AFTERMARKET companies are cashing in on the Ford Ranger’s rise up the 4x4 sales charts.
In July this year the Ranger was the best-selling 4x4 in Australia, shifting 2357 units (the Toyota Hilux was second with 2311 sales).
And in year-to-date sales Ford has sold 17,623 units, only 172 shy of the Hilux.
To capitalise on its growing popularity, companies are investing dollars and time creating and installation quality aftermarket products to the Ranger.
One such aftermarket mob intent on morphing the Ranger into a go-anywhere tourer is Harrop Engineering.
As you can see in the video, the Melbourne-based company has tweaked this Ford Ranger PXII XLT with a host of aftermarket goodies.
Let’s start with the Uneek chase rack (comprising a base rack, a spare wheel carrier and a roof rack). The base and roof racks are TIG-welded in 6061 aluminium, while the tyre carrier is made from steel.
The Ranger wears a set of Method Race Wheels wrapped in Nitto Trail Grappler rubber.
MCC side steps run along the rig’s flanks, while Rhino 4x4 provides frontal protection in the form of a low-cut bar.
Harrop has also installed its own ELocker to the front axle, and this works in tandem with the factory Ford rear locker – though it can run independently.
A free-flowing exhaust system and a Unichip Q4 tuning module, fitted by Harrop, ramps up engine performance, with torque jumping from 420Nm to 535Nm and power from 125kW to 157kW.
To learn the full list of additions, and how it performed On a test drive, check out the custom Ford Ranger's full review.