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I recently purchased a brand new Ranger, a 2021 4x2 SuperCab that is pretty lightly equipped; I'm not going to go into a lot of details about story right now, because I feel that narrative might be better served in a different context, but the end outcome of my transaction is I now own two Rangers, a new one and my old 2002 Thunderbolt. I do not intend to keep this Thunderbolt; having the luxury of two vehicles, I originally had two of which neither was a reasonable daily driver. The truck is need of some pretty laborious repairs, and my other car at the time, a Golf R, was more a track-ready car I could drive daily, than a daily driver I could take to the track thanks to the previous owner's modifications to turn the wick up on it's drivetrain.
I will eventually be putting the Thunderbolt up for sale, but I plan to spend the rest of the year refurbishing the truck; I would rather not place it up for sale in it's current state because I'm concerned the next owner will daily-drive a rare, 20 year old Ranger with hard-or-impossible to replace parts because it's cheap enough. That's not what this post is about either.
I would eventually like to lower my truck. While I understand the advantages of an elevated view of the road, I feel like I'm a safer and better driver when I have spatial awareness of the dimensions of my vehicle in the context of lines on the road; the Thunderbolt splits the difference between a car and a new truck marvelously. I bought a 4x2 because I don't care for the 4WD system when 99% of the roads I travel on are flat and paved, and I didn't want the extra cost or weight of a system that I would only use because it's there and not because I want or need it. As I've searched around, I have comprehensively failed to find an out of the box solution, and so far have only found a couple of companies that are getting there seemingly through chassis modification instead of bolt-on parts. I'm wondering if anyone is aware of lowering kits and packages specifically designed for this generation Ranger, whether it be in the US or overseas. Considering the platform has been on sale since 2015 internationally, I would hope that someone somewhere by now would have looked at this "problem" and have either an answer, or an explanation as to why there isn't yet one.
This looks really damn good. I'm a fan of this. I honestly don't know if I'm going to do this anymore to my truck, I'm leaning into the T-Bolt pretty hard and I might end up selling the new ranger when I'm done with my work on this one. But if I don't, I'll definitely be adding this kit to my new truck. Beautiful Ranger, Tinmender. Thank you for sharing your work with us.A few photos of the what it looks like today