While the mid-size truck market never died, it did have a bit of a lull over the over the last 2 decades with Ford, GM and RAM limiting their product offerings for the midsize market. That however is a thing of the past with most major auto manufacturers getting into the midsize truck marketing and competition heating up to be on top. Where the Tacoma seemed to control this market for years, the revival of Colorado and Canyon in 2015 with the diesel and ZR2 variants have brought competition. In 2019 Ford brought back the Ranger nameplate (with a Ranger Raptor variant available oversees. Anybody that knows BDS knows we're a fan of the new Ford Ranger and own a pretty cool custom long wheelbase motorsports inspired one that goes by the name RangerX.
At the same time RangerX was getting thrashed on during a 5 week build for Ford's booth at SEMA, the crew over at Air Designs was setting up their brand new 2019 Ranger to appear alongside. The plan was a little different... build a comfortable, yet capable everyday driver. Something that accentuates the factory styling and builds on the platform with key styling ques to give a nod to the Ranger Raptor. What they came up with is a header turning Ford Ranger, one that took home top honors at the 2018 SEMA Show and continues to get thrown into service both for events and promotional efforts as well to be used as an everyday driver.
This Ranger is running the BDS 3.5" UCA Llift system with FOX 2.0 coilovers and shocks, 33" Nitto tires on 20" Fuel wheels, a fully painted set of Air Designs trim enhancements to include a front skid plate, fender flares, hood scoop, fender vents, rocker panel and tailgate cladding along with a tailgate spoiler. LED lighting was added from Rigid and a Borla catback exhaust. Inside the truck has been fitted with a custom leather interior accents and Kicker audio system to set it off. All in all the guys over at Air Designs knocked it out of the park with this Ranger.