Over the last 18 months since we first got our hands on the 2019 Ranger we’ve been featured center stage at Ford’s booth at SEMA and made top 40 in SEMA’s Battle of the Builders competition. We’ve taken on the Overland Adventure, Moab trail rides, driven cross country numerous times and made it out to dozens of shows, races and dealer visits along the way. It’s been on the cover of Four Wheeler Magazine and still to this day is the only crew cab, long bed late model Ranger in existence (that we’re aware of). It’s the one and only Project Ranger X.

Stepping back to when we first got our hands on this truck, one of the first preproduction Rangers Ford build specifically for us to turn the project truck you see today…. Built up and ready for an adventure. With just 5 short weeks, the BDS build team took one of the first 2019 Ford Rangers in existence and overhauled it into a show stopper. Built for capability out on the trail, great looks with a strong stance, and plenty of utility with room to haul gear BDS's Project Ranger X elevates the Ranger to the next level. Starting with a pre-production 2019 Ranger right off the assembly line, this truck was torn down, the frame was extended, service bed and custom rack fitted, a BDS suspension lift installed and larger tires and accessories were added. We documented the build in a 5-part build series that followed the team as they transform

Project Ranger X Build Sheet:

2019 Ford Ranger XLT 4×4
2.3L EcoBoost Engine
10-Speed Automatic Transmission

Chassis/Suspension:
Custom Long Bed Conversion (136” wheelbase)
BDS 6” Lift System
BDS Upper Control Arms
BDS GlideRide Rear Leaf Springs (modified GM1500 springs)
FOX 2.5 Factory Series front DSC Coilovers
FOX 2.5 Piggyback DSC Rear Shocks
AirLift Rear AirBag System w/ Lower Cradle Mount
Rear (Extended) Spicer Driveshaft

Wheels & Tires:
35×12.50×17 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM3 Tires
17×9 KMC XD Series Grenade OR Wheels

Powertrain Mods:
Ford Performance/Borla Catback Exhaust System
Hypertech Programmer

Vehicle Mods:
OE Magnetic (charcoal) Paint w/ Black & Fiery Orange Stripes
Knapheide Utility Box w/ Custom Built Rack System
Warn Ascent Front Bumper
Warn Zeon 10-S Winch with Factor 55 FlatLink
Custom Rock Sliders and Rear Bumper
Rigid LED Lighting (Radiance, SR-M, and Scene Series)
Bushwacker Front Pocketstyle Fender Flares
Dometic CFX 40W Electric Cooler on Slide
MaxTrax MKII Recovery Devices
Rotopax 2.5 Gallon FuelpaX Containers
Amp Research Fuel Door
Warn Epic Recovery Kit
James Baroud USA Retractable Awning
Air Lift Quick Shot Air Compressor and 2-Gallon Tank
Ford Performance Rear Diff Cover and Diff Skid
sPod 8-switch Touchcreen Relay System
Dual 35” Spare Tires mounting in the bed
Kicker Audio System (KMC10 Head Unit/KMTC Tower Speakers)
Optima YellowTop H6 Battery
Custom Built Kegorator

Four Wheeler Features Project Ranger X

Anybody that knows offroad knows Four Wheeler Magazine. Its one of the largest, longest running, offroad focused publications in existence keeping up on events, trends and industry news. The staff got wind of the BDS 2019 Ford Ranger project build (Project Ranger X)  for Ford’s Booth at SEMA and immediately showed interest this, the newest version of Ford’s midsize pickup offering full outfitted into a utilitarian motorsports themed adventure rig before most had ever laid eyes on the new truck. After checking out the truck at the show Four Wheeler wanted more and set up a time after the show to shoot a full feature on it. Earlier this week that feature story went live on FourWheeler.com giving everyone the inside scoop on Project Ranger X, the truck they affectionately refer to as a mullet. Check out the feature online at (Four Wheeler – BDS’s 2019 Ford Ranger) and keep an eye out for it in an upcoming print issue of the Four Wheeler.

