1995 Rock Crushing Ford Ranger

This 1995 Ford Ranger spent most of its life as a rental truck until James Tow purchased it and turned it in to the off-road beast you see here.

Clayton Cushman, the master of metal at Cushman Customs, built the Ranger’s custom chassis from 2×3-inch rectangular tubing, with rocksliders cleanly built into the design.

James is working with the tested-and-true pairing of a front Dana 60 and a 14-bolt rear axle. The rear has an Artec truss, 5.13 gears, and gets additional traction from a Grizzly locker, and more from Yukon Gear & Axle. Inside the front axle are a set of chromoly axleshafts, 5.13 gears, and a Yukon Zip locker. There’s also a front truss from Artec and a full hydro steering setup.

James grips the rocks with 41.5-inch Pit Bull Rockers stretched around his 17-inch beadlocks.

James sourced his 5.3L Vortec V-8 from a GMC Yukon and added a Terminator EFI system from Holley, a Standalone wiring harness, and much more under the hood.

The V-8 pumps its power into a 4L60 before it’s split up at the NorthWest FabWorks NP205 with a BlackBox underdrive.

Radflo 2.5×14 coilovers and bumpstops live at each corner of the Ranger. Trailing arms from RuffStuff Specialties and a pair of triangulated uppers link the rear axle to the frame. Up front you’ll find RuffStuff Heim joints connecting the four-link arms to the frame and axle, and James runs a TK1 Racing sway bar at each end of the truck.

Up front, the bumper is low-profile and cleanly tied into the chassis, and it sports a Smittybilt winch with synthetic line and a Factor55 fairlead and thimble.

The rear tube bumper is also built into the chassis and keeps the bed overhang from crumpling when descending ledges.

There’s a full rollcage built from 1.75-inch-diameter DOM tubing tied into the chassis. Seats are from PRP Racing, and the shift levers have been worked into a custom-built center console.

Don’t worry, it’s functional, even after the bed was dovetailed. There’s even room for the cooler, toolbox, and fuel cell.

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As a Ford Ranger enthusiast who enjoys modifying my Ford Rangers for off-road use, I quickly discovered that there wasn’t any websites dedicated to the subject. So in 1999, I created TheRangerStation.com. What started as my own personal desire to help other Ford Ranger owners, has grown into a wealth of online information from numerous contributors. 20-years later, my commitment to the Ford Ranger, and the Ford Ranger community, is as strong as ever.