled into financing.

You should spent about $1000 more than that for FOX 2.5 IFP without reservoirs all around, another $1000 for reservoirs and DSC adjusters. So that $3k to $3.5k sounds about right for the top end of the FOX, King, Radflo, ICON.
 

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85_Ranger4x4

Well-known member
A step in the right direction but different tires that don't give it a hippo on a roller skate look with matching gearing would be a very nice addition.

As would a front locker and rear lift for those of us who don't mind a rake when empty and the truck to be more or less level when loaded.
 

Shovel

Dreaming Ape
I'm a fan of subtle improvements like this. They don't magically turn a fullsize pickup into a race prepped baja champion but they do earn their keep as far as I can tell - at least, the equivalent version of this for other brands I'm more familiar with are a worthwhile nudge in the right direction if you don't intend to pursue a dramatic lift.

Incidentally, Mopar offered a serious brand-backed suspension kit back in 2011 but it was around $20k and it seems to have been discontinued as fast as it materialized.
 

jbaucom

New member
The nice thing about this kit is that it doesn't risk voiding any warranty for those of us with trucks still covered under the original bumper-to-bumper warranty or with a Ford extended warranty.
 

85_Ranger4x4

Well-known member
The nice thing about this kit is that it doesn't risk voiding any warranty for those of us with trucks still covered under the original bumper-to-bumper warranty or with a Ford extended warranty.
As long as you don't put bigger tires on it...
 
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