Ford Ranger prerunner is one of the most popular models that we can see in various off-road magazines and websites. These trucks are very simple and affordable therefor they are often selected as a prerunner platform by DIY enthusiasts. You can find Rangers in both RWD and 4WD configurations and base lengths.
They were in production since 1983 until 2012 when Ford dropped this model off the production line. Low cost and high reliability made Ranger a best seller among small pickup trucks and, as a result of such popularity we can see a huge amount of aftermarket parts and components for it. If you are willing to find an affordable and easy to maintain entry level prerunner – Ranger will be your number one choice. With a truck like this, you can keep your comfortable daily driver and turn this truck into an ultimate desert rig without spending tons of cash.
Pretty much all manufacturers of aftermarket off-road equipment have an extensive product line of Ford Ranger prerunner parts, so you don’t have to spend much time on designing your own components and custom fabrication. Its very capable but still stands on one step lower than fullsize trocks like Toyota Tundra or Nissan Titan prerunners.
The most important part of every prerunner build is choosing the right suspension setup. Kamburg, Dixon bros, HM racing design can offer you kits from mild to wild with a suspension travel starting from 15″ up to 24″, which will be more than enough for spirited driving in the desert.
If you are concerned about the wheel size, you can choose any setup between 33″-35″ and up to 39″ tires.
Bulge fenders and lightweight hood will help you to clear large wheels and allow a decent suspension travel.
If you tired of the edgy stock design of a Ranger, guys at Fiberwerks have something cool to offer you: a Ranger to Raptor conversion body kit. It includes a complete set of body panels, fenders, quarterpanels, one-piece front end with raptor grille and headlights.
As for the engines, we can’t really say that it came with a very powerful one. It was available with 4 and 6 cylinder motors of 2.3L – 4.0L, that was giving out up to 207HP and 238 lb ft of torque, however many owners have chosen a custom V8 conversion.