Custom Tailoring a Mid-Size Off-Roader
It’s been about a year since Ford announced that the Ranger would be returning to US roads. In that time we’ve seen a few prototypes running around, and had a recent introduction at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Two days ago we saw the reveal of the Raptor Ranger for foreign markets, but it’s still debatable whether we’ll be seeing that particular Hi-Po Ford on our shores. However, until we know something more concrete about whether or not we’ll be getting a Ranger Raptor here think it would be a good idea to delve into what we would expect from such a Ford. This is our TOP 9 (Ain’t nobody got time for 10) List of features we want to see in a US-Spec Ford Ranger Raptor.
Ford 8.8 Axles – Front and Rear
So far Ford has announced that the Ranger will come with Dana axles, but we have not been told which models. Most likely they will be part of Dana’s newest generation of axles designed with an eye towards increasing fuel economy. We have long been fans of the Ford 8.8 axle for its strength, simplicity, and aftermarket support. The Super 8.8 currently used in the Mustang and F-150 builds on that tradition of strength and takes it to another level. It would be great to see those American made axles under an American made Ranger Raptor.
Front Torsen Differential
The F-150 Raptor has spoiled us with its front Torsen differential, it’s great. The amount of traction it can aid it loose terrain is greatly appreciated, and the improvements in steering are definitely noticeable…