Ford Performance in the US and ARB 4×4 Accessories are to collaborate on the design and development of off-road accessories and vehicle recovery parts for Ford off-road enthusiasts. First product off the drawing board will be a winch-capable front bumper for the Ford Ranger.
Additional components designed to work with other Ford trucks and SUVs will be announced soon. ARB, Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of 4×4 accessories. is known for aftermarket parts that include bumpers, roof racks, snorkels, air compressors, lighting and more.
“The goal of the relationship between ARB and Ford Performance is to provide Ford customers premium and functional off-road accessories that inspire personalised vehicle customisation, improve off-road capability, and empower customers to feel comfortable using their vehicles – even in remote areas,” said Lachlan McCann, ARB chief operating officer.
Designed specifically for Ranger, the ARB winch-capable front bumper is engineered and built from welded sheet steel up to 3/16ths of an inch thick. It attaches to the truck using existing chassis mounting points and can be installed on any North American Ranger configuration.
Ford says that ARB and Ford Performance worked together to ensure the winch-capable front bumper is compatible with the truck’s factory components and the Ranger’s original safety systems and sensors maintain functionality with the new bumper fitted. Ford says the bumper is the only aftermarket steel bumper available for Ranger that meets regulatory crash test standards.
Compatible accessories for the all-new winch-capable front bumper for Ford Ranger include:
- WARN Industries M8000, XD9000, 9.5XP, 9.5XDC and VR EVO 10-S winches
- RIGID SR-Series LED lightbars, both 6-inch and 30-inch lengths
- Antenna and sand flag mounts
- Points for off-road jacks
The winch-capable front bumper will be available in 2020 through Ford dealers and Ford Performance Parts distributors for $1,495 ($AU2168) MSRP before installation, and comes with a Ford Performance Parts limited warranty.