Something to consider when choosing a Leveling or Lift Kit


Jim Oaks

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The 2019 Ford Ranger has crash bars in front of and behind the front tires. When you lift your truck and try to install larger tires, these crash bars will be something that could get in the way, and where your tire may rub.

The good thing is that these bars bolt in place with a 15mm bolt. Some companies may offer replacement crash bars like the ones shown below. They are designed to actually give you more tire clearance.

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This Ranger is running 265/70/17 (31.93x10.70x17) Cooper Discoverer STT PRO mud terrains without any lift, and still manages to clear the crash bars. Once you get in to the 33-inch and larger tire sizes, the crash bars are something to take in to consideration.

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Hey Jim,
Thanks for the info. I've had my XLT off road a little bit and while the stock tires have done admirably, I am looking to put a set of 265/70/17 BF Goodrich AT KO2's on. Are the wheels you have on the truck stock (offset and/or backspace)? Unfortunately I have to order my tires on line and can't pop in to my local tire shop to have them mount a set and try them on the truck before purchasing. Thanks for the site and the info!
 

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Yeah, those are the stock 17" graphite wheels for the Sport/FX4 package here in the US.
 

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Some companies may offer replacement crash bars like the ones shown below. They are designed to actually give you more tire clearance.
BUT... there's always a but..... :unsure:

Something to consider before removing or modifying the crash bars. Ford designed the crash bars to help minimize passenger and driver foot / leg injuries in the event of a small overlap frontal crash.

I contacted Fabtech about their Crash Bar kits for 2019 Ford Rangers. They do no testing or analysis to determine if their kits are as strong, stronger or weaker than the OEM crash bars.

Check out this link for additional information related to crash testing: https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/ford/ranger-crew-cab-pickup/2019#front-crash-prevention

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