 

With the build announcement made public right before SEMA there were a number of news sites and media outlets that jumped on 2019 Ford Ranger press release. Several outlets shared the build renderings, backstory to the builds and created even more buzz for these revival of the midsize truck back in North American just a few short months away. Among them was BDS’s Project Ranger X, a motorsports themed utilitarian truck capable offroad and ready for an adventure. For more on Project Ranger X see the links below and head to the full buildup coverage.

Ranger X Coverage:

Build Intro

Build Update #1

Build Update #2

Build Update #3

Build Update #4

Finished Build

Media Coverage:

Ford’s media announcement: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/media-kits/2018/ford-at-sema-2018.html

FourWheeler.com ran a first look feature story on the build along with photos of the completed project: http://www.fourwheeler.com/sema/2017/mtsema18-bds-project-ranger-x-first-look/

CarAndDriver.com ran a feature on all 7 Rangers debuting at the show: https://www.caranddriver.com/news/2019-ford-ranger-pickups-sema

MotorTrend.com ran a feature on all 7 Rangers debuting at the show: https://www.motortrend.com/news/2019-ford-ranger-gets-sema-treatment/

AutoBlog.com ran a feature on all 7 Rangers from the show: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/10/26/2019-ford-ranger-sema-concepts/

The Fast Lane Truck TFLtruck.com ran a feature on all 7 Rangers at the show: https://www.tfltruck.com/2018/10/2019-ford-ranger-raptor-lift-concept-xbox-sema-2018/

TheDrive.com ran a feature on all 7 Rangers at the show: http://www.thedrive.com/news/24518/ford-splashes-onto-sema-scene-with-7-off-road-2019-ranger-concepts

Ranger5G.com ran a feature on BDS’s Ranger X: https://www.ranger5g.com/revealed-first-2019-ford-ranger-sema-build/

Ford Performance ran a feature on all 7 Rangers at the show: http://performance.ford.com/enthusiasts/media-room/20180/10/built-ford-tough-ranger-returns-to-sema.html

TruckTrend.com ran a feature on all 7 Rangers at the show: http://www.trucktrend.com/news/1810-mtsema18-customized-2019-ford-ranger-headed-to-sema-2018/

Motoroso.com Full Feature on BDS’s Ranger X: https://www.motoroso.com/5baaa67309ba0/Project/5baabc14417ba/2019-Ford-Ranger-SuperCrew-by-BDS-Suspension/5bd7f45695fcb/2019-Ford-Ranger-XLT-4X4-SuperCrew-by-BDS-Suspension-%E2%80%93-Las-Vegas-Trucks-FordSEMA?ajax

Project Ranger X

Its finally time to let the cat out of the bag. We’ve been holding or tongue for months waiting for the approval from Ford to announce our latest build and on the coat tails of their big announcement we’re excited to announce that BDS is building a 2019 Ford Ranger to showcase in the Ford Booth at the 2018 SEMA Show, located in central hall #22200.

Dubbed Project Ranger X, this 2019 Ford Ranger is one of only a handful of the new trucks in existence at this point as production doesn’t ramp up until early 2019. This early production version was built special for us as part of Ford’s Project Vehicle Program were we submitted a concept proposal back in February to build an adventure themed offroad capable truck. After months of planning, proposals, CAD modeling and waiting for production we finally took possession of the truck mid-September which left us with 5 weeks to overhaul the new 2019 Ford Ranger into the concept you see hear. All serious builds start with a rendering to put the ideas to paper and figure out what does and does not work. We turned to the artists at KEG Media with a napkin sketch and a list of parts and in a matter of a day had a finished rendering ready to go.

Being we went into this build knowing the timeline would be tight, we sourced vehicle CAD from Ford to start designing suspension components and accessories ahead of time along with reaching out to industry partners to make sure parts were on hand and ready to install as soon as the truck arrived. The build list will include a newly developed (and future production) BDS 6″ suspension lift, 35″ tires, heavy duty winch bumpers and offroad lighting, swapping the bed out for a service box loaded up with tons of gear.

Follow along as we overhaul our 2019 Ford Ranger into a show stopper that not only looks good but is built to perform out on the trail.

Here’s the truck in stock form. It won’t be like this for long…

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